the ordinary haul

As much as my knowledge on makeup has grown in the past few years (all thanks to YouTube I must say), I remain pretty much ignorant when it comes to skincare. I have never paid much attention to it, a Nivea moisturizer is pretty much all I ever used. Luckily my skin has always been good enough to never need much caring. Besides those two pimples that showed up once a month, but no one can escape those.

But lately my skin has been a mess, so I finally decided to take the plunge on a brand I’ve been seeing everywhere this year: The Ordinary.

This brand is part of the DECIEM company. Its mission is to offer effective skin care at an affordable price. No complex formulas no crazy packaging. No frills, just stuff that works. As soon as I saw these claims and the very low price tags, I knew I had to at least try. The only downside is, for someone as clueless as I am in the subjects the product selection can be extremely confusing. After gathering a little patience I browsed the whole website and a lot of blogs I seem to have found a few products for the issues I have right now. Here’s everything I got:

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

This one is for the under eyes and helps with the puffiness and discoloration. My dark circles have been bothering me for a long time, but I never managed to find anything remotely effective. Hopefully, this one will.¬†Drinking caffeine makes us feel more awake, so why wouldn’t it help for our eye bags.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

I exfoliate my face at least once a week. Lately, I keep hearing how physical exfoliation is actually damaging the skin in the long run. Since I was making the order there was no harm in trying to switch to a chemical one. This product exfoliates, making the skin brighter and even. But also helps clear the pores, which is perfect for getting rid of blemishes. I am having the worst breakout of my life lately and doesn’t seem to want to stop. Crossing my fingers this will help.

Advanced Retinoid 2%

This one is a combination of two different retinoid actives. Retinoid is said to help a lot to clear the skin, reducing aging effects and discoloration. So, apparently Retinoid is pretty much a miracle worker. I have heard really good reviews about this products everywhere and I’m really excited to see some results.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

I was hesitant on getting this one, since as far as I know Hyaluronic Acid draws moisture from the skin to the surface, only giving the appearance of hydrated skin. On the site is actually explained that this is formulated so the skin is actually hydrated on multiple levels and not just appears that it is.

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

This moisturizer contains many hydrating elements, including hyaluronic acid as well as many others. It also claims to be non-greasy, which I struggle to find in most moisturizers I’ve tried. This, with the Hyaluronic Acid and the next product I’m going to mention, was suggested in an example regimen for dehydrated skin, which is the biggest issue with my skin.

100% Plant-Derived Squalane

I don’t know much about this product, but if it helps with hydration, I’m down with it. For it being an oil is surprisingly not greasy at all, which makes me think it can be great for oily skin too.

First Impressions

I’ve been using these products regularly for less than a week, so this is just my first impression. The exfoliator is the first I tried, but only used it once. It didn’t do miracles for the blemishes right away, but the skin was definitely well exfoliated. The caffeine has had visible effects immediately after the first application, which makes me hopeful for the results in the long run.

As I introduced all the other products in my routine all at once, I can’t isolate the results for each product. But overall, my skin has already started clearing a lot, for the first time in months. It’s also more hydrated than usual, although I could use a little more. Everything absorbs quickly without leaving the skin too tacky, which is my biggest peeve.¬†If these are the results after only a few days I can only imagine how constant use is going to benefit my skin.

Have you tried anything by The Ordinary? How did you like it?