No ‘Ordinary’ Skincare Haul

May 9, 2017

A Toronto-based beauty company is breaking the norm when it comes to skincare.

DECIEM refers to itself as the ‘Abnormal Beauty Company’ and believes that quality should not be determined by cost. They pride themselves in selling authentic, different, functional and sensibly priced skincare. Their line of products called The Ordinary each contain only one or two active ingredients, which means they require less technologies to manufacture and therefore cost less to make. This, combined with very basic packaging, is why they are able to sell skincare at such an incredibly affordable price.

For some reason consumers (myself included) have been brainwashed into thinking skincare will only work if it costs an arm and a leg. The truth is, our dollars are typically spent on luxurious packaging, or even a brand name, rather than the product itself. DECIEM is changing the way we think by proving that effective skincare can also be budget friendly. The Ordinary features an array of serums to target a variety of skincare needs, making it easy to customize a morning and night time routine.

At the moment, I am concerned about premature wrinkles and dry skin. Continue reading if you’re curious to learn about the four products I picked up to target these struggles.

Advanced Retinoid 2% – ($9.80 CAD)

Most retinoid serums are quite expensive. Do a quick search on Sephora and you’ll find some for $50, $80 and even $100. And they often contain unnecessary ingredients, including fragrance oils to make them smell nice. Which can often lead to bad reactions for anyone with sensitive skin.

This retinoid serum (along with most products from The Ordinary range) is water, alcohol, oil, soy, silicone, nut, gluten and cruelty-free. It is milky yellow in tone and looks a little like banana medicine (without the yummy scent because it is also fragrance-free).

It is the first retinoid serum I have ever purchased, and to be honest…I’m slightly intimidated! It comes with caution of UV radiation, which means sunscreen every morning is an absolute must! There are also warnings signs to not use with any other retinol product and to use just once a week at first to prevent increased dryness or peeling. My understanding, however, is that The Ordinary’s Advanced Retinoid 2% is much more gentle and less likely to cause any irritations than some others on the market.

Retinol is an active ingredient that has been scientifically proven to improve the appearance of wrinkles and hyper pigmentation. So once I get over my fear, I look forward to seeing results!

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – ($6.80 CAD)

The term ‘acid’ can sometimes sound harsh. Think glycolic acid which chemically removes dead skin cells and can sometimes cause major flake-age. But hyaluronic acid is incredibly gentle. It has the ability to attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water and therefore locks in moisture. It helps to make the skin more plumped and evenly toned. I actually noticed that my skin felt much more soft and even looked a little smoother after just a couple of uses.

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG   ($6.70 CAD)

I have never seen an eye serum for less than $10 and this one makes me very excited! It combines a high concentration of caffeine with Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. The two ingredients have been proven to reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness.

The solution looks a little like maple syrup but smells slightly (very slightly) like Coca Cola. It’s a nice thin consistency and one drop is enough for both eyes. Which means this bottle will go a very long way! It also feels a little cooling as it dries and sinks into the skin.

I quite like the simple labels and there’s something fun about using a dropper. But my one complaint is that the bottles all look quite similar. I fear accidentally using one instead of another if not paying attention (most groggy mornings).

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA – ($5.80 CAD)

I bought this for two reasons: 1) I was in need of a moisturizer, and 2) I needed to add something to my cart in order to qualify for free shipping. It’s thick, but not too thick, and does a nice job to hydrate parched skin without feeling greasy. The price also can’t be beat!

Sidenote: I placed my order on a Monday and the box was in my hands by Wednesday afternoon. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me…

Unfortunately, this is the second time I have written this post. I had a major blogger fail and accidentally deleted the contents of my draft last week. But looking on a more positive note, it has provided more time to put these products to the test. Although a week isn’t really long enough to see results or tell you my true opinions, I can confirm that I really enjoy the texture of both the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG. And believe it or not, I actually see a difference in the appearance of my skin. The moisturizer is good but nothing overly impressive (although I like that it is small and will be good for travel). As for the retinoid…well…I’ll use it eventually and I’m sure it will be a lot less scary than I am expecting.

I will  keep you posted in a month or so with more honest thoughts on each product.


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