The Ordinary Review | Niacinamide, Vitamin C, AHAs & BHAs

The Ordinary is a brand focused on integrity and providing honesty about their products. Often times, skincare companies can hide a number of nasty ingredients under the guise of different names (aka fragrance) and make you pay the world for it too. But the Ordinary is trying to create a beauty market where everybody not only understands the product but can afford it. Due to the crazy affordability of their products, The Ordinary can be ridiculously hard to get your hands on- especially in NZ where we have no retailers or stockists. In this video I review the brand and 3 products (Niacinamide, Ascorbyl Glucoside and the Peeling Solution) and decide whether or not it is worth the trouble you have to go through to buy them.

Here is a quick breakdown of what I talk about in the video:

 

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside 12%

A vitamin C serum that helps to brighten your skin tone and reduces signs of aging. I bought it primarily to help fade acne scarring. I primarily use this serum to help fade my acne scarring and hyper pigmentation. It is SUPER underrated and is virtually never sold out- which is excellent news for you my friend. It has been working wonders on helping to reduce redness but it is unbelievably sticky. The tackiness is outright awful and will divide a lot of people who use this serum. It absorbs really quickly, but within 30 seconds of the ol tap-tap pat-pat it feels nasty. I generally try to wait around 10 minutes before lathering up the moisturiser in order to give it more time to work its magic. Aside from that, this serum is a really nice alternative to the other vitamin c skincare products on the market. It is 12%, so it is a good middle ground- not as serious as others such as Wishtrend's C21.5 but does a lot more than just provide the glow that the Klairs Vitamin Drop Serum does. It comes in a UV Protective Packaging, which basically just means that it is a darker bottle to help prevent the vitamin c from destabilising too soon.

  • It is imperative that you use sunscreen every day when you are using this one.

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The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

One of the most in demand products and is 90% of the time sold out. It is aimed towards the oily skin type as it focuses on reducing sebum production and minimising pores. It's effects are similar to the Klair's Vitamin Drop Serum but is also geared towards reducing oil. If I had to say- it is a combination between the Klairs Vitamin Drop and the Zymogen Cordata Ferment Serum. I originally bought the Niacinamide because it is one of the most popular products and I figured it would do wonders for my acne scarring given the brightening/whitening properties of the niacinamide. I was wrong. BUT I still recommend this product, albeit for different reasons than I bought it for. This serum does do an excellent job at helping to keep oil production at a low and has been really nice and lightweight to use in the summer time. Thankfully, it doesn't have the same absorption and tackiness issues as the Ascorbyl Glucoside so you can definitely use this in the morning with no regrets.

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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

A pretty intense peel. It has very high percentages of acids but because of this, it centers on unclogging pores and clearing congestion. Due to the nature of the acids, it is particularly effective towards deep seated and hormonal acne. It is advised that you do not use this product more than twice a week, and I have actually found that using it once every week/ two weeks is enough for me. It does a really wonderful job at clearing congestion around my jowl area- which is where I mainly deal with clogged pores. WARNING: it does sting. It stings a whole lot. In the first minute or two of putting it on your face, it feels as though hundreds of mini needles are stabbing into your skin. However, this doesn't last very long and is usually gone by the three minute mark. Fun fact: it is bright red so it will scare anybody that looks at you for the 10 minutes that you have this on your face. I would suggest that if this is your first time using it, to only leave it on your skin for a couple of minutes at a time- slowly building up to that 10 minute mark. Just to be on the safe side.

  • It is ABSOLUTELY *no excuses* necessary to wear sunscreen each and every time that you use this product. Use it at night, so that you skin is not at risk of immediate sensitivity and be sure to apply a high percentage sunscreen the following morning. Because of the powerful acids that make this serum so effective, it also means that your skin will be at a very high risk of burning in the sun which will result in darkening your acne scarring and potentially gifting you a few sun spots along the way. 
  • P.S: I haven't used the Glossier Solution myself, but after checking the ingredient list I am 90% these products do more or less the same job. They use VERY similar ingredients, notably the same acids but you pay a lot more for one of them than you do the other.

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