The Ordinary Skin Care – My Honest Review

Skin Care

In this blog post I am going to be reviewing The Ordinary skin care products, as well as their make up range. I have tried LOTS of their products now, so I will be posting my honest opinion and rating each product out of 5.

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For those of you that don’t know about The Ordinary, erm, where have you been?! This brand has been everywhere recently and has really taken the skin care industry by storm. Part of the Deciem group, their tag line pretty much sums them up “Clinical Formulations with Integrity”. They specialise in high performance, specifically targeted skin care treatments – they have a scientific approach which means that all of their products look like they have come straight from the lab. Which isn’t a bad thing – in fact it makes the brand more appealing in my opinion. There’s no fuss, no fancy scents or unnecessary ingredients. It’s not supposed to be indulgent, it’s just supposed to work. 

They have also released a small make up range (foundations and primers) as well as some hair products, which all follow the same scientific theme.

Oh ps. All products are vegan friendly and against animal testing. Love that! 

Okay, overview complete. Now let’s get reviewing!

  1. Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5
    This product is a hydrator for your face. Hyaluronic acid can attract and absorb 1000x its weight in water, and it seeps deep into the skin to ensure all moisture is contained. Vitamin B5 enhances skin absorption and, when the two are combined, it’s a recipe for glowy, hydrated skin. A side benefit of this acid/vitamin combination is that hydrated skin becomes plumper – no botox needed! 
    I have found this to be my favourite product from The Ordinary that I have tried so far. I have combination skin, and although it deeply moisturises my dry areas, it doesn’t accentuate the oily areas. A solid 5/5.
  2. Lactic Acid 5% + HA
    This is a facial peel which exfoliates the skin. Lactic acid is good for brightening and lightening skin, to reduce dullness. It’s also amazing for removing dead skin cells, toxins and debris which can build up on the skin. These peels can help target acne and redness. Sidenote: if you have sensitive skin do not use this product as it is quite strong! To reduce the strength you can mix a few drops with other skincare products or moisturisers.
    I love this peel when I feel like my skin needs a deep exfoliate. It stings, and smells questionable, but it works very effectively for me when I have breakouts. Rating 4/5. 
  3. Salicyclic Acid 2% Solution 
    This is another exfoliant, which also works as a spot treatment. The salicylic acid gets deep into pores, unclogs and flushes out the bad stuff. It contains antibacterial properties meaning it deep cleanses – no wonder it’s being referred to in the media as a “skin saviour”! It’s not a peel; this acid is meant to be fully absorbed.
    This product really works on my skin, particularly on my nose where I am prone to black heads. Immediately after using it I can notice a huge improvement. One thing I will say is when I used it on a spot and left it overnight, I noticed that it had burnt my skin slightly. So be careful, and don’t leave it on for too long, because this stuff is strong! Rating 4/5. 
  4. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
    This product is an anti-ageing one. Niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3) is known for its anti-ageing benefits. It also reduces the appearance of large pores and fine lines or wrinkles. The zinc is an added extra, which rejuvenates skin and encourages the production of new, fresh cells. Effectively, this treatment gives you radiant, smooth skin and a younger looking complexion.
    I really like this product, and I definitely notice how much it minimises the pores on my nose and in my general T-Zone area. I wouldn’t say I have noticed any ant-ageing benefits just yet, but these are more long-term effects, so I will just have to wait and see for that one! Rating 3/5.
  5. Mandelic 10% + HA 
    This acid is a more gentle dermal peel. It targets pigmentation and textural irregularities in the skin. It can also be used to calm acne, remove dead skin and reduce the chance of breakouts. It’s a more gentle acid, so if you have sensitive skin I would recommend trying this one. It can also be mixed with other skin care products or a moisturiser to reduce the intensity.
    I like this product, but in my opinion salicylic acid does the same job but better. Probably because it’s stronger! I’d give it a 3/5.
  6. Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% 
    This product brightens the skin and evens skin texture. It reduces the redness in blemishes and helps fade the appearance of post-acne discolouration. It makes skin look even and light and good as new! And, weirdly, it is derived from grains like wheat and barley – it contains yeast which is found naturally on skin!
    This product is amazing! I love using it before make up to give me the perfect blank canvas to work on. It makes me look glowy and bright and awake, and who wouldn’t want that!? Also great for those no make up days, when you still want to look fresh but with minimal effort. Rating 5/5!
  7. High Spreadability Fluid Primer
    This is a primer, so obviously it is supposed to be used before make up application to maximise longevity. That’s the basic principle of a primer! But this one has other benefits. It’s ridiculously smoothing – and blurs literally every pore on the face. Foundation just glides over the top and stays put for the full day!
    I use this primer every day, it’s my go-to for keeping my make up on. I also find that I only need a really small amount to  cover my whole face, which just means it will last me even longer! Yay! Rating 5/5.
  8. Coverage Foundation
    This foundation is full coverage af. It’s the perfect foundation – covers everything, glides on smoothly and settles into the skin so nicely which means it doesn’t look cakey, it just looks like flawless skin! You almost don’t need concealer with this, except to lighten under the eyes. There are lots of colours to choose from, with a variety of undertones to cater for pink, yellow, neutral and red/dark skin tones.
    I am obsessed with this stuff! It’s the perfect amount of coverage for me when I am going for a full glam look. And, when I want less coverage, I’ll mix it with the serum foundation. It does oxidise slightly (as do all foundations) but nothing crazy. I can wear it all day, and I’ll only need to powder my nose once or twice to blot the oils! Rating 5/5.
  9. Serum Foundation
    This foundation is absolutely beautiful for minimal/natural make up days. It’s got considerably less coverage than the coverage foundation (duhh!) but it has a glow and a dewiness to it that I just adore. It’s like wearing a second skin, but like, a much nicer, more even skin. You know?
    I love this foundation so much. I choose this over the coverage one when my skin is behaving itself, because it’s lighter and I feel like it lets my skin breathe more. On these days, I’ll just add the coverage foundation to the areas I need it (mainly my red cheeks)! 5/5 definitely!


And there you have it, my run-down of all The Ordinary products that I have tried so far. As you can probably tell, I’m a fan. I have yet to try something from this brand that I don’t like!

The next product I want to try from them is the hair serum, which is supposed to increase the thickness of hair and keep it looking healthy and full. Of course, I will let you know how I get on with it!

All in all, I think The Ordinary is revolutionary. The brand has taken the very complex science behind skin care and made it seem simple and approachable. It’s now a part of many people’s everyday routine! What I love is that there is no nonsense – nothing fancy, nothing extra or unnecessary. It’s just what’s needed. And that is probably why the price tag is so kind! Good quality skin care that actually works can cost a bomb, so it’s amazing that this brand has made it affordable and accessible for everyone. Because frankly, everyone deserves to love their skin!

H xx

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