If you missed my introduction to The Ordinary, I strongly encourage you to check it out. In that post, besides presenting this unique skincare brand, I review Buffet, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, and explain in simple terms (hopefully!) what these cryptic products are for.
Today I want to do the same with Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%, Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, Advanced Retinoid 2% (now called Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion) and Salicylic Acid 2% Solution.
The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% & Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
Use to: fight premature skin aging and hyperpigmentation
Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and ascorbyl glucoside are both forms of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is an ingredient I think everyone should incorporate into their skincare regimen as it offers a wide array of benefits: it’s a potent antioxidant, which means it fights those pesky free radicals that cause skin aging; it’s been shown to boost collagen production (collagen is a protein that gives the skin strength and elasticity and that, sadly, declines with age); and last, but not least, it fights hyperpigmentation by controlling melanin production.
The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% is a light cream that you can apply after water-based serums, while Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% is a serum that you can mix with other serums (or use on its own, obviously). Personally, I prefer the versatility of the latter, but if you just want a light vitamin C moisturizer for the daytime you’ll probably prefer the former.
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Use to: fight blemishes and the marks and texture they leave behind
Since it’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-keratinizing (meaning it prevents a build-up of dead skin cells, which could clog pores and cause breakouts), azelaic acid is a nice little ingredient to turn to if you suffer from mild acne. Plus, it seems to also help fade the dark marks blemishes leave behind, which is just fabtastic, if you ask me.
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
Use to: prevent blemishes
Salicylic acid is great at exfoliating deep inside the pores and keeping them unclogged. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution also contains witch hazel, which has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that contribute to fight blemishes.
I use this serum every other day in the morning after cleansing and normally follow it with Buffet + Niacinamide or Buffet + Ascorbyl Glucoside.
The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% (Now Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion)
Use to: prevent premature ageing, improve skin texture, fight blemishes, fade hyperpigmentation
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion combines two forms of next-generation retinoid, which, according to Deciem, “avoid the irritation associated with retinoid (including retinol) use while delivering better visible results against signs of aging”.
I use it every other evening after cleansing. Most of the time, I’ll wait about an hour for it to work its magic on its own and then apply Sunday Riley‘s Juno face oil to nourish the skin.
Like I’ve said quite a few times before, I think retinol (and other retinoids) is the single ingredient that has had the most visible results on my skin and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
So… I’ll repeat what I said in my previous post: with its exceptionally high level of actives and incredibly low price tag, to me The Ordinary is like a dream come true.
Expect more reviews in the upcoming months…