The Ordinary || Deciem Store Haul
The Ordinary have become synonymous with affordable products that work in the skincare industry. Pretty no frills, fairly uncomplicated formulas, very confusing if you're trying to work out where to start because nearly everything is sold separately. It's taken me several months of researching and trying stuff out to even begin to know where to start, and even then I was sceptical of ordering products just in case the prices nearly were too good to be true.
Often sold on ASOS, definitely sold on Cult Beauty, The Ordinary's parent company Deciem is not without it's scandals thanks to owner Brandon, but it is hailed as a game changer. They also have two physical stores in London - one in Covent Garden, and one a stones throw from Leicester Square
I accidentally stumbled across (or not so accidentally - I was looking for it without really looking) the Leicester Square store and was immediately drawn in in the hopes that they would stock all the products that are so often sold out online. £60 later and the damage was done, and I stepped out of the exposed-brick-and-wood-and-white-paint 'hipster' store in a total skincare daze. But honestly? I got a lot of skincare for my hard earned cash.
I'll try to explain as best as I can as I run through what I got what each one does, in case you're interested but have no idea where to start. The chemical names are pretty confusing, but once you begin to wrap your head around what goes where and does what, it gets a lot easier to understand. Plus - the chemical names and pipette bottles make me feel like a mad scientist, but on my face.
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution - £4.20 for 30ml
A BHA (for more information on acids, go here) solution that is great as a targeted spot treatment, or as an acid toner all over. My skin is (touch wood) quite clear at the moment, so I'm keeping this in my arsenal to use as a spot treatment when the lurkers start lurking. Cheap and cheerful, gets the job done. Contains salicyclic acid and witch hazel.
Mandelic Acid 10% + HA - £5.80 for 30ml
An AHA solution combined with hyaluronic acid for extra hydrating properties. Mandelic acid is gentler than glycolic and lactic, making it suitable for those with more sensitive skin, but who still want the exfoliating power of an acid. Also a good choice for oilier skins, which is why I want to try it out.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - £5.90 for 30ml
The best solution to rehydrate your skin - as long as you apply it to damp skin, and add moisturiser on top. It'll retain the moisture and keep your skin looking plump and feeling hydrated. A no nonsense formula with one type of hyaluronic acid.
Different format to explain just why I have made a retinol investment, when I don't need retinol on my face yet. Background - retinol is the only ingredient that will truly help reverse the signs of aging (other than preventative measures like SPF), and is very popular for that reason. However, you don't need to start using it until you're in your 30's, really. But I recently posed a question in a skincare group to see if anyone had any recommendations for reducing the look of scarring, and the main product I was told to use was a retinol. And so I decided to pick up a more expensive body oil - Retin-Oil from The Chemistry Brand (£20 for 100ml) - that contains added vitamin C and E alongside retinol, and a cheaper face retinol - Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalene (£7.80 for 30ml) - to see which one would do a better job. If, indeed, they do anything at all.
Vitamin C Suspension 23% and HA Spheres 2% - £4.90 for 30ml
I love using a vitamin C to help brighten my skin, and smooth the texture. I've been debating what to go for since I ran out of my beloved Clinique Fresh Pressed system, and TO's Vit C suspension is reasonably priced with a high % of Vit C in its pure form of L-Ascorbic. The suspension is water free so it stays stable, and whilst the texture isn't the nicest (it has a slightly gritty edge), it does do the job.
Niacinimide 10% + Zinc 1% - £5 for 30ml
This is actually a repurchase. I've been using TO's Niacinimide for around threeish weeks now,. and I love it for sebum regulating and generally preventing breakouts. It's excellent stuff, which is why it's usually sold out (although right now Cult Beauty have it in stock - don't walk, run), and so I stocked up before mine runs out. I will not go without it. Although if you're using a Vit C - apply niacinimide in the morning, and the vit c at night.
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG - £5.80 for 30ml
Featuring caffeine and a potent polyphenal of green tea, this is the treatment I've been wanting to try for ages. But it's always been sold out online, and so I was thrilled to see the shop had it in stock. Apparently good for reducing the look of dark bags and puffiness, it targets everything I need it to in the eye area. Quick word of warning - don't actually get it in your eyes. I did, and that shit stings.
Have you tried anything from The Ordinary, or any of Deciem's other companies? What do you swear by for your skin?