Hello Hello! How are you? Today I bring you a comparison that I had wanted to do for quite some time. You know that since I discovered DECIEM (and, specifically, The Ordinary) I have become a true follower. Until now there is not a single product of the brand that I have tried and that I did not like (although that does not imply that I do not try them critically and as objectively as possible). You have already read reviews of serums (such as this Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5), boosters (such as Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% and EUK 134 0.1%) and eye contours (such as the Caffeine Solution 5% + ECGC).
As it’s logical, among so many difficult names, it is sometimes complicated to understand what each product is for, how they differ and which one best suits your needs. Although in each specific review I try to give you an in-depth opinion about the product so that you know it well, I think it is important that you have an overview of what the brand can offer you in order to see what is best for you.
Maybe now you won’t understand a word, but when you finish reading this post you will feel Alfred Nobel on his lab. Among the products that I am going to talk about there are:
1. AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
2. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
4. Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
5. EUK 134 0,1%
6. B Oil
7. Matrixyl 10% + HA
8. Marine Hyaluronics
9. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
10. Caffeine Solution 5% + ECGC
1. AHA 30% + BHA 2% PEELING SOLUTION.
This is one of the most iconic products of The Ordinary. It is a chemical exfoliant based on AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids, such as lactic acid or glycolic acid) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids, like salicylic acid). Exfoliation is a fundamental part of our usual skincare that helps us to remove dead cells that, with time, remain deposited. The skin removes these cells in a natural way, but if we help it two or three times a week we will notice a significant improvement (without abusing, or we will just unbalance our skin). The use of AHA and BHA helps us reduce the signs of aging, moisturize the skin and improve tone and texture. Both types of acids are very similar, but not identical. The AHA are soluble in water and provide a superficial cleansing, while the BHA are soluble in oil and act on the surface of the skin but also in the interior of the pore without irritating it.
The ideal way to use this exfoliant is in your night routine, after cleansing, with the skin already dry (not even moist). Thus we help the acids act more effectively and better separate the dead cells from the living, giving us a much more active, young and healthy. You have to let this work for ten minutes, then remove it with plenty of water. After that, you should continue normally with your night beauty routine: tonic, serum, boosters and moisturizer. Simple, right?
2. HYALURONIC ACID 2% + B5.
Do you remember this serum? I spoke about it in more detail in its review, which you can read here. This was the first serum of The Ordinary that I tried and incorporated into my beauty routines, and since I use it I am delighted with it. It provides a double hydration, both superficial and deep, thanks to the stellar performance of hyaluronic acid. As a curiosity, it is interesting to know that the natural function of hyaluronic acid in the skin is not to hydrate, so in this product they have played with different molecular weights to get it to penetrate the skin and hydrate effectively in depth. In addition, vitamin B5 contributes to a better hydration of the surface of the skin.
This serum can be used in your day and night routines, although I usually use it at night, since its texture is much more pleasant and in the mornings I sometimes find it excessively dense (but good, for tastes, colors) . To make it effective you will have to apply it after the cleanser and the tonic and before the moisturizer. This way you will get the skin hydrated effectively and you will look young and healthy.
This serum is probably one of the most prestigious products of the brand ever since it went on sale. And why buffet? Because it provides the skin with a great combination of peptides and acids to reduce the signs of aging very effectively, minimizing wrinkles and increasing firmness. In this case, among the ingredients of the product we find an important variety of peptide complexes to provide a much more effective result concentrated in a single product.
After cleansing and toning the skin, it will be necessary to apply this serum (before the boosters and the moisturizer). It can be used in day and night routines, although its texture, slightly dense, makes me see it more suitable as a night product. It is best not to combine the peptides with combinations of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and other acids applied directly. For a better result you can alternate between peptides, vitamin C and other acids in your routines, thus providing your skin with everything you need.
4. VITAMIN C SUSPENSION 23% + HA SPHERES 2%.
This booster, about which I spoke in detail in this post, was the first product I bought with vitamin C after discovering its effects to balance skin tone. As you already know, vitamin C, loaded with antioxidants, is a fantastic solution to reduce spots and redness.
This booster is different from the majority I have at home, since it’s not applied with a dropper. In this case we find a very light and soft cream. When applied on the skin leaves a sandy feeling and with a slight tingle. The brand recommends, to soften those sensations, to mix it with the serum or moisturizer. I started to apply it that way and I recognize that it is much better. It is worth mentioning that this booster should not be combined with other acids, since that may cause irritation.
