The Ordinary - What's the Deal?


The Ordinary have been causing quite a stir in the beauty industry recently. Offering ridiculously cheap products with a scientific explanation to the ingredients. The Ordinary is a brand that comes under the Deciem umbrella, the makers of NIOD and Hylamide. But The Ordinary is a no fuss brand that brings the best skin ingredients and formulations in a way that's affordable. The prices start form as little £3.90 and the most expensive product is £15. This begs the question why are these ingrediants so expensive from other brands? I've had little luck with super cheap products in the past so do they really work? The first thing to note in terms of price is the packaging is every basic, no bells or whistles, no rose gold, no fancy pumps - just basic tubes and a pipette bottle.

From researching their website I also noticed that none of the products come with bold claims. They don't promise baby soft smooth skin over night or to be 'miracles', they simply state what the ingredients are effective for. Which I actually really appreciate. There's nothing worse than buying a product that doesn't live up to what it promises. It's also worth noting that none of The Ordinary products contain Parbens, sulphate or minerals, or any other nasty ingredients. Nor have they been tested on animals.

I've been testing quite a few of their products. My skin is dehydrated, prone to breakouts and ageing is an issues I want to tackle. Most of the products I have been testing are focused around that. So let's get into it...

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% | £5.90

Starting off with this Lactic acid. I was so excited to try this. Lactic acid is a liquid exfoliator that sheds and lifts away dead skin cells to reveal, newer, brighter smoother, more radiant looking skin. It comes in a simple bottle with a pipette applicator. The packaging is practical and functional for the product. The first thing I noticed was the smell, this stuff stinks of rotten milk. It actually makes me want to gag! I guess fragrance is another way the brand has saved money. But I persevered with this anyway. But it gave me the worst breakouts I've ever had. I had loads of big red angry spots. I continued to use this every other day but my breakouts were just getting worse so I discontinued using it. This actually put me off acids in general and I thought maybe Lactic acid wasn't for me. But I tried one from Bravura which I love and leaves my skin looking so nice. So unfortunatly this product isn't for me!

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 | £5.90

This is a serum that contains Hyaluronic acid, which is great for hydration. And with having dehydrated skin these types of products are right up my street. I used it AM and PM. Like the Lactic acid this comes in the same style of bottle. The serum does feel kind of tacky when rubbed into the skin but this doesn't affect makeup application. This does leave my skin feeling soft and plump but I'm not convinced it actually helps my hydration levels on a long term basis. But as £5 serums go. This is a good one.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA | £4.90

I picked this up on a bit a whim. I didn't have high hopes, there's not a lot I've found that lives up to my trusty La Roche Posay Moisturiser. This moisturiser is designed to be used as the last step in a skincare routine. It contains lots of amino acids, hyaluronic acid and many other skin loving ingredients. I love this stuff! It really hydrates my skin, leaving it soft and smooth. The texture of the cream feels quite bitty but it melts in the skin for an instant shot of hydration. It's not thick or greasy either. I use this in morning and in the evening - it works brilliantly at both times and doesn't interfere with makeup. This has become a staple in my skincare routine! If you have dehydrated skin like me, I highly recommend this!

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil | £9

This is a completely natural, organic Rose Hip oil. Which is great for preventing photo ageing and fading scars. I love the Pai Rosehip oil but that will set me back £22 and this one is only £9. It's quite a light oil in terms of texture and it's easy to massage into the skin. My skin drinks this stuff up! I'm not sure if it helped fade any marks yet but it leaves my skin soft and hydrated. I like to use it in the evening after serums but before moisturiser.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres | £4.90

Vitamin C is a great ingredient to fight the signs of ageing and make the skin look better overall. This sounds right up my street. It's a cream formula so it's super easy to apply and melts into the skin quickly. This does tingle my skin slightly when I apply it   (not in a bad way) but the directions assure me this is fine. This has been a welcomed addition to my skincare routine but I haven't noticed dramatic results yet. My skin does look slightly brighter though, so I will continue to use it.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% | £5.50

Azelaic Acid is basically found in yeast that naturally lives on the skin. Research has shown that it naturally brightens the skin, reduces the look of blemishes and helps even texture. This is a cream formula rather than an oil or serum, like their other acids. But I like this, it feels lighter on the skin. The formulation is quite high - 10% so I was hoping to see pretty immediate results! While I haven't noticed a dramatic difference in the texture issues, this does leave my skin feeling so soft and smooth! I like to use it at night and in the morning I just can't stop stroking my face.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glycoside Solution 12% | £8.90

This serum is a Vitamin C infused formula that is supposed to help brighten the skin. The serum has a light texture that is absorbed into the skin quickly. This also smells really sweet, which I don't mind. This is a relatively new addition to my routine. I've been using it for a few weeks and I'm yet to see results, I haven't had an adverse reaction either. But I will continue using and report back.


The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA | £7

Alpha Arbutin is an ingredient that reduces the look of spots and pigmentation issues. This also contains Hyaluronic Acid. I don't overly have pigmentation problems but I have a few red marks left over from blemishes that have been there for years. This is a light weight serum that feels nice on skin. It can be used in the morning and evening. I find this far more hydrating in the long term than the Hyaluronic Acid. I like this but I'm not sure if I like it as much as some other serums I have but I will continue using it.

Overall, I've found the products I've tried to be a bit hit and miss. I think for the price point some of the products are brilliant. But some are not worth the money or lack results. It's also worth noting that The Ordinary highlight that products have to applied in a certain order for maximum results. Which I did. But I found the names of the products difficult to remember so I had to check on the website for the correct order. I do like that they have done this but it just seems a bit faffy. Especially when you have a whole routine full of their products. You can read their application guide here.

I also wanted to address the names. I found them confusing. Although, I do see what the brand is trying to do - bring effective ingredients at a low cost, without confusing people with elaborate promises. Which I think is brilliant, not everyone can spend £40+ on a serum alone. I do think the products are definitely worth checking out. And I have few more products on my wish list.

The Ordinary is available here. They are also available from BeautyBay but I have noticed the products are slightly more expensive.

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? What are you thoughts?

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