skincare diaries: the ordinary review

The Ordinary is a skincare brand that prides itself in creating “clinical formulations with integrity.” A few things drew me into this brand as their online media presence continues to grow over the past year: 1) the price point is incredibly fair and affordable, with most products ranging from $5-$10, 2) their products are formulated with only good ingredients, free of “parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone,” and 3) the brand’s objective of providing customers with great skincare through advanced technology is something I can fully support.

As a skincare newbie I was a little intimidated by the appearance of the company’s website and their product packaging, since I am used to having companies plastered loudly on their packaging why I need a product and why I needed it now. The Ordinary’s packaging read as if these products came straight out of a pharmacy and this forced me to do my own individual research to see which products would best suit my skin; this process brought me so much newfound appreciation for brands that rely on science for their sales pitch. I ended up purchasing 3 items that I thought would suit my skin best, here are my skincare concerns: I am oily and acne-prone with pigmentation from past acne scars, I have a few big spots that pop up once a month while the rest of my acne is smaller bumps that appear on the lower third of my face

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% | Description: “Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.” | Price: $5.90
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution | Description: “Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use.” | Price: $4.90

I purchased both of these product to combat my oily and acne-prone skin. I use the niacinamide in my AM routine post cleansing, this serum has a gel-like texture that feels cool to the touch and immediately sinks into my skin within seconds of application. This truly does keep my skin matte and regulate the amount of sebum produced through out the day, I cannot say for certain that this minimizes pores but overall I’m very happy with the results from this product. I use the salicylic acid solution as a spot treatment and so far it’s been fairly effective, this also has a gel-like texture that disappear into my skin.

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution | Description: “Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use.” | Price: $8.70

I purchased this toning solution because I ran out of my cult-favorite Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic, and to be completely honest I prefer this over the Glow Tonic. This has 7% of glycolic acid while Glow Tonic only contains 5%, and overall I think this does a better job at drawing out any impurities left on my skin after cleansing. I only use this toning solution at night immediately after facewash, I also really like that I can feel this linger on my skin after it is applied. I believe continual usage of AHA toners have improved the texture and tone of my skin,  the one downside to this is the scent, while this is fragrance-free there is definitely an unpleasant smell, however this disappears within seconds.