If you have not heard of Deciem’s The Ordinary range, you are living under a rock. But saying that, despite the very attractive price point, Deciem does not make it super easy to choose the products that are right for you. I use a few from other Deciem lines, but since the Canadian Beauty Bloggers Network is focusing on The Ordinary this month, these are the four I regularly use (and repurchase). I will be posting in depth reviews of each over the coming week, but if you just want a quick overview, this is the post for you.
Deciem The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ~ $6.80 CDN (30ml)
Starting with the ones I use daily, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 helps to promote moisture in your skin. Hyaluronic acid is in many moisturizers these days so an easy one to start with from Deciem. Hyaluronic acid is not a moisturizer itself, it attracts moisture and holds it in your skin so helps your skin maintain the moisture you add after.
Use The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 after cleansing and toning as a serum (before any oil based products that will stop it being absorbed). You can simply add a few drops to your fingers and pat onto your face. Use morning and night for best results.
Deciem The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% ~ $6.70 CDN (30ml)
Another one I use daily! The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% with EGCG helps reduce the appearance of dark circles or puffyness around your eyes. My glasses magnify mine and most of you know I am up super early so I need all the help I can get. This comes in a darker bottle and is a thick serum so you can get a drop on your fingers to massage under the eyes gently.
Apply The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% with EGCG (a green tea extract) morning and night. I apply before my Hyaluronic Acid but no idea if I am applying in the right order. Something like that would be great to add to their website. A check all products and it tells you what order to use them in.
Deciem The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% ~ $5.30 CDN (30ml)
If you have used any acne targeted product, you are likely familiar with Salicylic Acid. It is a beta hydroxyl acid (BHA) that gently exfoliates the skin. Use it all over morning and night to exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity. While they say that this can be used morning and night, I only use it at night as I find it takes while to fully sink in and do its job.
My skin is pretty clear at the moment, but you can also use it as a spot treatment on blemishes as needed. This gives a more targetted approach than a quick swipe of this on a cotton ball across your entire face.
Deciem The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% with HA ~ $6.70 CDN (30ml)
Lactic Acid is a chemical peel and 10% is the stronger of the two Lactic Acids that Deciem’s The Ordinary offers. I used to use 5% but with the cold weather, my skin has been flakier so I jumped up to 10%. They added Tasmanian pepperberry to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity of a peel. Plus Hyaluronic Acid to make this 10% solution a lot gentler on the skin. I still would not use it once per day as the box says. Twice a week at night is plenty to keep my skin fresh, but I do use Salicylic daily too.
Deciem recently changed the formula on this so it smells a lot better than the old one. If you have never used a peel, go with the 5% solution. You can use it more often for the same results and get less irritation. You only need a few drops of this on a cotton pad so the bottle lasts forever at the rate I use it too. My skin often feels oilier the morning after applying this but is fine after cleansing.
On my list to try from The Ordinary is Vitamin C 23%, 100% plant derived Squalane and Buffet solution. Plus their Niacinamide 10% with Zinc next time I have a breakout.