The Ordinary

Major Beauty PSA: The Ordinary from DECIEM has launched on Victoria Health


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      Today is no ordinary day. This morning, Victoria Health exclusively launched The Ordinary from DECIEM and to quote their fellow Canadian Drake, nothing was the same. This is one of the biggest skincare launches in the history of the beauty industry and excited doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel or how important this is, not only to me, but the industry as a whole.

      I have been such a huge fan of Victoria Health’s newsletters ever since I discovered the amazing site a few years ago and have grown to look forward to them every month because Gill just writes the best emails. They are like love letters to the skin and I feel like I am hearing from a dear friend, not receiving a mass circulation from a company, but that’s just a small part of what makes Victoria Health so special and you will hear more from me about them very soon.

      Reading the September newsletter was a revelation and it left me speechless. The Ordinary came as a complete surprise to everyone (me included!) and I couldn’t read Gill’s words fast enough. Despite the name, there is nothing ordinary about what this new skincare concept is doing. This is huge news. What they have effectively done is lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the skincare industry and bravely declared what I, and I’m sure many of you have always suspected, which is that skincare products should not be this expensive. The Ordinary are giving us so-called cutting edge technology (they’re not), at the prices they should be. To see ingredients like retinoid, niacinamide, Vitamin C and Matrixyl being sold at well under £10 each is a skincare revolution. While these ingredients may not be as ground-breaking as many brands make them out to be, they are highly effective and they do provide excellent results, they just don’t need to be sold at such a high price.

      As many of you will know, I struggled with my skin a few years ago and spent thousands (I am sadly not exaggerating) over a period of two years trying every single product that launched and believing every brand’s claims because I was so desperate. I was naive and vulnerable and believed anything the sales associate told me because I wanted it to be true. I wanted the product to be a miracle cure and to see overnight results, but 99.9% of the time it never happened. My skin didn’t get better until I started educating myself on ingredients, which first led me to the wonderful world of green beauty and then to the spectacular world of DECIEM thanks to Victoria Health launching the now legendary CAIS over a year ago now.

      The Ordinary is all about “clinical formulations with integrity” but it is more than that. It is with a kindness, generosity and honesty that is rarely (if ever) seen in the mass market skincare industry and I am eternally grateful for it. DECIEM are doing what should have been done years ago and telling the truth. They are giving us the best tools to achieve the best skin, without trying to rip us off and that’s what makes this launch such a special one.

      Below is a quick overview of each new product detailing what they do, who they’re for and what popular products they compare to. There is something for everyone and even more to come! Enjoy!

    • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil 30ml

      Rosehip has been a favourite oil of mine ever since I discovered the amazing Pai BioRegenerate Oil a few years ago, so this product has made me very happy. I see noticeable results and improvements when using Rosehip because it contains linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A, all which work to reduce scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, sun damage and even the skin tone. It promotes hydration and encourages skin cells to produce collagen. This is a fantastic oil if you have acne prone skin or hyperpigmentation because it will help tackle both as well as promote hydration, fight free radicals and boost the skin’s UV blocking ability. I know our little skincare community is mad for oils and we all have at least 3 or 4 or more, but check and see if any that you have contain this one high on the ingredients list and if not, definitely add this to your stash.

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    • Advanced Retinoid 2% 30ml

      As you will know from my Instagram and previous posts, retinol and retinoids are an important part of my skincare routine and I have been obsessed with the VERSO Super Facial Serum for months now. Across the board it seems that retinol products (Sunday Riley, VERSO, Paula’s Choice, Dr. Dennis Gross etc) are generally priced exceptionally high and that’s because they actually work very well, but at the same time, I don’t think the prices are fair or justified and this just proves it. This combines two forms of retinoids for a 2% (in weight) innovative and advanced formula that will deliver better results than any other product out there (to quote Gill). Just for some perspective, this only costs £8, while my beloved VERSO serum costs £95/$120. Of course, the ingredients are not the same but what I’m buying both for is the retinoid and if both are going to give me the same results, why would I spend 10x more than I need to? I’ll be using this once a week to start and I look forward to seeing how my skin reacts.

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    • Arbutin-350x687

      Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA 30ml

      Arbutin is an excellent but underused ingredient in the western skincare world (it’s very popular in Asian Beauty products), and I believe it’s only present in my Oskia Renaissance Brightlight (high on the inci list) and Sunday Riley Tidal Cream (middle of the inci list). It is amazing for hyperpigmentation because it prevents the formation of melanin by blocking tyrosinase (enzymes in melanocyte cells that cause brown spots). I’m sure it’s one of the main reasons the Oskia serum works so well and I can’t believe it’s not in more products. Considering that tyrosinase are activated any time the skin is in contact with UV rays, now is the perfect time to introduce it in to your routine to reverse any summertime damage you may have developed. Arbutin is very gentle in comparison to other skin lightening ingredients and because this product contains Alpha Arbutin (better than just Arbutin and Beta Arbutin, obviously), you will see great results. I’ll be using this in the morning to protect and repair my skin and I highly recommend it.