5. EUK 134 0.1%.
This is one of my favorite boosters (among other things because it was one of my first products of The Ordinary and it was one of my first steps when it came to discovering boosters and slightly more advanced treatments). The EUK 134 0.1%, of which I spoke earlier in this post, is characterized by being a really strong antioxidant that helps the skin to fight free radicals that end up damaging it and that increase the visibility of the signs of aging.
I use this booster on a daily basis, in all my morning routines. As you know, boosters must be applied after the serum and before the moisturizer, as this helps to nourish our skin in conditions. When you apply it you will notice that it has a slightly oily texture, and only with a couple of drops there is more than enough quantity to spread it all over the face.
6. B OIL.
This oil is the first oil of these characteristics of The Ordinary that I have bought. It is composed of microalgae, squalane and several oils of vegetable origin (marula, argan and baobab, among others). Among its properties, we find the contribution to keep the skin barrier balanced, facing free radicals and other possible irritants that end up damaging our skin and making the signs of aging more visible.
B Oil can be used daily in our beauty routines to help protect our skin. Here I want to mention a myth that is easy to think: apply oils (like this one) on our skin will not lead to oil more, but help to keep it balanced. You may think: but if I have oily skin, more oil will only cause it to get worse. No, this type of oil helps protect our skin protected and nourished against external agents that faces daily.
7. MATRIXYL 10% + HA.
This booster, which I reviewed in this post, is a combination of peptides and hyaluronic acid that helps us reduce the most visible signs of aging. You already know that peptides help us minimize wrinkles, making it an excellent anti-aging treatment to include in our beauty routines. In addition, hyaluronic acid, as I mentioned earlier, helps moisturize the skin in depth.
You can use Matrixyl 10% + HA in your AM and PM routines, whichever you prefer. You must apply it, like the other boosters, after the serum and before the moisturizer, to nourish your skin in depth and achieve a more effective result. You must bear in mind that you should not combine this treatment with products with high concentrations of vitamin C or other products of high acidity, since these reduce their effectiveness.
8. MARINE HYALURONICS.
This product, although quite recent, has received very good reviews and has had a great reception. It is a booster formulated from a combination of algae, bacteria and amino acids of marine origin to provide deep hydration to our skin, similar to that provided by hyaluronic acid but with a lighter texture.
This booster can be incorporated into day or night routines, however you prefer it. Its light texture makes it ideal for morning routines. As with all other products of this type, with a couple of drops of product there is more than enough to spread it all over the face. You already know that you must apply it after the serum and before the moisturizer to achieve the most effective result possible.
9. NIACINAMIDE 10% + ZINC 1%.
This booster has a composition rich in niacinamide (vitamin B3) and zinc to help reduce redness, spots and imperfections of the skin while balancing the skin to reduce sebum levels (although it is not an anti-acne treatment itself). In addition, it contributes slightly to improve the brightness of the skin, ideal for those who notice a dull tone.
This booster can be incorporated into the morning and night routines, after another serum and before the moisturizer. It is not advisable to combine it with treatments with high concentrations of vitamin C, although if you want to use this type of treatments it is best to apply them at night and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% in the morning routines.
10. CAFFEINE SOLUTION 5% + ECGC.
I already talked to you in greater depth about this eye contour in this post. This formula combines the effectiveness of caffeine to reduce congestion in the area and improve blood flow with the ECGC, an antioxidant extracted from green tea leaves to reduce signs of fatigue.
This product can be used in the morning and night routines, indistinctly. To apply it is enough to take a drop of product and spread it under the eyelids, in the area of the bone, massaging and hitting the area gently with the tips of the fingers.
With this post I have tried to give you a small guide that will help you to know better the most known and effective products of The Ordinary so that you can now see which ones are best suited to your needs and which ones can give you the best results. Of course, the brand has a much wider range of products, but I think that with these you have a very good base to know it and start incorporating it into your beauty routines. Of course, as always, if you have any questions do not hesitate to leave a comment and I will reply as soon as possible.
What is your favorite product of The Ordinary? Have you found any here that you have tried or want to start using now?
If you liked this post you will be interested in reading these others: