Ordinary? Nah… I Don’t Think So
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Hi Hipsters! It’s Cassandra, Collin’s Favorite Sidekick! 😉
Have you ever tried a product that was SO good, you just had to tell everyone about it?*
I follow a 10-step skin care routine religiously that includes some pretty interesting ingredients. I know it sounds extreme, but skin care is my favorite part of the day. Some watch shows about housewives or scroll through social media to unwind. I prefer to stand in my bathroom in a hastily-fashioned bath towel dress layering on the goods.
So when I found out about The Ordinary last year, I was immediately intrigued. If you’re into skincare in even the slightest way, you’ve probably already heard about this brand. And if you haven’t, here’s all you need to know… it’s cheap and most importantly – it works.
We’re talking super-potent serums starting at around $5. And while they offer other products like sunscreen, primers and foundation, my heart belongs to their skincare line.
Cass + The Ordinary = True ♥ 4-Ever.
So, how do they do it?
No marketing, fancy packaging, or filler ingredients. Plus, all products are produced, lab-tested, packaged, and distributed from the same facility, which also helps to keep costs down. So what you get are highly-effective formulas at how-is-this-company-still-in-business prices. It’s also worth noting that this brand is cruelty-free and vegan.
Each product contains only the bare minimum of ingredients, which exponentially decreases the chance of any adverse reactions. Two-to-four drops treats your entire face, so you can easily get a few months of use from each product.
You can create an entire skincare routine around their products, or just incorporate one or two into your existing routine to amp up the moisturizers, serums, or makeup products you already own.
The burn means it’s working. Well, actually…
…I’ve tried multiple versions of Vitamin C and Retinols/Retinoids from this brand, and I experienced no irritation. None. Zilch. Nada. If you’ve ever felt the itching, burning and peeling of retinol, you know this is HUGE. In fact, I’ve yet to experience any kind of irritation from any of The Ordinary’s line of products, and I’ve tried a lot of them.
Turns out, you don’t need a degree in Chemistry.
The only downside to this brand is how overwhelming it can be figuring out what to buy and how to use it, since everything sounds so… science-y (lookin’ at you, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F). But don’t let this deter you. The stuff is magic.
At the end of the day, I’m just a girl (probably wearing a sheet mask and eating cake in bed) with a deep love of all things skincare-related who, as of yesterday, is another year closer to the big 4-0. And that’s okay, because I’m pretty darned happy with the skin I’m in.
Ready to check it out for yourself?
*Disclaimer: I’m not a Dermatologist, nor am I an expert in skincare. Please talk to your Dermatologist and get their advice on which of these products (if any) might be right for you.