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The Ordinary

It turns out I'm not so good at stories, so I'm going to make a video to talk about The Ordinary products that I tried. So a quick overview, I tried to stick to the products that we need to use every day and then incorporate the ordinary products into that.

So the first thing is going to be vitamin C serum and the ordinary has several different products. When we're looking for vitamin C, we're looking for L-ascorbic acid and the vitamin C suspension was one of them that had it. They also had this L-ascorbic acid powder that you had to mix yourself. But one of the big things about vitamin C serums is that they are really hard to package. So you can see with this one just the color of the bottle, you have to make sure that light can't get through it so that it doesn't oxidize. It's this whole thing and didn't have good reviews. So I went with the vitamin C suspension because it had L-ascorbic acid in it. 

Also I got a hyaluronic acid which is going to pump the skin. This isn't really going to prevent any sun damage or wrinkles, but it can help our skin look bright and fresh. Give it that elasticity that you see in children, babies and teenagers. So I was really interested in this one because it has hyaluronic acid and B5, which is also what SkinCeuticals has in their hyaluronic acid and B5 hydrating gel. We're talking $6.80 versus $83.

Then I decided to try an eye serum. So I've talked a lot about how I am team cream for eye creams and I think that it's a lot more about the texture of the eye cream than it is about the ingredients. But this one was around 5 or $6, so I thought, Hey, I'll just give it a try. It has caffeine in it and some other things that are supposed to help. It doesn't have hyaluronic acid, but that's fine. We'll talk about it. 

Lastly, I chose an azelaic acid suspension. Azelaic acid is something that you're going to find more on the medical side, it's going to be prescription- called Finacea. So we prescribe azelaic acid 15% and this is 10%. But for the price point I forget exactly how much, I mean it was between 5 and $11. So with insurance, a lot of times Azelaic acid is $30 and then it's actually been on back order in the past six months. So sometimes it's more like $60. 

Overall, I think that the Ordinary has a place, but I truly think that if you have the money to invest in some of these products that are backed by science and proven to help the skin more, I think that's where you should put your money.

So overall, I didn't love the texture of the Ordinary products and that was my real issue. The first time I used all of them together, it felt really gritty on my skin. And I was actually when I got them in, I filmed it, I was doing a video. And then last week I was at work and went to the bathroom and realized my face looked like it was peeling. And I don't wear a lot of makeup. I just put on moisturizer and then a tinted SPF. So what I've ultimately narrowed it down to is that these suspensions don't play well with other ingredients. And honestly, they don't even go on the skin that well themselves. You just get this gritty, peely flaky look to your skin, and sometimes it doesn't feel that until you look in the mirror and you're like, Oh. I did try combining them in different orders and it was always the suspension that I had issues with. 

As far as the vitamin C goes, it is a 30% and I've said that we need vitamin C to be an L-ascorbic acid and the first three ingredients, which this has, and it also needs to be in a serum. So the issue with this is it's a suspension and the reason that it can be 30% L-ascorbic acid is that it isn't a suspension. So it's in a way you could say we're diluted or not going to absorb in the skin and the best manner as with a serum. 

So when we have serums, they're going to be 10% , or vitamin C serums, are going to be 10%, 15%, 20%. 20% is going to be the highest percentage that you're going to see sold. And part of that's because vitamin C can be very, very irritating to the skin. I'm using 20% because I have a normal to oily skin type, and I started with a 15%. It was very tingly and then I went up to the 20% still was a little tingly. Now it's not tingly at all. When I put the 30% on, it was pretty tingly. But this would be very, very strong for someone who is using vitamin C for the first time or had dry and sensitive skin, they probably would never be able to tolerate this. 

So the Ordinary has some really good research and science on the website. And I actually learned a lot from their website, but there wasn't really a warning about how to use vitamin C. So that's my only thing with this. And like I said, I really don't like the suspensions and it just goes back to saying that vitamin C is best as serum. That's how we're going to get it absorbed on our skin. If you're taking the time to put on a vitamin C, make sure that it's in a serum and this I truly think is still the best. It's going to be $85 to $127 based off the percentage you're getting, but it's going to last for about six months. 

So next we have the hyaluronic acid, the hydrating gel. So I found this one to be very sticky. It actually was fine on the skin as long as I didn't use it and mix it with a suspension. This is again, $6.80 and this is going to be $83. So overall, I liked the SkinCeuticals better, but it just goes back to, I really like the Neutrogena, the {Hydro Boost} hyaluronic acid. So hyaluronic acid is made to hydrate the skin and pump the skin and basically help with elasticity. So I think that it works best in a moisturizer form where it has dimethicone and you can just see the difference in the texture of this.

As far as the eye gel goes I can show you it's in a way, it's a little bit sticky as well and it is thicker even though it's a gel. I don't hate it, but to me when it first goes on a little bit sticky and there's a little bit of a residue. It doesn't last. I just don't think that it works as well as a cream. 

So basically, I'm going to stop using the Ordinary products because I like my other ones a lot better and I used them for three or four weeks. But I think when I went to the bathroom and my skin looked like it was flaky, I was like, I'm done. I can't do this.

So in summary, I think that this just goes to backup what I've been saying, that these ingredients need to be in certain forms or vehicles to go on our skin. And so that's really all I'm ever talking about is that vitamin C needs to be a serum. And then you need to have your SPF, you need to have your retinoid.

The Ordinary does have a retinoid emulsion. They have a 2% retinoid emulsion and they were sold out on their website and at Sephora. I couldn't find it, but I don't think I'm going to order it because I really, really think that a retinoid needs to be prescription. 

And even if it's the adapalene 0.1% over the counter, that's not the prescription or if it's the adapalene 0.3% where the prescription starts, that is something that I really don't think needs to be over the counter. If you're taking the time to put these ingredients on your skin, then I think it's worth getting one that's really going to make a difference because you're trying to make a difference. So there is a place for The Ordinary. I think that there are some times, probably when I was in PA school or undergrad, where it would have been nice to incorporate some of these into my routine. I think that, you know, the hyaluronic acid and B5, isn't bad? But you can get for $20, I think a better option (Neutrogena Hydro Boost). So it's fun to play around with, but I think that I will be donating these Ordinary products to somebody. 

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