I’m going to confess that I don’t have a skincare regime-eek!
Before anyone judges me, my alarm goes off at 5am every morning for work+the fact that I love sleep/not being tired=I go to bed before 9pm most nights. I often find myself getting anxious about not going to bed early enough/being tired the next day, therefore I’m always very abrupt that when I want/need to go to bed, that’s it, I jump in, in as little time possible.
I seem to have panics about looking after my skin every so often and it happens in this order: I buy products, use them, forget about skincare, I buy new/different products, use them, forget about skincare and so on…
Being on the concourse to age 27 (definitely approaching 30, rather than being the wrong side of 25 now), I decided that I was going to enforce a skincare routine upon myself. Ironically, I moisturise my whole bod every other day, so surely I can do this, right?
So being an insta-holic, I came across The Ordinary skincare by Deciem (I’m sure you’ve seen it on your feed-if you haven’t, this post will change that for you). What is this? Modern, minimalist packaging with sweet, monochrome, clinical bottles inside….um, just exactly what I will allow on display in my bathroom. So instragrammable.
Obviously, that is definitely the wrong reason to buy skincare products. However, there are two other reasons why I wanted to try it. Firstly, the brand seems evidence based and secondly, the price.
I decided to start with two products that I thought would benefit me the most before investing fully:
For my eyes: Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
For my face: Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
For those of us that aren’t going to pretend we know what Salicylic Acid is (including me), the beginners guide to The Ordinary is to visit their website here, where all the products have a description in non-scientific language and directions on how to use.
I found the Caffeine Solution really effective for eliminating puffiness very quickly. It has begun to my decrease dark circles, but not drastically. With continued use, this product is really hydrating my skin. I apply it AM and PM daily.
I started applying a small amount of the Salicylic Acid all over my face just PM daily. After a few days, I found it was drying my skin out slightly, so I reduced this to PM every other day, which is the perfect balance for my skin. After using this for a couple of weeks, my skin is more clear, fresh and smooth and I’m super happy with it.
Overall, these are easy to use, affordable and no fuss products that give the results advertised. I think it’s trial and error in finding what works for your individual skin type but its so worth investing your time in The Ordinary!
I’m definitely going to buy more of The Ordinary, cue wishlist:
Has anybody else tried The Ordinary and recommend any of their other products?