The Ordinary


THE ORDINARY- After 4 months of adding The Ordinary's serums to my skincare routine, I finally feel credible enough to write a review based on my experience. The Ordinary is an affordable and vegan Canadian skincare line by The Abnormal Beauty Company. Over last half year, I've seen these products raved by many beauty gurus. My friend Monica was interested in placing an order so I joined her for free shipping. Since they are a Canadian company, we received the products within 2 days. If you haven't heard of the company before and/or do not have extensive knowledge on skincare, you're probably wondering what the products even do. The Ordinary is very... straightforward with their branding. The names of the products indicate the primary active ingredient in it. For some background knowledge, my skin is dry and sensitive and I have struggled with eczema since I remember. I tend to stick to fragrance-free products, which these all are. This review will be on  Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA. The Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is known for hydrating the skin and the Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA is for reducing redness. 

Hyaluronic Acid is a hydrator advertised as "[attracting] up to 1000 times its weight in water." The molecule is pre-existing in our skin but not for hydrating purposes. Knowing this guarantees that my sensitive skin will not be irritated from the product. The serum includes HA in 3 different molecular weights because its natural form is too large to penetrate the skin and effectively hydrate it. My skin often gets flaky and requires exfoliating at least once a week; I'll notice that when I put on foundation and it looks cake-y. Even over the summer where it was more humid, I still suffered from dry patches underneath my eyes and my chins, and roughness on my cheeks. After using the serum for 4 months, applying it after I used a cleanser and toner, I noticed that I was using exfoliator on my cheeks less often. However, the dry patches on my face were still reoccurring spontaneously. Unfortunately, I'll have to conclude that it was not significantly effective for me in the 4 months I used it. Because HA 2% + B5 extracts moisture from the environment and the environment I am in lacks moisture (no humidifier, 3/4th of the year is winter), it did not work to its potential for me. 

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA is the second serum which I purchased for my hyperpigmentation. Alpha Arbutin is used to treat sunspots, melasma and inflamed skin. It contains ingredients that are melanin inhibitors which work to brighten skin and reduce hyperpigmentation. The problem which I was dealing with was inflamed skin under my nose and minor rashes on my cheeks. I apply drops of serum on my cheeks every morning and night and pat it on to absorb. The bottle specifies to use sunscreen in the AM, which I would apply after moisturizing. After 4 months of usage, I noticed that the skin under my nose wasn't noticeably red anymore. Before, I would use foundation to cover my uneven skin and it would still not provide full coverage. Now my skin is significantly less red than before, and a layer of foundation will do. I would recommend this product for those dealing with eczema and rashy skin. It did not irritate my skin at all.

These products will be definitely staying in my skincare routine; They have done more good than harm for me. I've already purchased refills while at the Deciem store in Toronto. You aren't losing much for the price and the value. I would recommend giving this brand a chance if you haven't yet.

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