Face serums’ popularity has skyrocketed in recent months. They have been praised as miracles from both – famous beauty bloggers and beauty journalists. But something which most of them come with, is a heavy price tag.
The first time I heard about the Ordinary was by the YouTuber – Fleur De Force, who mentioned the brand in one of her videos. And to my pleasant surprise, I have already used products from the brand. The Ordinary is a range sold by the Abnormal Beauty company – a Canadian based brand.
One of the reasons why they became so popular is the fact that the products go as low as 5 British Pounds for a standard 30-milliliter glass bottle.
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
This is a formula suitable for people who’s skin is oily with imperfections including hyper-pigmentation. It claims to minimize the appearance of pores and target breakouts as well as decongests confused complexions by regulating sebum production. And I must say that with regular use I really started to like this product. At first I found it a bit sticky, so I use it as the very last step of my skincare routine.
Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Among these benefits is the ability to improve uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface. Where as Zink aids in healing the skin and prevents acne by regulating the activity of the oil glands.
Also for anyone with dry skin, this might dry it out a bit more, so you will need a good moisturizer. I love this product and would definitely be repurchasing it.
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
This is what I was mostly excited about. Alpha arbutin is a skin lightening ingredient, which is safe to use and it also reduces melanin production. It is a gel-like serum, which claims to target the look of hyper-pigmentation and dark spots on the skin. And as I have used it over a month, I can now start to see the difference. Some of you may wonder why would I be excited as the market is flooded with many brightening serums and creams, but for someone who’s skin is sensitive and prone to eczema, I find that most of any other product, brightening ones really irritate me. This however does not do that at all. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in connective tissue throughout our bodies. It has the important role to retain moisture, as one molecule alone can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. But as we age, the production of hyaluronic acid slows down. This is a gentle product which does not irritate my sensitive skin and it also helps fighting pigmentation.
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
This oil rich in linoleic (omega 6) and linolenic (omega 3) acids, alongside pro-vitamin A. The oil targets the skin from premature ageing (aka photo-aging) – caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation. But something else I found is that, surprisingly this product is good for people who suffer from breakouts. It is antibacterial and anti inflammatory. Rose Hip Oil is high in linoleic acid. If you suffer from breakouts, chances are that your skin is low in this acid. So applying the Rose Hip oil, it balances your PH balance and a good balance means happy skin!
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
And last but definitely not least, we have a moisturizing serum. As we have already mentioned the benefits of hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 helps boosts the efficiency of it and moisturize and repair the top layer of the skin. I don’t really use this regularly, but in the winter, especially when the weather is harsh, it really helps. I try to stay away from greasy products as they can clog my pores, and this serums makes my skin soft but not greasy. I especially recommend it after you have done a strong mask such as a charcoal one.