[The Ordinary Haul] Focus: Dry & Dehydrated, Acne-Prone, Texture, Prevent & Prolong

I am somewhat late on the bandwagon.

I cannot, and I repeat, CANNOT believe I wasn’t paying attention to this brand until now!

If you still don’t know, the Ordinary is a skincare brand under the umbrella company Deciem. It is a Canadian brand that’s pretty much no nonsense: you get what you need with minimal, effective ingredients and a true price point. And by true price point I mean… Extremely affordable. Like, more affordable than drugstore products affordable. SO affordable, I had such a dumb look on my face going home, because I could not believe.

Description: The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare.

As the title of the post suggests, my current skin concerns to tackle for my shining age of 26 are:

  • Dry & Dehydrated
  • Acne-Prone
  • Texture
  • Prevent & Prolong

Below I’ve listed the items I have purchased, and a blurb of why I thought it would be good to help with my current skin situation.

Some Ordinary Products

20170205123324_img_2136-2Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
A Hydration Support Formula with Ultra-Pure, Vegan Hyaluronic Acid
$6.80 CAD

You always hear about Hyaluronic Acid being the star ingredient in products when tackling dehydration. Funny me has not been using any serums this winter; all I had was a booster from Odacite, which I LOVE, however it’s not an item that will go and tackle my concerns underneath my skin. I bought this serum in hopes that it’ll help with the tightness I tend to feel and put my skin at ease.

20170205123310_img_2135-2Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
High-Strength Vitamin an Mineral Blemish Formula
$5.90 CAD

I’m acne-prone, so this serum was a no-brainer. I am very familiar with zinc in helping with breakouts; I’ve always noticed my spots diminish quickly and inflammation subsiding after using a zinc-based product. Niacinamide however is the star ingredient because it offers a multiple of skin benefits: improving appearance of large pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and strengthening skin surface. (Check out Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary). Hopefully this serum will help with maintaining my breakouts, and with preventative care for anti-aging!

20170205123256_img_2134-2Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%
A High-Strength Lactic Acid Superficial Peeling Formulation
Use PM
$6.70 CAD

The boutique I was at didn’t have the 5%, so I opted for the 10%. I am not worried about how my skin will react, because it is accustomed to high doses of glycolic acid. Aside freom prevent and prolong, I’m really hoping this will do something about the tiny traces of indented marks I have left on my cheeks from cystic acne.

20170205123342_img_2137-2Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Multifunctional Brightening Formula
Use AM/PM (AM make sure to apply sunscreen)
$7.90 CAD

This one was raved about and recommended by my friend, who is the one who introduced me to the Ordinary (love ya, Viv). This product is in a cream/gel base, and is supposed to help with brightness and skin texture. Azelaic Acid is a new ingredient to me, so let’s hope I see some results!

And that’s it for my purchases from the Ordinary! As you can see, the 4 products I chose tackle all 4 of my major skin concerns one way or another!

And by the way, my total: $27.30 – plus CAD tax: $28.27

Not even 30 damn dollars.

If these products work, Deciem will have a customer for life!

Have you tried any of the products listed? If so, have you seen results?

xo, M


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