Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Ordinary Skincare Review - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution , Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

When DECIEM came out with a whole line of products under The Ordinary banner, the beauty world could not stop talking & raving about it! I get why. They offered no-nonsense, clinical skincare products at affordable prices. (though unavailabilty in India still makes sourcing their products a bit steep).
An array of serums concentrating on individual ingredients targeting different concerns & skin needs. It allows you to pick ingredients suited to you & make your own regime.
Also, their products are usually fragrance-free, alcohol-free, silicone-free, oil-free, nut-free, cruelty-free and vegan.

It has taken me sometime to feature these products here, but I always like trying skincare for a good amount of time before sharing my thoughts with you all. Anyway, here you go! 


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1) AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution


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I have become a fan of acid peels, having a few favourites in my stash.
One of them is the AHA BHA Peeling Solution by The Ordinary. A product that is hyped all over & loved by most. 
I understood what the hype was about after I used it the first time. 

This blood red liquid which gives you vampire feels & makes you look like you have had a very satisfying snack of human flesh the second you apply it, holds the power to show visible effects in 1! Talk about instant gratification! 


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The Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) - Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric, Citric help in exfoliating the skin's surface. The Beta hydroxy acids (BHA) - Salicylic Acid exfoliate & help clear pore congestion
Additionally, it also has Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use ; Hyaluronic acid crosspolymer to make the solution comfortable, Vitamin B5 to assist healing & Black Carrot as an antioxidant

I have been using this for quite a few months now & I really like it! 
  • It always gives me brighter, more even toned skin
  • It definitely improves skin texture & takes care of all the dull skin days. 
  • Makes skin soft & smooth - This will be visible from 1st use itself. 
  • It is also very easy to use. I smooth a few drops over clean face in a thin layer (avoiding eye area), leave it on for 5-7 minutes (never more than 10 mins!!) & rinse with water thoroughly. 
I use it once in 10 days usually (even 15 days sometimes) & before any important events when I need a boost in the glow. 

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Since these are strong acids, I am always cautious & even though you can use it twice a week (that's what the brand says), I use it far less frequently. Also, this liquid has a very strong acid smell & stings a bit when you apply it. It is not a pleasant sensation buy I find it tolerable. 

** If you have extremely senstive skin, open wounds, active breakouts please stay clear of this. I would also recommend everyone to do a patch test before using this!!


2) Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

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This product has 5% caffeine + Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves both of which work in reducing eye puffiness & dark circles.
The jar is tinted brown to help protect the forumla from sunlight degradation.


The solution is like a serum consistency (it's not as thin as water, but not completely gel like). It spreads easily & gets absorbed quicky & well. You only need a drop for both the eyes and 1 bottle will last you AGES!
I have been using it for over 3 months & here's what I think:

  • It does help reduce puffiness to an extent - I do not suffer from constant puffy eyes each day, but on certain days when I have, it has helped reduce it.
  • It did not have any visible effect on my dark circles - I do not suffer from extreme or chronic dark circles. This product maintained my eye area ie neither improved nor degraded my under eye discoluration.
  • Did not cause any adverse reactions - No milia (which I am very prone to), irritation, redness etc . 
Overall, it was an average product. I am not too impressed with it. There is nothing special it did for me. I have used other eye creams/serums in the past which worked far better for me than this. 


3) Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

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This is the newest addition to my family of The Ordinary products. I haven't had a chance to use it consistently yet (the wedding came in between & I did not want to try out new products) so I cannot tell you how effective this is yet. 
But I have been trying it for the past few weeks on & off. So here are my first impressions

Niacinamide (vit B3) is known to be a skin-restoring ingredient which visibly improves the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines & dullness.
The addition of Zinc in the solution makes this product quite fit for oily skins helping with congestion, blemishes & regulates sebum production. 

It is a clear liquid with thin consistency. It blends easily leaving a slightly tacky feeling just for a few mintues after which the skin looks completely matte. 
If I rub the solution in it starts turning into a white foam. So I am now carefully just patting it in. 

So far I can say that it does not help with controlling oil formation (the weather is super hot at the moment). I haven't seen any effects on pores as well. I have my doubts about this solution...I do not think that it will do much good, but it is too early to say anything yet. I will update you all about it once I have used the product more

My all time favourite product with zinc which surely helps in controlling breakouts has to be Serozinc. Full review here


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Left to Right : AHA BHA Peeling Solution ; Caffeine Solution ; Niacinamide Solution

For more information about the products you can visit The Ordinary website here

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xoxo,
Swati

P.S. We will be talking more about exfoliation super soon! So, keep a lookout!
UPDATE : Discussing all about PHYSICAL EXFOLIATION in this post! All the methods, their advantages & disadvantages & our top picks!