08/02/2019

The Ordinary Skincare: Two Products That Changed My Skin


I FINALLY tried them out. Better late than never, right?

For the last few months before January, my skincare routine had been almost inexistant. I only used a micellar water, a toner and face cream. (I can already hear the skincare aficionados screaming in terror...) I was thinking that using as few products as possible could only benefit my skin, but to my frustration, it wasn't looking its best. So I finally kicked myself and order two The Ordinary products from Asos: the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and the Vitamin C Suspension with Hyaluronic Acid (what a mouthful!)
I bought them specifically to use them together, with the hope that the toner would clear out my skin and the Vitamin Solution would make it look plump and healthy. And that, it did! My skin has never looked so good. Let's review these little gems a bit more thoroughly, shall we?

WHAT ARE THESE PRODUCTS FOR?
I got the Glycolic Acid to exfoliate my skin every evening. Previously, I have used the Pixi Glow Tonic to the same effect - both product are really good actually. I enjoy using the Glycolic Acid, although it is not as gentle on my skin as the Glow Tonic. You may feel tingles on your skin as you apply it, but as long as the tingly effect isn't uncomfortable or doesn't hurt, do not panic.
The Vitamin C Suspension also have the same tingly effect. It is my first time using HA (Hyaluronic Acid for the uninitiated like me) and there are plenty of positive effects. I don't use it for its anti-ageing properties, although this could be a possibility for you; I use it for its hydration and skin protection and repair effects.


HOW TO USE?
I like to be safe with my skincare, and often just follow the guidance on the label (and adapt it if necessary.) With these two, no need to change my regime: I apply the Glycolic Acid every evening after cleansing. I leave it to dry, and then apply the Vitamin C Solution. You have to be very light-handed with the Solution, it is quite strong and you only need a tiny amount to cover your face - which means the product will last you months!
I follow up by apply my usual face cream. I only use the products in the evenings, and make sure to moisturise thoroughly my face after applying them. I have never used them in the morning, and I would not recommend using the Vitamin C Solution at that time: although it is very liquid and not greasy, it leaves a shiny film on your face which will most likely show through your makeup, even with powder. The toner though could easily be used in the mornings.

THE RESULTS ON MY SKIN
When I say that these two products changed my skin, I am not exaggerating. In about three to four days, I saw a massive improvement: my skin was a lot clearer, smoother, and especially more plump and homogeneous. I don't have a really bad skin to start with, but adding the hydration of the HA has definitely been a game-changer. Using the Glycolic Acid consistenly has also made a big difference. My skin looks less tired, I have fewer pimples (although I still have one or two spots once in a while). I look more refreshed when I am not wearing makeup, which was one of my big concerns about my skin previously - dull and tired skin. I have been using these The Ordinary products every single evening for more than a month now and I'm still as pleased - I hit the jackpot! Definitely try these out if you have a non-problematic skin that needs a little (but deep) boost.

Have you tried The Ordinary? What products from the brand would you recommend?
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21 comments:

  1. I have tried a ton from The Ordinary, but not these too. If you don't mind a suggestion, I think you could get away with using the Glycolic Acid alternating each evening. Daily exfoliation, no matter how gentle, is quite a lot for the skin and could make it more sensitive in the long run. Usually twice a week is enough.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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    1. Thank you for your suggestion! I'll try doing that with the Acid then. Advice like that is always welcome! xx

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  2. I've always wanted to try an acid to exfoliate because I've seen so many people rave about them but I'm too nervous to part with my trusty Angels on Bare Skin! I've heard so many positive things about Ordinary Skincare though I think I'll have to have a browse of their products to find something that suits me! <3 x

    samanthafrances.co.uk

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    1. You should definitely try an acid exfoliator. Maybe you could alternate it with Angels on Bare Skin? xx

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  3. I love the Ordinary, I really do - they have some amazing products for such small prices and I've been testing some out recently (I was a bit late on the trend too, not gonna lie) so I'll also be posting about them soon! I love a BHA acid or a Glycolic acid for exfoliation because it just feels less rough! I think I'm gonna have to pick these up, thanks for the recommendation! x
    Marina Rosie x
    https://marinawriteslife.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'll have a look at your post then, I want to try out more of their stuff in the future so your review will be helpful! xx

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  4. I bought these two products about 2 weeks ago but I am yet to try them yet, I am looking forward to using them if you have had such great results with them! Thanks :-)
    https://chelseedagger.blogspot.com/

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    1. I hope they work for you as well as they do for me! xx

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  5. I really need to try the toner, it sounds like such a great product xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

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  6. I haven't tried Ordinary products before, but they do sound great. I should spend a bit more time in my evening routine as well. Like you, I'm moisturising and pretty much that's it.

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    1. Maybe adding a couple of new products would spruce up your routine! xx

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  7. Ahhh Julia you might have convinced me! Haha my skincare routine is nonexistant, it just usually consists of cleanser to remove makeup if I am not too tired xD and then just wash my face in the shower! I have very sensitive skin that itches and burns easily so I am usually too scared to try new things and try to think of my face as any other body part so don't pay too much attention to it and end up upsetting it, but I'd love to find something to give me plump and glowy skin without the irritation, maybe they have a gentle skin product I could try :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

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    1. Ooh sensitive skins are so tricky! I am not sure what to recommend you in that case since I don't have to deal with that skin type. I hope you find the good products that will make your skin feel amazing! xx

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  8. *so don't pay too much attention to it in case of upsetting it even haha! xD

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  9. I will definitely try this brand. My skin has been dry these days.

    Marie
    The Flower Duet

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    1. This should really help your skin out, but make sure to look into good moisturisers too! xx

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  10. I do like their glycolic acid but personally prefer the Pixi! My absolute must-haves from the Ordinary are their peeling solution and niacinamide :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. The Pixi Glow Tonic is hard to beat! I'll look into the peeling solution, thanks for the recommendation Jasmine! xx

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  11. Ahh I've heard and read SO many good reviews about The Ordinary lately; I'm definitely intrigued and will be trying something soon for sure - especially if my skin happens to flare up again! Thanks for the thorough review, Julia :)

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. I do hope that if you try out the brand you find the products that work for you! xx

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