The Ordinary “Buffet” vs. The Ordinary “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1% Review

I have been all over the place with my thoughts on peptides for the past few years. I’ve tried only a few peptide-containing skincare products in the past. Back then, I couldn’t really grasp what exactly they were doing for my skin. In 2021, I had a “skincare funk” or “skincare fatigue”. I was getting very fed up with my routine and skincare in general. I added The Ordinary Buffet and The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% into my routine to try something different. I opted for The Ordinary peptide products because I like that they offer straight shooter formulas. It helps to understand what an ingredient does for you, all the while at a decent price point.


General Information About The Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%

“This formula combines a comprehensive array of studied technologies to target multiple signs of aging at once.”

The Ordinary

The Ordinary “Buffet”

Amount: 30-60ml
Price: $18.30 – $32.90 CAD
Where to Buy:
Deciem
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The Ordinary “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%

Amount: 30ml
Price: $33.70 CAD
Where to Buy:
Deciem
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The Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1% Ingredients

The following technologies make up 25.1% of the formula. They are:

  • Matrixyl™ 3000 peptide complex (with palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, reduces inflammation)
  • Matrixyl™ synthe’6™ peptide complex (with palmitoyl tripeptide-38, claims to boost 6 major components of the skin matrix, including collagen and hyaluronic acid)
  • SYN™-AKE peptide complex (with dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate, “botox in a jar”)
  • ARGIRELOX™ peptide complex (with acetyl hexapeptide-8, pentapeptide-18, “botox in a jar”)
  • Postbiotic complex (with Lactococcus lactis lysate, helps strengthen skin barrier)  in a base of 11 amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes
  • The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% has of course 26.1% of peptides in the formula, the extra 1% being the Copper Peptides – wound-healing, promotes good collagen, anti-inflammatory. It is naturally occurring in some bodily fluids (plasma, urine), and we lose on average a few ng/ml every year

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My Experience with the Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%

Both consistencies are lightweight in texture and are gel-like serums. I would say out of the two, The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% had a thinner consistency. I found myself applying The Ordinary Buffet more liberally. For The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%, I only needed 4 drops to find it effective (could also be price/size difference lol). The Ordinary Buffet did not have a scent to it, whereas The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% smelled like vinegar.

Upon first use, both The Ordinary Buffet and The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% sensitized my skin. It slightly stung and my skin looked a bit red. As My skin acclimated with gradual usage and I no longer experienced any sensitization from either. With consistent nightly application, I noticed the next morning my face looked bright and even. I noticed more of a luminosity and healthier look with The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% in particular. My husband was also using The Ordinary Buffet+ Copper Peptides 1% every night. I noticed his complexion looked brighter and had a smoother than usual appearance (his skin is enviously flawless).

In terms of hydration, both are decent but I do find my skin prefers something more emollient in general. I found myself reaching for Regimen Lab’s Wave Serum (reviewed) in conjunction with one of the TO serums.


My Final Thoughts on the Ordinary “Buffet” & “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%

Peptides are still fairly new to me in my skincare routine, but so far I like what I’m seeing. The Ordinary’s straight-shooter formulas have been helpful to understand what peptides do. I want to continue incorporating peptides in my skincare routine. I found The Ordinary Buffet mostly served as a hydrating serum. I used The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% more as an active/treatment along the lines of Tretinoin, AHAs, etc. The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% definitely furthered my interest in copper peptides. I purchased the favourite NIOD CAIS3 in 2021 during Deciem’s Slowvember Sale.

I haven’t been consistent in using NIOD CAIS3 however. I am still trying to finish up The Ordinary Buffet, and I reintroduced my 0.1% Tretinoin prescription into my nighttime skincare routine once my face fully healed from my 3rd CO2 Fraxel Laser session. However I am now near the end of The Ordinary Buffet. Rest assured, NIOD CAIS3 will be used regularly soon! If you are thinking of picking up one of The Ordinary peptide serums, opt for The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1%. Yes, you get double the amount for a similar price with The Ordinary Buffet 60ml. However, I found I saw more benefits with The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% with just a few drops at a time.

As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative!

xo, M

Malezia 5% Urea Moisturizer and 2.5% Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Gel Review

Oh snap, it’s finally here – Malezia is on the market!

Recall back in 2018 the Michelle that started using a 5% Benzoyl Peroxide wash and OTC Differin in her skincare routine? Well, it was after learning a lot about skincare and skin ingredients from awesome people such as Dr. Dray, Lab Muffin Beauty Science, and F.C. from Simple Skincare Science.

