I’m not normally one for budget skincare. I used to believe that if there is one thing worth spending a little extra on, its always going to be skincare, and don’t get me wrong, there are always going to be more luxurious editions to my beauty cabinet, but at the beginning of the month I watched Sophie Kirby’s YouTube video on ‘How to use The Ordinary Products.’ If you haven’t seen it already – I would 100% recommend you to go and watch it if you are interested in what The Ordinary is, as it’s so educational and its what made me decide to give the brand a go.
I’d heard of The Ordinary and wanted to try the products for a while, but quite honestly didn’t have a clue where to start. I’m no skincare expert, but I am in the beauty industry by trade, however The Ordinary is different. Its not your regular cleanse, tone, moisturise routine.. It introduces you to Granactive Retinoid, Salicylic Acids, and molecules such as Niacinamide.
I’m normally quite lucky with my skin, I’ve never really suffered with spots or acne, however at the end of September, my skin wasn’t the best it could be and had decided to break out. Then I was probably stressing more about the fact I was getting spots and it seemed to be getting worse. Usually I would just make sure I was super hydrated and drink loads of water, along with going make up free a couple of days a week, and this would clear up my skin.. But not this time, nothing was working and I needed to look at what I was using on my skin – so Sophie’s video couldn’t have come at a better time.
The great thing about The Ordinary is how cheap the products are, gone are the days of having to spend £20+ per product, what The Ordinary does is allows us to buy the treatments that work but in a purer form. I purchased 7 products and my total order came to £38.32.
The only thing is, they don’t offer products such as your usual cleansers and toners, so I also made a couple of purchases on Mario Badescu and bought a cleanser, toner and moisturizer with SPF in.
So my new skincare routine is as follows.
Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser | Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner | The Ordinary Salicylic Acid | The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% (for eyes) | Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturiser SPF 30 | The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer
Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser | Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner | The Ordinary Salicylic Acid | The Ordinary Niacimide | The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% (for eyes) | The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
Then once per week, I have been using The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution as a face mask for 10 minutes.
I can honestly say I’ve never seen such a transformation in my skin and its never looked so glowy and fresh. I can’t pinpoint a product and say ‘this is what has transformed my skin’ as I have switched up my whole routine. Before this I used to use an oil based make up remover, cleansing balm and a rich moisturizer, so I do feel the change in products have massively contributed to how my skin is looking, and I now feel excited to do my skincare routine each morning and night.
One thing to note if you are looking to start using a retinoid or retinol in your skincare, is that it must be applied at night. You don’t need to apply moisturiser over the top, use this as the last step in your skin care routine, but you must apply an SPF the following day, or a moisturiser with an SPF in, as it can make your skin sensitive to the sun. Retinols and Retinoid take 3-6 months to see results, so I don’t believe any of the changes in my skin have been down to using this product so far, but I’m glad I’ve started to incorporate it into my skincare routine, and can’t wait to see what changes I notice over the next few months.
My skin has completely turned around within 21 days, so if you are suffering with any skin concerns or breakouts currently, from experience I would definitely recommend looking at The Ordinary and Mario Badescu. Obviously everybody’s skin is different, and what works for one person, might not work for someone else, but I’ve even noticed little changes such as my make up is sitting on my skin better, its lasting longer and my skin looks more radiant.
I was always worried about not using a facial scrub as part of my routine, but the chemical exfoliators have proven to work and will be sure to be something I will continue to use.
Let me know if you have used any of The Ordinary or Mario Badescu products before, and which have been your favourites?