April 3, 2017

Product Review: The Ordinary Treatments & Oils


      Up for review today are four products from a brand that I think it really changing the beauty industry. Sometimes it's hard to know whether a beauty brand is exaggerating the benefits of a product or just plain lying. I would like to think in an idea world that companies would put out an honest product and describe it as how it would work and the science behind it, but not claiming that it'll work miracles. I feel like The Ordinary line by Deciem (they call themselves the "abnormal beauty company), does exactly that which is clearly refreshing in the beauty industry that can sometimes be deceiving despite the glamorous packaging. 





The Ordinary Cold Pressed Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil
Price: $9.80

Description
This formulation uses 100% pure Rosehip Seed Oil that is both cold-pressed and organic. Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A, all of which degrade when the oil extraction process involves heat. While cold-pressed extraction is complex, it preserves all of the quality of this important oil which has been shown to reduce signs of photo-ageing and many other skin conditions. 

Ingredients
Rosa Canina Seed Oil.

Review
      Don't you love that ingredient list?? I've heard great things about how rose hip seed oil is great for acne prone skin due to it being naturally high in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and vitamin A. One con, it doesn't smell the greatest. It smells a bit like fish oil with a tinge of fruity berry. However, the smell is not that strong and it fades as you spread it onto your skin. I would say that it's in between a dry oil and a thicker heavier oil, but as long as with most facial oils you don't use too much, it'll absorb into your skin if you take the time to really press it into your skin. In terms of it addressing my acne, I don't know if it specifically addressed my hyperpigmentation, but it definitely made my skin more supple and hydrated.





 The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% and Hyaluronic Acid 2%
Price: $6.79

Description
Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 10% formulation offers mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation.

Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Arginine, Potassium Citrate, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethyl 2,2-Dimethylhydrocinnamal, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Review
      Out of all the four treatments I've used this one the least because it's a rather intense exfoliation treatment with its lactic acid level of 10%. The worst thing about this product is the smell - it smells like the stuff inside the flap of an envelope that you have to moisten with water to make it stick. Really not the greatest. The pretty pink coloring is also natural due to the Tasmanian pepperberry. I like to use this 1-2 a week and then follow up with really hydrating and skin nurturing products such as an essence or the CosRx Galactomyces Power essence. This way the products really sink into my skin and go deeper into the epidermis. By using it sparingly, I didn't experience any flakiness nor any stinging.





The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%
Price: $9.80

Description
This formulation combines two forms of next-generation retinoid actives in a combined concentration of 2% by weight: 

These two actives are:
a) Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate is a highly-advanced form of retinoid which is, in fact, a non-prescription ester of all-trans direct retinoic acid that offers a multi-fold better effect against signs of ageing than retinol, retinyl palmitate and nearly all other forms of non-prescription retinoid;
b) a sustained-delivery form of pure retinol in a protective capsule system which supports both the delivery and the effect of Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate.

Both forms of retinoid used avoid the irritation associated with retinoid (including retinol) use while delivering better visible results against signs of ageing.

Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ethyl Linoleate, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Bisabolol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinol, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Sucrose Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Behentrimonium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Review
      If you've used retinoids before or retin-A and hate the horrible peeling mess of an aftermath they give you, definitely look into the Ordinary's Advanced Retinoid 2% as its specifically formulated to avoid the gross peeling that comes with most retinoid products. I've been using it for the past 2 weeks or so every other day at night and I've experienced no peeling. The consistently is milky and opaque and it doesn't have a fragrance to it.




The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% & Hyaluronic Acid
Price: $8.90

Description
Alpha Arbutin reduces the looks of spots and hyper-pigmentation. It's used at a high 2% concentration versus a standard concentration of 1% and supported with a next-generation form of Hyaluronic Acid for enhanced delivery. Alpha Arbutin is much stronger in effect than Arbutin or Beta Arbutin.

Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Alpha-Arbutin, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lactic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Review
      I've used the Alpha Arbutin + HA treatment the most of of the four because it can be used day and night. I use 1-2 drops and gently pat the product onto the areas of my skin where I'm currently trying to fade hyperpigmentation and acne scars. After approximately 2 weeks straight of using it, I do notice a slight fade in my marks, but I know that I will have to keep at it and be consistent in order to see greater results. For less than $10, I think it's a worthy product to take a look into if like me, you also suffer from hyperpigmentation and/or acne scars. 

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