Holy Grail products from The Ordinary
First heard of The Ordinary couple of years back but at first, I thought this was just another brand that went viral because of marketing strategy. Over the years, we see so many foreign skincare products gone viral but when tried and tested, not all are as good as advertised.
But, why did I decided to purchase after all the years?
Because, i’m a dunderhead.
I’ve never actually understand what my skin type was or whether the products used are compatible with my skin type. Hence, I got scared on trying stuffs with weird names (again, I’m a dunderhead).
But, since I’ve just ended my degree and Internship, I started to do a lot of reading on understanding my skin type, which area of my face that I’ll like to target/treat and what are the ways to treat it/them.
Let me clarify.
Skin Type: Dehydrated
Skin Areas targeted: Acne, PIH (Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation), Whiteheads, Large Pores
But why TO?
I like how this brand focuses on the Ingredients. So, if you have multiple parts targeted, layer it right (DON’T MIX IT).
My purchase : Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% & Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
NIACINAMIDE 10% + Zinc 1%
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) helps in reducing the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. However, Niacinamide should not be applied together with Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid and/or Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid) as it may reduce the effectiveness of Vitamin C. So, what I did, I used Niacinamide in my morning routine and Vitamin C in my night routine.
Zinc is a mineral that works as an antioxidant as Zinc is a key part of our skin’s dietary defence squad. It also helps in boosting immune function which may help control the inflammatory response. And as Zinc regulates cell production and turnover, it can also help reduce the amount of natural oil our skin produces.
Although both ingredients helps reduce the looks of blemishes and balance visible sebum activity, this is not a treatment for acne. I used Vitamin A to treat my acne which I’ll share in another post too (2 posts promised in 1 post, damn).
**Found this while doing some reading – DECIEM doesn’t recommend ongoing use of BHA such as Salicylic Acid for persistent blemishes. For temporary improvement in appearance of blemishes, Salicylic Acid would help. This formulation can be used alongside acne treatments if desired for added visible skin benefits.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Hyaluronic Acid is really the top selling product and I’m no longer doubting on this ingredient as I LOVE THIS INGREDIENT! Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water and the molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. It’s found in the skin naturally but its natural function with the skin is not for hydration. Most products claimed to use HA for its hydration benefits, but HA is too large of a molecule to penetrate the skin and instead just sits on the top layer, in result only making the top surface temporarily hydrated, while also making you feel like you need more HA after product is rinsed.
Vitamin B5 helps keep the skin soft, smooth and healthy. It also packed with anti-inflammatory effect that can help stimulate the skin’s healing processes. Vitamin B5 also helps in keeping the skin quenched by absorbing moisture from the air! Also known as Pantothenic acid, a small portion of Vitamin B5 are found in most foods which you’d have to eat a lot to really really see any benefit.
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