I am a self declared skincare addict and if you’ve seen my very first YouTube video (you can check out my channel here) you’d know that I bought a lot of skincare goodies recently including some bits from The Ordinary which is a super cheap range from The Abnormal Beauty Company. I’ve been eyeing this brand’s serums for a really long time and despite seeing so many positive reviews left, right and centre, I still wasn’t 100% sure that they’re THAT good and worth the hype. At the same time, my skin is rather complicated and I was scared of switching things up with the only routine that’s worked for me in the past year. However, when I ran out of my beloved Pixi Glow Tonic I thought it was time for me to try out a new toner. After narrowing it down to like five options, I finally decided to go for The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toning Solution. And because the toner was so affordable (literally below £10) and because I am that person who would rather spend some more money on something that I can use instead of paying for shipping costs, I added two more products to my cart.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
The Ordinary Toning Solution has gathered in this minimalistic, yet very ‘instagrammable’ bottle some pretty amazing ingredients such as glycolic acid (duh), amino acids, aloe vera, ginseng and tasmanian pepperberry that target irregularities in your skin’s texture, spots, pigmentation, you name it. It is supposed to be used not more than once a day (preferably in the PM) and considering the bottle contains 240 ml of product, it will probably last me a really long time. I will probably get bored of using this and start looking for something new before I run out it.
In essence, this is a chemical exfoliator so it is highly recommended not to forget about putting sunscreen on when using this product. Although, SPF should be worn all the time kids! The toner is also everything free, and by everything I mean EVERYTHING: oil-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free AND vegan. I used so many big words in this last sentence, my head’s spinning.
Now I think that’s enough with the technicalities, so let me tell you how this funny looking liquid (it looks a bit like pee, I can’t lie to you) worked for me. So what I do is take a cotton pad, pour some toner onto it and then swipe the it all over my face and neck, avoiding my eye area, of course. Despite the high glycolic acid concentration, I haven’t experienced any burning from this and not even tingling. It doesn’t irritate my skin and it doesn’t dry it out either.
I think this toner has done an amazing job for me. It has kept my skin clear, made it look a bit more radiant and smooth. I also think that because it gently exfoliates my skin, the products that I use after such as face oil or moisturiser get absorbed into the skin nicer and quicker. So if you’re looking for a great toner that’s also good value for money, I highly recommend this one from The Ordinary.
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
As you can tell, I’m not afraid (at least not anymore) of putting acids on my face. Salicylic acid is indispensable in my skincare routine because it helps me keep everything under control and breakout less often. The solution comes in a tiny, little glass bottle with a pipette like applicator or I should better call it dispenser because you don’t actually need it to put the product on your face. You just use your fingers to rub the solution in. It has quite a thick consistency and it feels a bit sticky but it gets absorbed into the skin just fine without making it feel like you’ve put glue on it or something.
This has been a completely life-saver on days when I got a bit more spotty, especially around that time of the month when my skin tends to go cray. I know this may sound a bit surreal but I get results overnight from this solution. The spots don’t go away completely but I can see a significant difference in their size and redness. So if you’re looking for an emergency fix, this stuff is bomb. Trust me, ladies and gents, used religiously, twice a day, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid is going to turn your skin into a fresh canvas and there’s gonna be hardly any evidence of spots left. Be careful though, this can dry out your skin a bit, which is not something to worry about because that is expected to happen from a salicylic acid product. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise and you’ll see no dry patches.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Exfoliating Facial
As soon as I spotted this peeling solution on The Ordinary website I knew I had to buy it and try it. I had a chemical peel done by a dermatologist about year ago and it was a life-changing, or more like skin-changing experience, so I was curious to see if this solution can somehow compare to that and give me similar results from the comfort of my own home. Well, the chemical peel I had in office was way stronger than this, like it literally made a layer of my skin come off and I was banned from going out in the sun for about a week. To be fair, I wouldn’t have gone out anyway because my skin was peeling off EVERYWHERE. However, the results after this treatment were amazing.
The Ordinary peeling solution is nowhere near that strong but it still gives some pretty decent results and I can definitely see the changes that it makes in my skin’s appearance. I use this no more than once a week, and I don’t leave it on for more than 10 minutes, which is exactly the recommended wear time. You don’t understand how fast I run to my bathroom to wash this off after those 10 minutes and that’s because it tingles…A LOT. But I guess that’s the whole point of a peeling solution, right?
But the tingling feeling and all the tears that gather around my eyes are worth it because once this bloody solution is off, I’m left with the softest of skins, just like a baby’s butt. And not just soft but brighter as well. You may not notice the radiance straight after you take the solution off and that’s because the acids can cause some redness, but after the skin calms down, girl you’re gonna glow!
Overall, I would definitely recommend the peeling solution to anyone who’s looking to brighten up their skin a bit in just 10 minutes. What I don’t like about this product is the applicator. It comes with the pipette thingy and the solution is quite runny so expect to make a bit of a mess at first. Just be careful with your clothes, towels or whatever stainable object you may have around because the solution will stain everything.
As you can tell I’m really happy with these three things I picked up from The Ordinary and I’m definitely going to do more research into the brand and what it has to offer. I hope you enjoyed this post and please let me know in the comments section if you’ve ever tried any products from The Ordinary or if you’ve ever been curious about them!
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