Hello! It’s been a while since I shared a new review of The Ordinary, and considering it is one of your favorite brands (and, personally, I think its value for money is excellent) I want to tell you about my experience using their Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA moisturizer so you can see if it is what your skin needs.
BRAND: THE ORDINARY
PRODUCT: NATURAL MOISTURIZING FACTORS + HA
SKIN TYPE: ALL
RECOMMENDED FOR: UNISEX
As I said, The Ordinary is one of the most successful brands today due to the value for money of their products. This DECIEM brand is not only economical, but it allows us to access a wide variety of products to treat our different skincare needs without having to splurge.
In this case, I am going to talk about a very interesting moisturizer that they launched a few years ago and that, from that moment, I found interesting. As I explain in this other article, moisturizers can incorporate humectant, emollient, and occlusive ingredients. Humectants are ingredients that capture water and draw it into the skin. Emollients fill in the gaps between our cells when there is a lack of oil. Occlusives, for their part, are ingredients that prevent evaporation of water from the skin. As you can see, the basic idea is simple: to give our skin the amount of water it needs to remain healthy and protected.
However, this moisturizer from The Ordinary is a bit particular, as it not only incorporates various humectant ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid) and emollients (such as cetyl alcohol), besides ceramides, but also incorporates a variety of amino acids (you may remember these ingredients of my guide on peptides) that favor the production of molecules that promote hydration.
The concept itself seems interesting, since everything that stimulates our skin to maintain its balance and stay healthy is positive, right? However, you already know that there is more to skincare than the composition of products, so you’ll certainly want to know how my experience using this moisturizer has been.
The first thing I want to talk about is its texture. When we squeeze the cream out the tube, we can see that it is a very dense and thick product, much more than we are used to seeing. The product is white in color and does not have a prominent scent, in part because it does not incorporate perfumes or essential oils among its ingredients. By slightly heating the cream between our hands, we can already appreciate how its texture softens, ceasing to be such an extremely dense product and acquiring a lighter texture, closer to that of a lotion. In fact, don’t be fooled by its texture, you don’t need much product to get it properly spread. Once we apply it to our face, the sensation is practically watery and it is absorbed very easily, which makes it a comfortable and pleasant product to apply.
And since the texture is a positive point, is this product worth it? What results does it provide? As I said, the concept of a moisturizer focused on providing the skin with what are known as natural moisturizing factors seemed interesting to me. However, my feeling when using it is that maybe it does not give me all the hydration that my skin needs (and that’s considering I have combination skin, so if your skin is dry it is better that you look for a different moisturizer, like one of these from Paula’s Choice). Generally speaking, I don’t usually need highly nourishing creams (unlike those of you who have dry skin), but in this case, when using it, my skin asks for more hydration, so I think this moisturizer is not for me. If you have oily skin or are looking for very light hydration, this moisturizer is the one for you.
As you will understand, I do not think I will buy this moisturizer again for now. This product has been good for me in summer, but I think that in winter it will be insufficient for me, so for now it will be a while until I use it again.
HOW TO USE:
You already know that the moisturizer should be the last part of your night routine (if you don’t use an oil) and the penultimate of your morning routines (right before sunscreen). After cleansing, the toner and the serum you want to use, take a small amount of the product, warm it slightly between your hands and gently spread it over the face, carefully massaging it to ensure that the product is properly absorbed.
This graphic aims to help you understand in which part of your skincare routine you should use each product.
You don’t need to do all the steps from this routine (but you should always cleanse, moisturize and use sunscreen).
Remember it’s key to do a patch test every time you consider adding new products to your skincare routine.
Have you tried this moisturizer? What is your favorite product of the brand? Let me know in the comment section!
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