The Ordinary Skincare Review

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In this post I will be discussing a brand whose popularity is continuously growing: The Ordinary.

The Ordinary is a brand from DECIEM; which is formed through a collection of different skincare brands such as The Ordinary. On their website they demonstrate their focus on integrity and honesty, stating that ‘in the category of functional beauty, integrity is rare’. Furthermore, they feel that ‘commonplace technologies are referred to as groundbreaking and insensible pricing strategies confuse the audience, disguising commodity technologies as advanced’. They explain that ‘The Ordinary exists to communicate with integrity and bring to market effective, more familiar technologies at honourable prices’. You can look more into the aims of The Ordinary on their about section here.

I was introduced to The Ordinary by my friend Maisy during a conversation about skincare routines, and went on to buy some of their products shortly afterwards.

The products that I will be reviewing are as follows:

  1. Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% (30ml) – £4.90
  2. Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (15ml) – £3.90
  3. Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (30ml) – £5.80

Okay so I’m going to be totally honest before I get into reviewing each product – the names of The Ordinary products absolutely terrify me. As someone who decided not to pursue a science career because it meant I would have had to take Chemistry at A Level, I know nothing about any of these percentages so I just went with the products that seemed less terrifying. Additionally, whilst I would like to fully commit to a skincare routine that is just comprised of The Ordinary products, there seems to be a lot of science involved and certain products can conflict with others, so I would want to clear some time to look into each product. The Ordinary do have a helpful page on what conflicts with what and examples of product combinations for certain skin worries, you can find this here. However, that’s difficult for me as I would like a regime that includes pigmentation issues, dehydration AND tackling signs of ageing.

Okay without further ado we’re going to get into reviewing each product!

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% (30ml) – £4.90


The description for this product on The Ordinary’s website is as follows:

‘Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and its pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid has been shown to reverse multiple signs of skin ageing while brightening the skin when applied topically.’

This product is: water-free, alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.

I personally chose this product because I have a patch of hyper-pigmentation on my cheek and like to use products that reduce that as well as brighten my skin. Additionally, I have started using more products that reduce or prevent signs of ageing.

I use this product before bed and I definitely find that it works really well for what I want; if I go for a couple of days without using it the hyper-pigmentation that I have is a lot more noticeable. What I will say, and this goes for all of these products, is make sure you follow the instructions. This product states to only use a small amount and I definitely would adhere to that.

I would not recommend this to people with sensitive skin, it does warn on the website that you may experience a ‘very strong tingling but non-irritating sensation’ during your first few weeks of use whilst your skin adjusts. I personally did not have this but it doesn’t feel soft on my skin, it kind of feels like an exfoliating product. I believe that is due to it containing powder/sphere structures within the liquid. This does fade but it’s not particularly comfortable and I could see it irritating people with sensitive skin.

Overall I really love this product and will definitely buy it again once I run out! If you would like to buy this product then you can via The Ordinary’s website. You can find the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% through the following link.

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (15ml) – £3.90


On The Ordinary’s website, this product is described with the following:

‘Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use.’

This product is: alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and cruelty-free. It also has a ph of 3.2-3.5.

So I get spots around my time of the month, and any time there’s some kind of important event because my skin thinks that would be a great time to breakout. Therefore, I was looking for a product that would combat my occasional breakouts quickly and easily without having to use something every single day.

I honestly am not a fan of this product. The directions are to apply a small dot onto the spot for visible improvement or use a small amount all over the face to maintain clear skin with continued use. Due to the pipette-style dispenser I find it very difficult to get a dot of the product onto the blemish without a concentrated amount getting on the surrounding skin. If you do leave some on the healthy skin (like I have done) it is not pretty. My skin ended up really dry and flaky/crusty around the area I had attempted to apply the product and it made it look 10x worse. Additionally I found there was no improvement to the actual breakout itself.

Furthermore, the website advises ‘ indirect forms of skin exfoliation in favour of direct forms such as this formula due to potential inflammation and sensitivity associated with acids’, that the ‘formula should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin’, and that it ‘may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn’ so you should ‘limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards’. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a really scary product. I actually didn’t buy the product from The Ordinary’s website and the place that I bought it from didn’t detail all of this information, if it had I wouldn’t have bought it.

I personally think there are better products to combat spots that are less potentially damaging. That’s just my personal opinion, there’s a good chance that I’m using the product wrong or am just being way too scared of a skincare item. If you would like to try out this product for yourself, you can buy it through The Ordinary’s website.

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (30ml) – £5.80


Finally, the description for this product is:

‘Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.’

This product is: alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. It also has a ph of 4.5-5.0.

For some reason I seem incapable of concealing under-eye bags without it looking super cakey and weird so I’m up for anything that can reduce my dark circles without the need for concealer and this product is fantastic for it! I use all of this product at night as I don’t want to be waiting for it to be absorbed in order to be able to do my makeup, especially if it’s 6am! I definitely find that this product reduces my dark circles dramatically. I can’t comment on puffiness as I don’t get puffiness under my eyes very often, but I haven’t had any puffiness at all since using this product.

The only issue that I have with this product is that when I apply eyeliner the next day using a pen (the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner), it’s harder to glide across my lid and drags quite a bit. Additionally, when I’m trying to create a wing it tends to flake off of my skin more easily than when I haven’t used the product the night before. However, to be honest I don’t find this to be a huge problem, I can just layer a darker liner over the top in the areas that are less pigmented. Honestly I think it’s worth dealing with eyeliner that’s slightly more difficult to apply than normal for having less dark circles.

I love this product so much that every time I use it I check how much I have left because I’m worried about running out – I still have over half a bottle left and have had it for months now! If you’d like to give this product a try then head over to The Ordinary’s website to find out more.

I really hope you enjoyed this review! If you did then be sure to like my post and leave a comment to let me know if you have any ideas of products I should try – whether they’re from The Ordinary or another brand. Make sure you follow me to keep updated with what I’m posting!


Charlotte (Multibendystraw)

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