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Not So Ordinary – The Ordinary Skincare

When we think about skincare products, many of the highly recommended serums come with a hefty price tag. We know we are paying for the branding and supposedly long extensive research done behind each product, but is it really worth the price?

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I have been using The Ordinary products that offer specific ingredients for anti-aging for a couple of years now. Previously, I have tried across different brands ranging from luxury skincare brands to drugstore brands alike. They each offer similar results, and I started questioning the dollar value after a while. I was very happy to chance upon The Ordinary products that comes with a super reasonable price tag!

First, lets look at my favourite ingredients for anti-aging, and the products I use from The Ordinary.

  • Retinoid (12 USD~)

Retinoid, or you might see Retin-A, Retinol, Tretinoin, are all derivative of Vitamin A skincare family. Touted as the age-reversal ingredient, many people are still skeptical about its efficacy as it has a bad name for causing irritation when one starts using it. Some other symptoms like dryness, itching, redness and increased sensitivity are reported, however not everyone gets it.

Key Benefits : Fight Acne, Reduce Wrinkles, stimulate Collagen, promote Cellular Turnover, evens skin tone, increase blood flow to skin.

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

I have been using The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion for years now. I hardly had any adverse reaction to it even at the start, and its my holy grail product! Many of my friends noticed a difference in my skin just into one week of using it. Till today, its still the serum that I cannot live without. However, if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, the use of Retinol products is not recommended.

Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

  • Ferulic Acid (10 USD~)

Ferulic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the skin against harmful free radicals, and in turn diminishes the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and reduces signs of pre-mature aging caused by environmental free radicals. FA works very well with Resveratrol and I’ve been using this product for a few months now. I was previously on another pharmaceutical brand and this is easily 10% of what I paid for that.

Key Benefits : Antioxidant, reduces development of fine lines, wrinkles and spots.

“Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%

  • Copper Peptides (34 USD~)

Copper Peptides serves as an antioxidant that has many benefits for our skin, and this includes rejuvenating skin cells and boosting collagen and elastin production to target aging. It also removes damaged collagen and elastin from the skin. Our body slows down in collagen production as we age, and to increase the ability to produce more, we will be able to decelerate aging making signs less visible.

The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides combines their best selling ‘Buffet’ serum with peptides added. I use this serum 2-3 times a week alternating between retinol and this. Take note that this product should not be used together with Retinols.

Key Benefits : Rejuvenate skin cells, boost Collagen and Elastin production, removes damaged collagen and elastin

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

  • Vitamin C (7 USD~)

If having fair skin is your thing, you will definitely need to include Vitamin C into your skincare routine. Vitamin C an antioxidant, protecting skin cells from damaging free radicals. It also inhibits melanin production, so if you have uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, brown spots and scars, Vitamin C works very well in lightening the, in turn giving you radiance and glowy skin.

The Ordinary Vitamin C suspension combines the hydrating wonder ingredient Hyaluronic Acid into one. The product gives a tingling sensation if you are new to Vit C application, but is nothing too major. I love how my skin feels the next morning after, v glowy and radiant. Do take note not to use this product with other serums.

Key Benefits : neutralises free radicals, whitens spots, evens out uneven skin tone, antioxidant properties help skin’s regeneration process.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

  • Niacinamide (7 USD~)

Enlarged pores are always a concern for me as my pores are very visible. Large pores trap dirt and debris and thus affecting your sebum production as they clog up easily. Niacinamide helps to minimise pore appearance and regulates oil / sebum production. It also acts as a lipid barrier to protect the skin against sun damage. It minimises fine lines and wrinkles as well as treats hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide also helps to build keratin, a type of protein that helps to keep your skin firm and healthy!

This has been my daily morning serum for the last few years! I use this after toner and before moisturiser every morning.

Key Benefits : Reduce pore size, oil control, protect skin against free radical damage, minimise fine lines and wrinkles

Pycnogenol 5%

  • Pcynogenol (11 USD~)

Pycnogenol is a plant extract from the pine back of French maritime pine trees.  It is full of antioxidants, collagen, and elastin. This, when taken orally, has shown to help women increase skin hydration and elasticity, as well as in the production of hyaluronic acid. Because of its high antioxidants, it removes free radicals on our skin before they cause damage by oxidative stress. It is also said to be able to recycle oxidised Vitamin C to help restore its activity to give rise to glowy and radiant skin.

Using this serum 1-2 times weekly, I will wake up to plump skin that looks and feels really hydrated. The dark brown serum also gave my pale skin a nice radiance the morning after. I use this product on its own without any moisturiser after and yet, your skin will feel just as hydrated the next day.

Key Benefits : Increase hydration, improve elasticity, plumps up skin, prevent inflammation, improve visible signs of aging.

Sharing all my favourite serums from The Ordinary that I have been using religiously for years. With a price tag ranging from 7 USD to 34 USD, how can you resist trying out these serums?

However, do note that everyone’s skin is different and what I use regularly may not have the same results for you as for me. Though not all of The Ordinary’s products are on my recommended list as well, I do appreciate the company’s no frills approach to using established ingredients and selling them as it is. This allows for users to learn and understand what works for their skin and what not, and this will definitely help when we are choosing skincare products from other brands as well.

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