I’m forever raving about products from The Ordinary and recently, after I re-ordered yet again, I was telling a friend why I liked them so much. She confessed she felt confused about what to use and when. I too was over-whelmed when I first looked at the range (I buy from Victoria Health) so here’s what I use and why. Just remember to always follow the official guidelines as I’m not a dermatologist and have tailored the way I use the products to my 50-year-old skin. A bit about that. My skin is typical of my age. I haven’t gone down the Botox, filler route yet (never say never). I rarely get spots, but I have open pores on my nose and fine wrinkles around my eyes and mouth. The lines on my forehead are pronounced.
1. Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane, £11.90
THEY SAY: A high strength, none to low irritation serum proven to soften fines lines, pigment problems and revitalise skin. It contains a 5% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex called Granactive Retinoid that has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of ageing than retinol without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol.
I SAY: I’m on my fourth bottle. I use this at night on cleansed skin and avoid taking it very close to my eyes. I pat it on and then apply eye cream and night cream over the top. If I stop using it, even for one night, my skin seems to lose a little radiance. My pigmentation marks and fine lines have softened. If your skin is sensitive, it might be an idea to start with the 2% version of this. Retinoids make your skin more sensitive to UV radiation so sunscreen in a must.
2. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.90
THEY SAY: A skin treatment hydrating serum with ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid for intense hydration. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a hydration support formula with ultra-pure, vegan Hyaluronic Acid.
I SAY: I apply this on cleansed skin in the morning, before my eye cream and moisturiser (which has a high SPF, vital because of using the Retinoid above). It makes my skin feel smooth and comfortable. It’s like a moisture bomb without any shine.
THEY SAY: Uses advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer. The formula can also be used alone as a non-greasy hydrator that reduces the looks of pores and of imperfections.
I SAY: This is a joy to use underneath foundation, or if I’m going barefaced. It blurs my fine lines and wrinkles and my foundation lasts all day. If I rush and skip it, I need to touch up my make-up in the midafternoon.
4. AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, £6.30
THEY SAY: A 10 minute exfoliating facial masque containing AHA, alpha hydroxyl acids, and BHA, beta hydroxyl acids, to resurface dull, tired looking skin revealing a more youthful complexion. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture and reduces the look of fine lines with continued use.
I SAY: This is serious stuff. It goes on blood red and scares the teens and the dog most satisfyingly. I leave it on for 10 minutes, then remove with a flannel and warm water. Don’t exceed the recommended timings. I have done so accidentally and my cheeks were red and sensitive afterwards. I use this twice a week at night after cleansing and before moisturising. On the nights I use it, I don’t use the Granactive Retinoid as it feels too much. I’ll sometimes use an overnight moisture mask afterwards like Origins’ Drink Up Intensive, £25.
And the one that just didn’t do it for me…
THEY SAY: A multi-peptide skin treatment serum with a multitude of benefits. Buffet combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of ageing at once.
I SAY: It felt nice going on, however I just didn’t feel or see much a benefit. I finished the bottle, but haven’t been tempted to re-order. I have friends who love Buffet and say it makes an amazing difference to their skin. It just didn’t suit mine. You can’t win ’em all!
To work out which The Ordinary products might be your new beauty besties, read The Ordinary – A Regime for Every Skin Type on victoriahealth.com and please do let me know if you decided to give any a try or already use The Ordinary. I’d love to know which products you rate as wonderful…and which you don’t! x