Skincare Review: The Ordinary

As I enter my ‘mid-twenties’, I’m becoming more and more aware that I am actually (shock, horror!) ageing in more than one way. For example, my metabolism is definitely not the same as it used to be in high school when I did athletics and was on the school Tennis team, I mean honestly I stayed stick thin no matter how much toast and ice-cream I ate. But my main concern comes down to my skin. While I was INCREDIBLY lucky to not have acne or bad skin in my teenage years (pls don’t hate me) I now have quite dry skin that is prone to little lumps and blockages in the pores, and it often looks blotchy without make up. So I’ve started looking into ways to boost my skincare routine, and learn more about how to care for my skin, which is, if you didn’t know, the body’s largest organ.

I’ve lucked out and discovered an amazing brand called ‘The Ordinary’ – I first saw their products splashed on Instagram. I tried to find their Instagram but turns out they don’t have one. Since using these products, I am a total convert. I guess when the products speak for themselves why bother with social media, right? I’ve discovered a fairly easy routine morning and night that works for me, and I can also sleep easy knowing these products are mostly under $20, and totally cruelty-free.

The Ordinary

When I wake in the morning I usually shower, unless I’m running late. I use a gentle non-drying cleanser every 2-3 days, and have been following the shower with the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum on my clean skin. I find that the Hyaluronic Acid (HA) serum is quite thick and sticky so I usually don’t end up wearing any heavy make up, just a light layer over the top. If I don’t wait for it to dry it sort of ‘peels’ when I apply my foundation, but otherwise it’s an amazing product. HA has been found to attract up to 1000 times its own weight in water, hence being a great ingredient for dry skin. I’ve definitely found it to help hydrate my skin especially throughout winter.

I top the serum with the Moisturising Factors + HA cream, as a surface moisturiser. It contains 11 amino acids, phospholipids, alpha/beta/gamma fatty acids, triglycerides, sterols and sterol esters, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid to name a few ingredients – I googled some of these and though I cant claim to understand it all it seems this recipe is legit! It’s so smooth, totally non-oily, with a tiny pea size being enough for my entire face. It’s one of the few moisturisers I’ve used that doesn’t feel heavy or irritating, and doesn’t have a smell. For under $10, you can’ go wrong.

My night routine has been a little more complicated, as I alternate between different products. Two or three times a week, I use Rosehip Oil (not pictured) after cleansing. I find it’s quite potent and I can’t use it too much, but it is extremely hydrating and feels so great when it sinks into my skin. I then alternate between the Hyaluronic Acid + B5 serum and the “Buffet” serum, and occasionally I apply both (Buffet serum with HA serum over the top!). The Buffet is an anti-ageing product which has peptides in it as well as Hyaluronic Acid. It tackles hydration but also meant to target fine lines, wrinkles and textural irregularities. While I don’t really have wrinkles yet, I find this product really helps to smooth out my skin and makes it feel quite ‘glowy’. It sits a bit sticky on the skin but the morning after I’ve used this, I wake up feeling hydrated, at least by my dry skin’s standards. My fiancé Ken has also been using the Buffet on my recommendation, once or twice a day. This is the most expensive product, coming in at around $25. But its’s still so cheap compared to a lot of other comparable products I’ve seen.

Overall I’m really pleased with the results of using these products since August, and will definitely be re-purchasing these as well as trying some new products. I have a chemical exfoliant, the Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%, on its way to me right now and I have also looked into buying the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer as I’ve heard great things about it giving a smooth, dewy finish underneath make up!

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Links to all products I’ve mentioned are below. Has anyone else had success with this brand of skincare? Let me know what your experiences are!

Stacy x

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Zero Waste Beauty Australia

As a ‘blogger’, (clearly not a very famous one, but I do some social media influence), I’ve been really taking a step back to look at my consumption habits and whether they align with my values. I am often preaching to my family and fiancé about recycling, and I try to bring my own shopping bags, often striving to reduce waste. Recently, I’ve discovered the ‘zero waste’ movement which aims to live without rubbish and excess trash. This is something I e seriously looked into, as well the concept of living cruelty free.

Zero Waste Beauty Australia is a small beauty business that’s ticking allll the boxes. Thalia is a young 20-something year old who started making all of her own beauty products after being unwell and seeking a way to help her body recover, and hence ZWBA was born! She hand makes and packs all of her orders, which are in recyclable glass jars packed in cardboard, with biodegradable tape! Super impressive imo.

I tried out their chocolate face scrub – check out the pics below.

Not only did the face scrub smell AMAZING, it felt really nice on my skin too. It’s was quite dry so I had some bits of the scrub fall off my face, but it was gentle and soothing on the skin, and not rough or grainy like a lot of other scrubs I’ve tried. I absolutely love Zero Beauty Waste Australia and its concept, so I’m definitely looking into trying some other products, definitely the hand made toothpaste is on my hit list.

I honestly believe in reducing the amount of waste we as humans produce, as the figures are very scary. I want to look after the planet, and it may seem like a small effort but it all adds up.

If you want to check out ZWBA you can visit them at their website or on Instagram @zerowastebeautyaustralia 💘🙌🏼

Stacy x