The Ordinary. – skincare with honesty and integrity

Up until now I’ve mostly reviewed eco-friendly and chemical-free skincare products. But this time I would like to talk about a couple of products by The Ordinary, a non-organic, Canadian brand. At first, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to review their stuff, because it does contain certain chemicals that my other, ‘greener’ products don’t have. But after further research I decided to give the brand a try.

What I like most about the products is the clear content description, the simple and elegant packaging, and the affordable prices. The Ordinary also stands for transparency, honesty and integrity, which is always nice when it comes to skincare. Plus, the products are cruelty-free and most of them are vegan.

Here are the two products I’ve been using for the last couple of months. They’re both vegan and free of alcohol, oil, silicone, nut and gluten.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 gift from sister

What it claims to do: offers multi-depth hydration and visible plumping. Well, when I used it my skin did indeed look plump and glowing, so the product did what it promised, but after a while my skin got a little irritated. The problem is most likely my rosacea. It’s a pretty mild type, so I still haven’t figured out which ingredients exactly trigger the flareups. But just to be safe, I wouldn’t recommend this product for people with sensitive skin.

The top three ingredients in this serum are water, sodium hyaluronate, and pentylene glycol. Sodium hyaluronate helps skin to retain moisture and restores its suppleness. It’s classified as non-toxic. Pentylene glycol is a synthetic humectant that functions as a solvent and preservative. It can cause skin irritation.

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA bought for €7.95 on Lookfantastic

What it claims to do: offers non-greasy surface hydration. No complaints here, this moisturiser is really good. My skin is hydrated and soft, without looking oily. I have combination skin that gets pretty shiny throughout the day, so I’m super happy whenever I can find effective, non-greasy moisturisers.

The structure of the product is interesting. For a cream, it’s pretty thick and sort of dry. I personally have to use quite a lot to get the desired effect. But you get a large tube (100 ml) for a reasonable price, so I guess it’s okay.

The three top ingredients in this moisturiser are water, caprylic/capric triglyceride, and cetyl alcohol. Caprylic or capric triglyceride is made from coconut oil and glycerin. It acts as an emollient, dispersing agent and solvent. Its toxicity level is quite low. Cetyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol that doesn’t dry your skin. It’s derived from plants and is considered as fairly non-toxic.

Both products are pretty good. I especially like the moisturiser and recommend it for people with combination and oily skin. The Hyaluronic Acid is a little harsher and probably not suitable if you have rosacea.

I hope you enjoyed the post. Thanks for reading!

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