New Beauty Buys: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid
If you're even remotely interested in beauty and skincare, you'll probably have heard of The Ordinary; a purse-friendly scientific skincare line that promises high quality and excellent results.
The Ordinary, from umbrella brand Deciem, is a brand that's been on my radar for quite a while, but I wanted to delay testing out any of their products until I had my skin under control and a solid routine in place. But now my skin is clearer than it's been in years, and I've got a staple skincare routine, so the time felt right to start reintroducing some new steps and some new products, and something from The Ordinary was at the top of my list.
With The Ordinary, it's quite important to understand your skin, its problem areas and what it needs from skincare. The brand is very factual, but pretty light on the description, and there is a wide selection of products to choose from, so if you're not clued up on skincare, it can be a bit of a minefield to navigate.
I decided to start my Deciem journey with The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. My skincare routine is predominantly La Roche-Posay, to keep it clear and fresh, but sometimes that can mean my skin feels a little dryer than I'd like, and it can often look a little lacklustre. Hyaluronic acid is something that the body produces naturally, but is also something that we lose rapidly as we age, so replacing it daily is a great way to improve the look of skin's texture as we age.
I've been using the Hyaluronic Acid solution for about three weeks now, and it's slotted perfectly into my daily skincare regime. The formula looks and feels incredibly viscous, but glides onto skin and absorbs in beautifully, leaving a fresh, hydrated complexion ready for moisturiser.
In the morning, I cleanse and then apply three drops of the HA over my face, following it up with eye cream and La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo + SPF 30. The whole routine takes less than a few minutes and ensures my skin is prepped for makeup and remains hydrated all day. In the evening, I remove makeup and cleanse, and then pop on another three drops of the HA, before finishing up with a night serum, or if my skin's looking a little blemished or red, La Roche-Posay's Cicaplast Baume B5. This routine has really been working for me, to ensure clear skin and a soft, glowing complexion. It's not been revolutionary, nor has it drastically changed the look of my skin, but it's maintained the condition of my skin and ensured that it doesn't look dried-out or tired on a daily basis.
One of the most astonishing things about The Ordinary products is the pricepoint - the Hyaluronic Acid was £5.50 on ASOS. A similar hyaluronic acid gel (albeit with much less hyaluronic acid inside the formula) I was previously using was five times this price, and the results were nowhere near as effective.
After using the Hyaluronic Acid, I'm really interested in trying a few more of The Ordinary products - the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is piquing my interest currently, and I'm hearing great things about the Rosehip Seed Oil too. As always, if I get the chance to try them out, I'll keep you updated on my progress!
Have you tried anything from The Ordinary?