SimpleSkincareScience was one of the first places where I really began to understand my skin and how to look for skincare catered to its needs. His focus is on malassezia folliculitis, or as the internet calls it, “fungal acne”. In short, it is a yeast that’s naturally part of our skin’s microbiome that grows in the presence of oil. Its growth seems to be a common factor when it comes to various skin conditions, such as acne!

For extensive information, definitely check out his blog post on the topic, it’s a great learning experience.

While my acne is not “fungal acne”, I can definitely appreciate using products that wouldn’t overfeed the yeast on my skin that may be triggering my acne.

Hello, Malezia!

That’s where Malezia comes in – it is a “microbiology-based” skincare company started by F.C. from SimpleSkincareScience. The goal is to “destroy skin diseases” (F.C.’s words lol) by using simple but effective products in a minimal skincare routine. If you look at his skincare guide, it’s just 3 products!

If there is one relatable person on the internet when it comes to dealing with skin concerns, trying everything under the sun and flipping some figurative and literal tables – it’s F.C. My skin improved because of what he shares with the world and I guess in a way I’m trying to “pay it forward” with my blog and youtube by sharing my experience in maintaining clear skin.

With all that being said, I absolutely had to buy Malezia skincare! I’ve have both the 5% Urea Moisturizer and 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) Acne Treatment Gel. I have been rotating them in my skincare routines since April 2021 to June 2021 and I am ready to share my thoughts!


About Malezia 5% Urea Moisturizer

Price: $22
Packaging: Opaque pink beige aluminum tube with a twist-off cap.
Amount: 50ml

Ingredients

Urea is a humectant, helps with skin’s desquamation, and it helps improve the function of your skin barrier by thickening it, thus preventing excess Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL).

There are additional, classic moisturizing molecules in the formula – Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid for humectants, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride as an emollient, Dimethicone as an occlusive.

Allantoin is also present in the INCI list, a classic soother.

Overall the formula is nice and simple, with 5% urea being the star! The list has 13 ingredients total, none that should comprimise those with malassezia folliculitis and other skin concerns related to this overly fed fungi.


About Malezia 2.5% BPO Acne Treatment Gel

Price: $11.50
Packaging: Opaque black aluminum tube with a twist-off cap.
Amount: 50ml

Ingredients

Malezia Acne Treatment Gel has a whopping 7 ingredients! The focus is around the 2.5% BPO in the formula.

In my skinthusiast opinion, BPO is THE best OTC active you can use for inflamed, active acne. It’s a pro-oxidant that inhibits the acne bacteria, and it can’t “get used to it”. The main issue with this ingredient is while it works really well, it definitely comes with side effects. Micronized, 2.5% BPO is used in the Malezia Acne Treatment as a gentler alternative. Speaking of gentle, you don’t need a high percentage for BPO to work, you don’t even need to leave it on your skin overnight, you can use this like a mask aka Short Contact Therapy!

The Acne Treatment Gel also includes 0.5% Sodium Phytate. According to the Malezia website, it helps “boost skin moisture and elasticity, regulate oil production, and combat hyperpigmentation.”

You’ll also find classic Glycerin in the formula, a humectant naturally occuring in our skin.

Overall the formula is simple and purposeful – beat that acne’s butt without the need to dry the skin out.


My Experience with Malezia Moisturizer and Acne Treatment Gel

Both Malezia’s Urea Moisturizer and BPO Acne Treatment gel have a lovely light gel consistency with no stickiness. The Urea Moisturizer definitely has more body to leave a moisturizing layer, whereas the BPO Acne Treatment Gel is so nice and light, it’s really easy to incorporate in your skincare routine either on the whole face or as a spot treatment.

Malezia Urea Moisturizer Experience

I would use the Urea Moisturizer right after cleansing as my only hydrator, I stopped using vitamin c as well to see what it would do as the main performer in my AM routine. When I use this, my skin always feels super comfortable, looks even, plump, and overall healthy and unbothered. I have tried a number of times using this on its own, but alas, it’s not enough for my parched skin! I also noticed my sebaceous filaments looked good when I used this as my sole supplemental product in my morning routine. Not sure if it’s because of the urea, or because I stopped using layers of other hydrators, or both! In addition, it managed to calm an allergic reaction I had on my cheek quickly.


