A couple of months ago I decided to jump on the bandwagon and order some products from the much hyped skincare brand The Ordinary. In case you haven’t heard, they’re making waves in the beauty industry for providing the equivalent of clinical grade skincare at affordable prices. You can expect to pay anything from £5 to £15 for products aimed to tackle common skin complaints such as fine lines, hyper pigmentation, acne, and dehydration. With such low prices no wonder they’re creating such buzz, but can skincare that’s so affordable really do the same job as high end products?
30% AHA & 10% BHA Peel £6.30 here. My first purchase was the 30% AHA and 10% BHA acid peel which comes in a glass dropper bottle for precise application and minimal wastage. The consistency is runny, similar to serum and it can be quite messy as it’s bright red. You’re supposed to apply a thin layer of this all over your face avoiding the delicate eye area and leave on for ten minutes, no more than twice a week. When it’s first applied it’s normal for it to sting due to it having a low pH of 3.6 which makes it an effective exfoliant.
Lactic Acid 10% £5.80 here. I always think of lactic acid as a milder version of glycolic acid, making it ideal for sensitive skin types. It provides a mild peeling effect for the outer layers of skin, however if you’re just starting out with chemical exfoliators there is a milder 5% version of this available. It comes in a glass dropper in a serum form and can be used every evening if your skin can tolerate it. I sweep this across my face on days where I’m not using glycolic acid and want to opt for a gentler alternative. As with all chemical peels, no matter how gentle you need to wear sunscreen the next day.
Niacinamide 10% & Zinc 1% £5 here. This is aimed towards congested skin to reduce blemishes and minimise oil production. It comes in a glass dropper bottle and has a thick gel like consistency which dries upon contact and works really well under creams and moisturisers. It doesn’t stop breakouts altogether, but I find it works really well to keep them under control when they do happen.
Alpha Arbutin 2% £7 here. A treatment for excess melanin production and hyper-pigmentation with added hyaluronic acid. During the summer months my skin is really sensitive to the sun and I suffer from hyper-pigmentation if I’m not careful. I normally wear factor 50 everyday and have products from Medik8 to tackle these issues, so I was pretty skeptical about a serum which costs only £7. My hyper-pigmentation is exactly the same as when I use more expensive products, so I can’t see any reason to spend more money than I have to. This is a clear winner for me.
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution £6.80 here. By now you’re realised I’m a massive fan of chemical exfoliators, so it comes as no surprise that I chose the glycolic toning solution to add to the list. It’s pH level is 3.6 – making it an effective mild exfoliator which is gentle enough to be used everyday, and comes in a large plastic bottle giving you 240ml worth of product. Used daily it should last up to six months, making it excellent value for money. I find the performance of this product really similar to Alpha H Liquid Gold – review here. Given that it’s a fraction of the price, I know which product I’ll be repurchasing.
While none of these products have made me wake up with poreless supermodel skin, let’s be realistic here – I do believe the hype. In my opinion they do nearly, if not the same job as more expensive products. While the packaging isn’t fancy, I’m impressed with the quality and can’t wait to try out other products from this brand. I’d love to hear your thoughts and whether the products worked for you.
I’ll be doing a demo on the 30% AHA peel (or redcurrant mask as M calls it) on Snapchat one evening next week, be sure not to miss it by adding indigoandmouse to your contacts.
Love, Sarah xx