An Introduction To The Ordinary

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you will know that skincare brand The Ordinary as been taking the beauty world by storm.

I first heard of The Ordinary from Wayne Goss in this video, and I was instantly intrigued. Until now my regime consisted of a splash of face wash, exfoliator every now and then and moisturiser. However, now I am the grand old age of 25, I feel like I should be stepping up my routine and The Ordinary provided the perfect products to allow me to do so without breaking the bank.

We all know how important looking after our skin is, especially as we get older. But high quality skincare, as Wayne says in his video, often comes with a hefty price tag. Now don’t get me wrong I want to slow the signs of ageing as much as the next person, but I cannot justify spending £30+ on various products that for all I know make false claims and may do zilch to the appearance of my skin.

This is where The Ordinary comes in, cheap as chips skincare with all the fancy ingredients you would expect to find in super high end products, with no added frills or gimmicks.

All products by The Ordinary are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, oxybenzone, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde and mercury.

All formulas by The Ordinary are also vegan and cruelty free – yey!

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To be honest, at first glance of their website I was a tad overwhelmed. The amount of different products they stock, what should and shouldn’t be used in conjunction with each other, what order products should be applied in… it was all a bit much for a skincare newbie like myself. However, after discovering they provide a handy regimen guide I ordered the following products for general signs of age –

  • Advanced Retinoid 2% 30ml – £8.00 – apply PM (must use SPF the next day)
  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil 30ml – £9.00 – apply PM
  • Buffet 30ml – £12.70 – apply AM (the most expensive product they offer…. £12.70!)
  • Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml – £5.90 – apply AM

What I loved about browsing on their website is the descriptions they give for each product. Everything is described honestly and in easy to understand detail so you can make an informed decision as to whether the product is right for you. I also love how for each product it highlights if it contains nuts, gluten, silicone etc. No need to go rummaging through any small print to find out the things you really need to know.

I ordered through Victoria Health who offer free first class delivery via Royal Mail on orders £25+.

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The packaging is simple and clean but not cheap feeling by any means. The bottles are made of glass (it states on the box of the Rose Hip Oil that the glass is UV protective), not plastic which actually makes the product feel a lot more expensive than it is. I know in the past I have spend around £10 on moisturiser that came in a plastic tub, instantly making it feel worth a lot less than I paid.

Each box contains all the information you need such as full list of ingredients, directions, best time to apply and what effect it should have on your skin. This information is also printed on the label on the bottle (apart from the ingredients). It also states on all the products I ordered that they are fragrance free. I am actually keeping the bottles in their boxes for now as I have scribbled the order I should apply them on the bottoms, I would never remember otherwise!

I will post a full review of the products I purchased in a few weeks after I have given them a fair chance, and I will let you know if I notice any visible results.

Have you tried any products by this brand? If so, which ones? And did they work for you?

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