Malezia BPO Acne Treatment Gel Experience

For the BPO Acne Treatment Gel, I discontinued Aczone and tried it in both my morning and nighttime skincare routine; I would not use Tretinoin if I used BPO at night.

Reaction the morning after using Malezia 2.5% BPO Gel all over my face.

It seems I was too confident in my skin, for I applied this 2.5% BPO gel all over my face one night, and woke up the next morning with a red, puffy, and itchy face 😀

Learning my lesson, I tried the BPO gel via spot-treatment. I personally am not a fan of spot-treating, but it was the only way my skin could tolerate the Acne Treatment Gel at the beginning since I messed up first use. I applied the BPO gel on a couple of acne cysts I got on my chin (typical) and I was happy with how quickly it lowered the size and inflammation around the pimple.

My husband also uses it on the rarely so often spot, and he also noticed how quickly the pimple flattens. I’ve recently been using it all over my back because gym + hot weather = gnarly cystic bacne breakouts. I’ve experienced no irritation, dryness and the size and redness has already significantly reduced.

Selfie after using Malezia 5% Urea Moisturizer in my skincare routine.

Final Thoughts on Malezia

I can feel that this brand was created with genuine intentions to help those of us that suffer from acne. F.C. and supporters created a massive list of “fungal acne” safe products on SimpleSkincareScience. However, the big achievement was creating reliable products that check all those boxes without navigating through the noise.

Easy understanding of what they’re doing to be sustainable. I find brands just say they’re environmentally friendly but do not divulge how. Malezia actually shares what they’re doing from the ground up, making the information very easy to access and understand.

Makes me embrace the minimalism of skincare. Less is more, both in the formulations and the skincare routine as a whole. The small ingredient lists help us understand what’s in our products, and reduce the likelihood of negative reactions. The 3-step skincare routine demonstrates we don’t need a lot of lotions and potions to achieve clear, healthy skin.

On Malezia’s socials and website, the before and afters are quite compelling. I do feel it’s a mix between the products themselves and the skincare regimen. Basically, you keep it very simple – simplicity is also part of achieving clear skin as well.

The one notable con for me is the shipping. It is quite pricey, so I recommend doing a bulk order if you already tried and liked the products. Since I have tried both skincare items, I plan on repurchasing both in the future. Another “holy shiz” moment the shipping is the time – I got 6-45 days! Hot dang that’s a long ass time. Malezia is a new company run by a small team, trying to uphold quality and value as much as possible. This is why I’m not letting this con effect my opinion of the products and brand as a whole.

Another reminder is that the BPO Gel can still bleach fabric. After I apply the gel, I wash my hands properly and wear a white shirt as my pajama top. I also sleep on a white pillowcase.


Overall, I like the simplicity of both formulations in the Malezia Moisturizer and Acne Treatment Gel. Unforuntaely, it is not enough for my thirsty skin if used on its own. If you want your skincare routine to be minimal, these two items are better for oilier skin types. For dryer skin types like myself, it’s easy to include both the moisturizer and treatment in your existing skincare routine!

I love the heart of what Malezia stands for and its attention to detail. Choosing effective ingredients, minimal formulation, cosmetic elegance, and packaging choices. Being a baseline skincare routine for those with acne-prone and other malassezia-induced skin concerns. It’s definitely a brand worth supporting if you have the budget for it.

WHERE TO BUY:
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As always, I hope you find content like this helpful and informative!

xo, M

5 Mindsets for Mental AND Skin Clarity!

Achieving clear skin is more than just the products you use. What’s going on internally matters. What you consume mentally, and your thoughts about yourself.

A few years ago Dr. Sam Bunting had an instagram post sharing a study that demonstrated 63% of individuals diagnosed with acne were more likely to experience depression than those who had clear skin in the first year. Dr. Dray also uploaded a video in May about the mental impact acne has on an individual.

I very much relate to this because I felt so negatively affected by my skin. When cystic acne was in full force all over my face and neck, I was at an all time low. I just graduated university, had $14k of student loan and credit card debt, and was “underemployed”. A bad relationship ended, I struggled to find a full time job, ate inflammatory foods. I thought of ridiculous hypotheticals of not achieving the things I wanted in life, how people perceived me. Overall, I was just confused with my life and having acne made it all feel significantly worse.

At my skin’s worst and at my most stressed, I finally said to myself “I don’t give a fuck anymore”. It was like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I felt so much happier with myself despite my acne. This is the mindset shift I hope this video can help you with. With social media and advertisements bombarding us on the daily… What we see is not what we get in real life. We need to have strong convictions and a realistic approach to the clarity we want to see in our skin. I truly believe the first step is mental clarity.

