Today is an exciting day. A VERY exciting day.
Today marks the official first day of my adventures in a new skin care line! (not spons’d. i wish)
Never in MY LIFE have I been a one-brand girl. In fact, those of you out there who always buy the same exact soap, cereal, laundry detergent, etc., I ask you – WHY!? There is just too much variety out there for me to want to stick to THE SAME stupid brand each time. I prefer to mix it up and get a little crazy. Except when it comes to dry shampoo because YOU KNOW the best brand for that, obvs.
But when I caught wind that there was a skincare brand boasting powerful concentrations of quality ingredients with price points as low as $6, I was SHOOKETH.
Give me a bargain or give me death, I always say. And while you’re at it, make it work.
After I wrote about how I wrecked my skin just shy of a year ago, I had all kinds of folks giving me all kinds of advice. “Don’t try lasers!” they said. “Try this $200 set!”, they said. And I was intrigued. I DO want the spots to fade, the lines to disappear. But at what cost? In my book, $200 for a 90-day supply of product just isn’t worth it. I’d rather go to Paris, or buy us a nice dinner out or maybe the 6-foot Pusheen plush at Fuego. Doing a laser treatment is also not off my radar but I am pretty much going to need a 100% guarantee that it will work.
So in the meantime, I decided to give The Ordinary a shot. This brand is now available on Sephora.com but I placed my order on deciem.com.
Here are the products I purchased and the reasons I purchased them:
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalene.
- Should help fade my sun spots
- Also helps fine lines and signs of ageing
I went with the Retinoid versus Retinol because I read that they are stronger. I decided on the highest percentage because my sun spots are pretty intense.
The Ordinary 100% Plant Derived Squalene
- Helps with hydration
- Also great for my damaged hair
I decided on this product after reading multiple articles about how great it is. Plus, I like the word squalene :).
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2%
- Amazing for hydration
- Helps “plump” the skin
OF COURSE I got a hyaluronic acid. This ingredient is produced naturally but the production slows down over time. I have seen first-hand the amazing effects of hyaluronic acid and how glowy and plump it makes the skin appear.
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2%
- Also helps with hyperpigmentation and spots
I purchased this one because of the high concentration of the active ingredients at 2%. The standard is 1% and Mama needs all the help she can get.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
- Intense Hydrating lotion
I wanted to try at least one product that was not an oil-based serum from the line and this lotion is regarded very highly. Also, you get 100 mls for less than $8!
Over the past few days of using these pups I can attest to their keen absorption into the skin, the wonderful absence of scent and the ease of the packaging.
And since I am so very excited to see how the results pan out, I am doing before and afters! So here is my BEFORE in all her eye goop and age spots, morning glory.
Let me know if YOU have tried any products from The Ordinary! I hear they make a nice foundation too :).