More favorites from The Ordinary! Check out part 1 if you missed it here.
I’m a big fan of using facial oils as a moisturizer for my skin. As someone who has extremely oily skin, I was once horrified by the prospect of even putting on moisturizer, much less an oil on my face. But, as I learned more about the benefits of using oil, I slowly gave in and now I’m a huge fan. Using the right kinds of oils on your skin can actually help balance out your natural oils. People that have oily skin have a tendency to overdo it by trying to mattify their skin, whether it be by using harsh cleansers, astringents, primers, etc. However, by stripping your skin of its natural oils, your skin then overcompensates by producing more oil. So, adding back moisture into your skin after cleansing/toning is very important to reduce the amount of oil your skin produces. You are essentially putting healthy oils onto your skin so that your skin won’t feel the need to produce extra oil, which can include the worst thing of all…sebum.
Rosehip seed oil is high in linoleic acid, vitamin E, vitamin C, and vitamin A. It has great anti-aging benefits because of all the antioxidants in it which stimulate collagen production. And, rosehip seed oil also helps battle discoloration, redness, and irritation. The rosehip seed oil by The Ordinary is the first one I have ever tried and I am already on my second bottle. This is probably the best value you will find for this particular type of oil and it’s cold-pressed and 100% organic…doesn’t get much better than that.
It seems like the idea behind The Ordinary was to create a line of products that have the exact ingredients that you are looking for, without any of the frills. Many high end products, like Sunday Riley’s Good Genes (mentioned in part 1) are able to justify their high price point by having lots of other beneficial ingredients in them, in addition to their main active ingredient. While it’s nice to include things like lemongrass oil and blue agave extract, you are buying the product mainly for the lactic acid. The Ordinary is able to cut down their price points by having the active ingredient stand out with the addition of just a few soothing and preservative ingredients.
“Buffet” is their take on a serum that tackles multiple issues, or “does it all.” The claims are that it reduces fine lines and wrinkles, tackles hyperpigmentation, brightens, and helps to firm skin. This little cocktail includes multiple peptide complexes, amino acids, and hyaluronic acid. “Buffet” can be used during the day or night and is great for layering with other products. I actually like to mix a few drops of this directly into my moisturizer sometimes if I’m a rush and I find that works just fine. This is one of those products where I know it’s good for my skin and overall prevention. You probably won’t see any immediate results with this if you have younger skin, but it is always good to add a serum to your routine that will help in the long run.
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
This is one of those products that I wish I had known about a long time ago. I had no idea my skin responded well to niacinamide until I used this product regularly. Turns out all my favorite moisturizers and cleansers include niacinamide in them, so that probably played a part into why those products worked so well for me.
The combination of niacinamide (vitamin B3) and zinc can help reduce congestion and balance sebum activity. Overtime it can help reduce blemishes and leftover hyperpigmentation. I find that every time I use this during the daytime, my face is significantly less oily at the end of the day. I love wearing it under makeup because it works like a primer for me.
The texture of this is of a thick serum and you will find that when you rub it into your face, it may almost foam up or leave white streaks. Don’t fret, just pat the product gently into your skin and it will go away. It may leave you with a slightly sticky feeling but you are meant to put moisturizer/sunscreen over this, so that will take care of any stickiness. You can use this during the day or night, but I prefer to use this during the daytime as I use other products with niacinamide in them and this acts a “booster” for them.
If you had to only choose a couple items from The Ordinary, I would say that this should be one of them.
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
I love glycolic acid. I always try to incorporate this specific acid into my skincare routine because it works the fastest for my skin. Like I mentioned in part 1, glycolic acid has a smaller molecular size than lactic acid, so it sinks into the skin faster. This may cause people to experience irritation as it’s more powerful, but using it sparingly can remedy that. I picked up this toner after I finished the Pixi Glow Tonic (another great product for AHA beginners) and was looking for something with a higher percentage. I was blown away when I found out that this costs $8.70 for 8oz of product…that’s crazy. I use this stuff pretty often and I still haven’t made a dent in it. Needless to say, that kind of value is unbeatable.
I usually apply this in the mornings to slough off any dead skin cells that may later clog my pores. It helps my skin stay really soft and helps tremendously with getting rid of hyperpigmentation by speeding up skin cell turnover. Squeeze some onto a cotton pad and sweep this over your face and neck after cleansing. Again, this may sting if you are not accustomed to using AHAs so beware of that. Also, do not use this after waxing/threading any facial hair…it will sting so badly (speaking from personal experience.) If you find this to be too irritating for daily use, work your way up by using it every other day or every two days until your skin starts to get accustomed to it.