The Ordinary Skincare First Impressions

I told myself that once I was back home I would start taking better care of myself– I wanted to be more aware of what I was eating, find a workout routine that I enjoy and that would keep me active, and I desperately needed to actually start taking care of my skin. Overall I have decent skin, I rarely get breakouts, but I do have some hyper pigmentation that I'm not too happy with, my skin is fairly dry, especially around my nose and between my eyebrows, and I've always had issues with my skin feeling rough probably due to my skin not shedding properly (cute, I know). 

I've heard a lot about The Ordinary via various blogs in the last few months praising them for making skincare products that are backed by science, actually work, and best of all are affordable. I was able to stop by one of their shops in London and pick up a few items to try for myself. I've only been using them for about a week and a half but my skin is already showing signs of improvement and my only regret is not ordering these products sooner. 

I went ahead and picked up the Glycolic Acid Toning Solution to help exfoliate, brighten, and even out my skin, the Azelaic Acid Suspension for its brightening properties, and the Natural Moisturizing Factors to combat my dry spots. 

The Glycolic Acid Toner is by far my favorite product. I've already noticed a huge improvement in how my skin feels! Before I would get a lot of build up around my nose or in crevices like right behind my ears. After one use any and all signs of build up were gone and my skin is baby smooooooth. I use this every night and it does have a bit of a warming sensation that starts to lessen the more you use it. This product will make your skin more sensitive to the sun to be sure to use sunscreen in the morning! I definitely prefer chemical exfoliants over physical ones and at just under $9 you bet that I'll be buying another bottle when this is finished. 

Next up is the Azelaic Acid Suspension. I started using these products all at once so I can't speak for how it stands on its own, but I do think that this is part of the reason why I've seen great results in my skin evening out in just a little over a week. I use this every night and I'll occasionally use it in the morning under my moisturizer if I feel like it. This also has a warming sensation that fades as your skin adapts. My main qualm with this though is the texture. It's described as a "cream-gel" but feels very silicon-y and had a matte effect on the skin. When applying I feel like it sticks to where its first applied and you need to put in some work and move fast to blend it in properly. Because of this, I feel like I'm using more product than I need in an attempt to cover my face and neck. I do think it helps to brighten and even out the skin, but this product may be more favorable to people with oily skin because of it's mattifying effect. 

Last up is the Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA which is my least favorite product out of the bunch. Just like the Azelaic Acid, this has a silicon-y feel mattifying look which is not ideal if you have dry skin and are looking to use this product as a moisturizer. This doesn't make my skin look or feel more hydrated and I will not be repurchasing this. At the moment I use this before I apply my actual moisturizer, but there's no way I can use this on its own.

Overall I think The Ordinary is a great place to go to if you're looking to start taking better care of your skin on a budget. I love the simple packaging and the fact that they really do have something for every issue. Definitely do your research before hand because there are some products that cannot be mixed or that need to be applied is a certain order to be safe and effective. This youtube video and corresponding information sheet are very helpful if you want to learn more about the rest of their product line. 

Are there any products from The Ordinary that catch your eye? Let me know what some of your favorite skincare brands are!