Mixing with The Ordinary.

The Ordinary. A skin care range that is geeky with clinical formula yet, are not for the faint of heart. The skin care line from the Abnormal Beauty company named Deciem, focus on consumers who are knowledgeable on active ingredients and their functionality. Hence, their price range are affordable yet effective without heavily marketed.

DIY Skincare line

The whole point of this line is to build your own skincare routine by customising. The Ordinary range are more targeting on common trouble areas (acne, pigmentation, wrinkles and etc.) by layering oils, serums and solutions rather than combining into one product that are mass-produced in the market. I get it that some people are quite skeptical with this routine. Layering skin care products may not be everyone’s preference and cherry picking those key ingredients for that specific trouble area might be a hassle for some.

Then again, you don’t necessarily need to buy all of the products. Due to the concentrated key ingredients, you can upgrade your skin care routine to adapt to what you currently be using. Example applying Rosehip Seed Oil after you moisturised before bedtime and wake up with a hydrated skin.

Perfect dupes?

I found that the range are a great dupes from some of the common skincare products in the market. But also take note that even though these products are an alternative, do research more in case your skin may not be suitable to the affordable line.

AHA BHA 32% Peeling Solution –> Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial
Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% –> Alpha-H Liquid Gold
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution –> Pixi Glow Tonic
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil –> Trilogy Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil
100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil –> Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

Educate on ingredients

Those fancy scientific names are overwhelming at first, but educate yourself prior purchasing are somewhat useful in the long run. Oh come on, you’ll love to play as a chemist with those bottles and the pipette. Being well-conscious with the ingredients will make you reconsider those luxury products in your vanity cabinet.

If you are contemplating with these canadian-origin skincare line, Beautylish have a quick guide list of The Ordinary products and their bestsellers.

What have I cherry picked for myself?

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The Ordinary. “Buffet”
This anti-aging serum aims to restore a youthful, radiant complexion all packed into one. It contains a combination of hydrating and brightening ingredients. The Buffet is the bestseller yet the most expensive product among the rest of the range.

The Ordinary. Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
Another water-based serum, aims to fade hyperpigmentation (such as dark spots, acne scars, age spots, and melasma) while promotes a clear and even skin tone. On standard products, it is commonly sold as 1% concentration of Arbutin, but The Ordinary contains 2% more.

The Ordinary. Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
If you have an oily eyelids (like me) eye creams or gel would produce milia seeds underneath the eye, try this solution instead. Dark circles and puffiness can be reduced due the high concentration of caffeine.

How do I mix them?

  1. Cleanse and Tone
  2. Massage a couple drops of the “Buffet”.
  3. Wait till the serum absorbs, approximately 1-2 minutes
  4. Massage a couple drops of Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
  5. Once absorbed, apply 1 drop of Caffeine Solution to the contour of the eyes
  6. Apply moisturiser and sunscreen where necessary

Final thoughts

The 3 products that I handpicked somewhat works for me. I can see my post-pregnancy flaws have improved within a month using both Buffet and Arbutin serum. As for my undereye shadows, I would partially blame to my mummy lifestyle and genetics. It does not really works in improving dark circles. But the puffiness issue have reduced.

I am a bit on the fence for the eye serum while I would probably repurchase the Buffet and Arbutin serums. Next on my wish list, I look forward to try on the Marula Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum. But I also have to take to an account that mix some of the products may have adverse side effects like combining retinol with any kind of acids (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, lactic acid or glycolic acid) would make the skin more irritated.

Product mentioned

The Ordinary – Buffet | 30ml
The Ordinary – Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA | 30ml
The Ordinary – Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG | 30ml
Available: ASOS, Beauty Bay, Beautylish, Cult Beauty, Victoria Health and The Ordinary

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am not affiliated to The Ordinary or any the products mentioned above. Prices may vary in different currencies.

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