Out of The Ordinary
Very few beauty brands have managed to make quite as much of an impact as The Ordinary in such a short space of time. Their products are everywhere - and for good reason. Their no-frills approach to skincare stands out in a market that's so oversaturated with products making exaggerated claims and promises. I've slowly been working my way through the products that appeal most to me and I have to say that so far I've been very impressed, not least because good quality skincare that works is finally not completely out of budget any more.
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Tired, puffy eyes are one of my biggest bugbears, even on days where I’ve had plenty of sleep. I go through phases with eye creams, but there’s something about this rich serum that feels soothing and refreshing as soon as it’s applied to the skin. It’s also relatively hydrating - probably more so than any other product of its kind that I’ve tried - so applying corrector and/or concealer over the top is a breeze. I’ve used this religiously for over 6 weeks now and have noticed a significant difference to how bright and well rested my eyes look. It’s not a replacement for 8 hours sleep, but it certainly comes close.
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The first product from The Ordinary that I tried is probably still my favourite of the lot. I know from the results achieved with my beloved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo that my blemished skin loves zinc, and since I swapped it out for this I haven't felt the need to go back to the more expensive version even once. It's a gentle serum that can be patted into the skin until vanishing to nothing, leaving no greasy film and no dry, tight feeling in its wake.
Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
If there's one thing I wish The Ordinary would do well, it's a heavy duty moisturiser. I suffer with dry skin year-round so slathering myself in the stuff morning and night is a necessity. Of all of the products I've tried from the brand this is the only one that I've really struggled to get on with. I need a rich layer of hydration which this just doesn't provide, yet its simple formula and lack of fragrance means it's one of the few moisturisers not to irritate my skin - so it's not all bad news. I can imagine this being great on oilier skins, it's just not for me unfortunately.
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
The ultimate ingredient for blemish-prone skin, salicylic acid has a way of soothing and calming active spots down, as well as making sure that they leave as subtle a mark behind them as possible. I've made my way through a couple of bottles of this already, not least because it's significantly smaller in size than the rest. Even so, two or three drops patted over bare skin straight after cleansing is enough to keep me relatively well on top of things, while applying a little more directly to active blemishes acts as instant relief.