The Ordinary Review

This post is all about one of my all time favourite skin care brand The ordinary. I love that it is what it states it is and that it has percentages !

What’s great about percentages is that you need to know if the product is within the therapeutic range otherwise it is probably useless.Some of the products I love and that are especially good for south Asian skin/ people of colour will be discussed below. Bearing in mind not all skincare products are aimed at people of colour. 

Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1%

Also known as niacin and vitamin b3. This is my absolute holy grail product! It helps with anything your skin may be suffering with – oily skin, large pores, pigmentation This is a great ingredient to be in your skincare routine. 


Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5

This is a very powerful humectant, it will attract water therefore it is vital to moisturise after applying this product. i personally have made the mistake of not knowing how to apply this properly and ended up drying my skin further. I know now that layering this product the correct way is essential, after applying hyaluronic acid you need to moisturise further, the ones i love are cetraben and cerave to go on top.


Retinol 0.2% in squalane

For anti ageing Vitamin A is a must in to have in you skincare routine. Retinol 0.2% in squalane is a very good product from the range. With Retinol it is essential you get it under 1% for skin of colour as it can potentially be irritating if it is any higher. The main reasons to add vitamin A in you routine is that it will stimulate collagen production and decrease wrinkles and fine lines. Always wear this at night as it is an active ingredient and always wear sunscreen during the day – spf 50.


Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%

Vitamin C is brilliant to have within your night time skincare routine, this one from the ordinary is a great antioxidant.


Salicylic Acid 2% solution

This is great as it will reduce acne, exfoliate the skin without being too harsh, minimise the appearance of pores which can lead to brightening of the skin. It will not irritate or burn the skin which some acids potentially do for skin of colour. 

100% Rose Hip Seed Oil

This oil is great for calming redness, helping fade scars and burns. It helps to rejuvenate the skin by regenerating damaged tissues. It is rich in antioxidants and has anti inflammatory properties resulting in brightening the skin.


3% Resveratol and 3% Ferulic Acid 

This product promotes healthy skin cells, fights free radicals, protects collagen and prevents sun damage. It does have the potential to become irritating if this occurs you can just dilute with 100% squalane from the range. 


100% Squalane

This is a great moisturiser for the skin and is very hydrating. It is not oily and is great for acne prone skin


Caffeine Solution and EGCG

This is a great antioxidant and will help with puffy eyes and dark circles see my puffy eyes post for more details and the correct way to use it.

Now lets move onto products to be avoided from this range especially for skin or colour.


AHA 30% and BHA 2% 

The percentages are too high and glycolic Acid has the potential to burn the skin. For me personally being South Asian i will potentially hyper pigment very quickly.


10% lactic acid and HA

This product also has the potential to irritate the skin.


30% Vitamin C in Sillicone

This can aggravate acne and irritate the skin. 


7% glycolic acid toning solution 

It has a low PH and can potentially burn the skin, i would avoid.


Tips 

  • Avoid AHAs
  • Do not follow trends 
  • Check percentages

This was a lengthy post, i hope you have learnt something from it, i surely did therefore i am very picky with what i apply to my skin now.

*Post contains affiliate links


With Love A.

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