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In less than a year, The Ordinary skincare have become a household name in the beauty world. Hitting the sweet spot between efficacy and price that we’d all been dreaming about since our first foray into skincare, these products are all about providing results (just do a quick search for ‘The Ordinary reviews’ — they speak for themselves).
Here at RY HQ, the excitement hasn’t yet died down over this cult clinical brand, so you could imagine our excitement when a whopping eight new products hit our shelves recently. From a hardworking retinol serum to ferulic acid, Vitamin C and more, these newbies are total overachievers. Keep on reading for the run-down on all the latest launches from The Ordinary Skincare.
Recommended skin types: Mature, dull or hyperpigmented
What it does: Vitamin C is a star ingredient for anyone looking to blur fine lines, clear up dark or uneven spots and brighten the skin on the whole. This serum-cream formula is completely waterless, meaning that the Vitamin C is entirely stable without losing potency.
At 30%, this product doesn’t feature the highest concentration of Vitamin C around, but the use of L-Ascorbic Acid powder makes up for this, as it’s a very potent and effective form of Vitamin C. After just a short while using this product, you’ll be able to see a difference in texture, tone and elasticity. Light silicones work to give this product a silky texture, letting it glide across the skin reminiscent of your favourite silicone-based primer.
How to use it: Apply this product of a night, post-cleanser but before your moisturiser. This product can be used every evening. Due to its potency and the presence of L-Ascorbic Acid powder, this serum may create a strong tingling sensation on the skin for the first 1-2 weeks. If this is too much to bear, reduce frequency to every second day or mix with your go-to moisturiser (just ensure it doesn’t contain any reactive ingredients such as retinol).
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Recommended skin types: Anyone wanting to protect their skin against the environment; mature skin
What it does: Calling city slickers, beach babes and everyone in between! If you didn’t already know, Resveratrol is your go-to ingredient for fending off environmental damage from free radicals, pollutants or the sun’s harsh rays. Although it’s not a substitute for your SPF, The Ordinary skincare’s Resveratrol Serum 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% is definitely a serum worth picking up (at this price, how could you say no?!).
Both ingredients are antioxidants, giving them boundless protective benefits. Ferulic acid is also a hot skincare ingredient as it’s plant based and has fantastic anti-ageing benefits. Paired together, these ingredients also work to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
How to use it: Apply once daily, preferably of a morning, after water-based serums and before oils, moisturisers or creams. You can use this product solo or layer it with other treatments to give them an antioxidant boost.
Recommended skin types: Mature, age-conscious or hyperpigmented
What it does: If you haven’t yet heard about the miracle properties of retinol, we’ll get straight to the kicker: this is the only known ingredient that’s been found to actually reverse the signs of physical ageing. It’s a necessity in your regimen if ageing is amongst your skin concerns. The Ordinary skincare boast a whole range of retinol products at affordable prices, but this one in particular has been lauded for its transformative properties.
A water-free serum, this product features a 2% concentration of an advanced retinoid complex known as Granactive Retinoid. It works to restore the skin’s balance, supplementing hydration and restoring elasticity for fewer fine lines or wrinkles. Paired with plant-based Squalane, an antioxidant, this serum protects your skin against UV damage and wards off age spots.
How to use it: Retinols and retinoids can be touchy, so it’s best to start off using your product once every second day, no matter the concentration. Apply a small amount to cleansed skin of an evening before applying your moisturiser or night cream. Make sure you’re not using anything that could cause a reaction, such as Vitamin C or another retinol. Of a morning, it’s important to protect your skin with a quality SPF to avoid any exposure-related irritations.
PS. Kim Kardashian uses this product. Are you obsessed yet?
This product is also available in a 5% concentration of Granactive Retinoid. If you’ve used retinols or retinoids before and have built up a solid tolerance, opt for the higher concentration. Conversely, go for the 2% if you’re a retinol newbie — there’s always the option of levelling up when your skin becomes a little less sensitive.
Recommended skin types: Anyone wanting to protect their skin against the environment
What it does: Another stellar skin-shield, The Ordinary skincare have released an innovative formula with their EUK 134 Serum 0.1%. Packed full of this superhero ingredient, EUK 134 is a key antioxidant that will help to ward off pollution, UV rays, smoke and more before they hit the skin and start to oxidise, creating negative effects.
So many cases of extreme or premature physical ageing are related to environmental damage, so even if you’re a spring chicken, it’s time to start protecting and preventing! Pigmentation spots, fine lines, wrinkles and more are far less likely to occur early on with a serum like this one in your arsenal.
How to use it: Apply once daily after cleansing and applying water-based serums and before heavier oils or creams. To increase the antioxidant benefits of another product, simply mix together and let the magic happen! Do not use The Ordinary EUK 134 Serum 0.1% with acidic formulations such as anything containing a high ascorbic acid concentration (i.e. anything with Vitamin C).
Recommended skin types: Mature, age-conscious, acne-prone or hyperpigmented
What it does: The second retinol-based formula from The Ordinary skincare, the Retinol Serum 0.2% in Squalane is yet again, another powerful anti-ager. However, it’s also got a huge range of benefits for other skin types! As well as combating fine lines and wrinkles, this concentration and form of retinol is great at banishing acne and refining the pores. What can’t this ingredient do?
It also works to plump the skin, restore elasticity and protect against environmental stressors like UV rays. Squalane helps to boost this antioxidant effect, adding to the protective element, as well as counteracting bacteria for a totally gorgeous, clear complexion.
How to use it: Similarly to the Granactive Retinoid, this product should be used of an evening for best results. Ensure you apply a quality SPF of a morning to prevent against adverse effects when met with sun exposure. If the concentration proves too strong, use every second day until a tolerance is built.
This product is also available in a 0.5% concentration if you’re a regular retinol user.
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