I have suffered with some type of acne since my preteens. It’s only been in recent times I managed to really understand my skin and gain control over my acne. One of the first steps to skin clarity was fixing my mental state.

Reflecting on my past self, I’m glad I managed to reach this inner peace and acceptance with my skin. I believe we all deserve to have this feeling and not let the state of our skin impact us so much.

I have been wanting to make a video related to mindset when it comes to skincare for a while now. A language learning video by Lindie Botes – “Mindsets you need to have to learn any language!” inspired me. It helped me not only with my personal goal of learning a language, but how to organize my thoughts for this post/video.

I tried my best to list these mindsets/attitudes in a sensible order. In a way that you could easily and constantly practice in your clear skin journey. I applied these tips to myself and they work for me. I say work because mindset is always changing.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional anything. I just want to share my clear skin journey with you all.

With that said, here are the 5 mindsets that are tried and true. Hopefully they will help you achieve some mental and skin clarity.


1. Release

Let it go. Let go of all the negative thoughts, worries, concerns of what you have of your skin. Of what you think people think of your skin. Overcome the obsession and worry you have for your skin concern by not putting it on a pedestal. You’re hurting yourself with your own thoughts more than what others actually say to you

I compared myself to my friends who never once said anything bad about my acne. They also never made me feel like shit about it. Even my colleagues never made me feel bad about it. But no matter the good intentions or words, I could not get out of my own head. It’s like my brain switched and the weight lifted the moment I said “I don’t give a fuck anymore”. I felt like I started living my life way better from there.

2. Fearlessness

Do not be afraid to walk out in public. Do not be afraid of looks, whispers, comments. Stop letting the fear of being seen with your acne prevent you from living your life. Live your life how you think you would if you had clear skin – without caring what other people think. I know how heavily concerned you are about your appearance, but you need to stop putting it at the forefront of your mind.

I used to not want to do anything because I hated how I looked. If I had to do something, I needed to wear a full face of makeup. Even if it was just going grocery shopping. I also thought I wouldn’t become employed, be in a relationship… That my friends would not want to hang out with me because of how bad my skin was. Instead, I got a customer facing job at my skin’s worst. I met my now husband. My friends always pushed me to go out with them; They knew I was so afraid of people seeing my skin in public. I actually started to feel more fearless when I followed the first step first.

As Cher Horowitz once said, “carpe diem, okay?”

3. Focus

Streamline your skincare routine. I wrote a blog post back in 2015 on how to create a skincare routine. I listed questions to ask yourself when creating it. One big question is what is your greatest skin concern – in this case, it is acne. Do not be distracted by the other concerns that acne causes such as pigmentation, texture, large pores. Once you get a handle on your acne, you will prevent most of the other skin problems associated with it. Give 0 shits about fancy packaging, the latest key ingredients and what influencers say you need to try because they’re obsessed. Stick to your skincare plan and do not be swayed by what others say about other shiny things online.

4. Patience

In the age of instant gratification, social media is skewing our perceptions of what is realistic and attainable in the pursuit of clear skin. I’m here to tell you that there is no miracle within a day, week, or a month. I used to feel desperate to clear my face as soon as possible, but that just:
1. gave me unrealistic expectations
2. Made me overuse products and torture my skin
3. made me more depressed about my skin that it wasn’t getting better
4. made me spend more money on products I did not need
Bring yourself back to reality, take it day by day, enjoy your life while tackling your acne. Before you know it, you will have clear skin.

5. Belief

The belief that you WILL have clear skin, that this won’t last forever. Achieving clear, healthy skin is a definite outcome. This moment in time with acne will not last forever, you will get your healthy skin back. The journey just may be different from others. It may be longer or shorter, but you will get there in your own time.


I know how painful it is both physically and mentally to have acne. To feel less than, to not feel beautiful. But you need to be kinder to yourself – you are not your acne, you are not your skin condition. Once you change your mindset towards yourself, the good will just flow. For me personally, I feel free. I like myself more, and my baseline for stress about skin breakouts is significantly lower.

I will end this post with a few quotes:

“My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.”

—Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

“Beauty is not in the face; Beauty is a light in the heart.”

—Khalil Gibran

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

—Roald Dahl

As always, I hope you find posts like these helpful and informative!

xo, M