The Ordinary is part of the Abnormal Beauty Company which has a range of brands under its umbrella, all rather intriguing.
In my first post I explained the routine I had started following using The Ordinary serums. But I didn’t explain what each serum does or is meant to do.
DISCLAIMER: I am no scientist or dermatologist but I have researched the web to try and understand them.
Now I can’t comment on all the serums as I’m not using them so I’ve just listed the ones I am using. You can find tons of information online about all the serums produced by The Ordinary.
Hylamide Hydra-Density Mist: I am not generally a fan of toners. I love the idea of them but my skin feels tight and I just don’t feel like they do anything. I just wanted a toner to complete the Ordinary regimen but I also wanted one that was compatible which is why I bought this, having had a quick look at reviews online. This mist I love! It is very moisturising. The first time I put this on my skin, it rejoiced like the earth welcomes the first rains in a hot dry climate. The perfect prep for the serums.
Hyaluronic acid 2% +B5: Hyaluronic acid is essentially a large sugar! it is a glycosaminoglycan which is polysaccharide. It occurs naturally in the body with 50% of it found our skin but we reduce production of it as we age. The Ordinary formula has different weight molecules to penetrate the skin at different levels.
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: It is marketed as an acne and oily skin treatment. Niacinimide is also known as B3 and nicotinamide. In essence this is cited as being able to improve a lot of skin issues. It is should help to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. So a miracle in a bottle then?! What sold this formula to me was not only the blog by Renegade Love but my bestie was staying with for a couple of days with really clear skin. She told me she was using a prescription of clindamycin gel 1% for acne. Niacinamide is cited in a report as having comparable results to clindamycin, as brought to my attention by the Beauty Editor . The other thing about this product is that it is well tolerated by all skin types even temperamental ones (double yay).
Salicylic acid 2%: Another great product, based on my reading. This one unclogs pores and congestion, which should treat the acne. It is a beta hydroxyl. It can also exfoliate the inside of the pores and brighten skin. It’s not all fantastic though as it can be drying, my skin can feel a little parched and this is why I am using this sparingly. I am applying it on areas of acne only and even then only once a day. I applied it for twice a day for a couple of days and my skin around my chin feels a little sensitive. It is really important to wear sun protection with this product.
100% plant derived Squalane: This is a very light oil and more stable than coconut oil yet has the same antibacterial advantages, I use this during the day as its very light and doesn’t make my foundation slip. It is so far an excellent moisturiser. I can get dry patches around my eyes which can trigger my eczema but I’ve been using this for about a week now and it has been great. In fact, it can purportedly sooth eczema, chapped skin and contact dermatitis. Some people seem to apply a cream on top of this but I have not found the need. It is spring however, and my opinions might change when deepest darkest winter sets in again. Brrrrr, let’s not even think about that!
Buffet: This is a multi-peptide multi-technology serum that is continuously out of stock! It is a sell out success. It contains an opulent array of anti-ageing miracle working molecules. Apply day and night. Except of course when they don’t have it in stock…. which is why I bought the next generation formula made by the Abnormal Beauty Company’s Hylamide range.
Hylamide’s SubSQ Anti-age: contains next generation peptides, biotechnologies to hydrate to visibly improve sagging, lines and damage (ooooohhhh). Now, that does sound amazing! Does anyone actually believe a topical treatment can do all this? I’m not sure I do, but I do think the key to all lines, wrinkles and sagging is essentially down to hydration. My views are utterly personal and non-scientific of course. However, I have found this to be very soothing and hydrating. My skin feels so much softer afterwards. After this bottle goes I will try and obtain the buffet. For now this is great!
Once my skin settles into its routine and hopefully my acne is reduced then I will try the retinoids and other serums in the line up. I think the next one I might try is the Hylamide’s White RX Activated serum (£35) to fight the pigmentation left by the acne. I will also get my mother to use it too as she’s got some pigmentation from sun damage, so look out for that review!