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      Buffet 30ml

      Simply called “Buffet” (a playful dig), this product is a peptide rich powerhouse that combines probiotics, amino acids and hyaluronic acid complexes to address all signs of skin ageing. This is the most complex product in the range, which is why it is so “expensive” compared to the others, but I think it will be great for boosting hydration and skin health, as well as help the other products work even better. I don’t have anything like this, so I’m really excited to incorporate it into my skincare routines. I’ll probably use this in the morning to begin with and then see how it goes.

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    • Niacinamide-350x500

      Niacinamide 10% + Zinc PCA 1% 30ml

      I am such a huge fan of niacinamide and it is one of my all time favourite ingredients. It’s the reason why I love the Oskia serum and why I saw such great results from it. Niacinamide is not only amazing for hyperpigmentation, but it also works really well for blemishes and congestion. It will help balance sebum, brighten skin tone and with the addition of Zinc PCA will also condition and heal the skin due to it’s antimicrobial properties. Just like the Retinoid, the price point of this has really blown my mind. The Oskia serum that I have loved for most of this year costs £85 and this is only £5. Let that sink in. Even with the addition of the Arbutin serum, the total cost is only £12. I know that the Oskia serum has a lot more going on with it and has a whole host of incredible ingredients, so there’s really no comparison, but what I love most about it is the niacinamide and the arbutin and again, if I can get the same results for cheaper, why wouldn’t I? The combined price of my VERSO and Oskia serums is over $200. That’s a car payment, groceries for a week or two, a return flight to see family or just money that can be spent on anything else. If your skin can handle niacinamide (I remember a couple of people saying they had a bad reaction to it) then I can’t recommend this enough because I have seen such great results with it.

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    • HA-+B5-350X500

      Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30ml

      Hyaluronic acid is important for boosting hydration and this one is not only pure, but also vegan. I’m pretty sure we are all familiar with what’s so great about this wonder ingredient thanks to Caroline Hirons, but this one has the addition of B5 to increase surface hydration, meaning your skin will look and feel hydrated from the inside out. It’s 1/5 of the price of the cult Hydraluron and even cheaper than the hyaluronic acid products from Hylamide. This will be a fantastic product for those with dry/dehydrated skin and then even if you have combination skin, give it a go to see if it helps keep your skin balanced.

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    • Lactic-Acid-350x1054

      Lactic Acid 10% + HA 30ml and Lactic Acid 5% + HA 30ml 

      I am so happy that there are two strengths of lactic acid serums because I absolutely love it (wait). Just kidding! Haha! As many of you will know by now, I am allergic to lactic acid and avoid it at all cost, but I know that it has worked incredibly well for a number of you and these will come as a much welcomed addition to a lot of people. Lactic acid is an excellent exfoliant because it’s gentle, hydrating and less irritating (to some) than glycolic or salicylic. For those who love and use Good Genes, the 10% could be a great cheaper alternative and for those interested in adding it to their routines, the 5% would be a great place to start. Both formulas are half the price of Bravura’s much loved Lactic Acid Peel and 20x cheaper than Good Genes. They both contain purified Tasmanian pepperberry to reduce inflammation and sensitivity, which means you should get all the benefits of the lactic acid with none of the side effects.

      Buy Now Lactic Acid 10% + HA 30ml

      Buy Now Lactic Acid 5% + HA 30ml 

    • Matrixyl-350x505

      Matrixyl 10% + HA 30ml

      Matrixyl is a wrinkle busting high-strength peptide developed by the French company Sederma that uses two versions of Matrixyl (3000 and Snythe’6) to combat static and dynamic wrinkles. I’m not at wrinkle age yet but I have heard great things about this ingredient and I know many brands charge high prices for products that contain it. Prices range from around $30 (Derma e) all the way up to $280 for a 3 Lab WW Eye Cream. This would be excellent for older consumers who need something that will be highly effective and may help boost the results of other anti-ageing ingredients. If anyone gets this, please let me know what you think.

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    • Vitamin-C-350X501

      Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% 30ml

      I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Vitamin C. When Hylamide first launched their C25 Booster my skin loved it, but after a few months it started to cause breakouts and I couldn’t use it anymore. I do want to eventually use it again because it’s such a powerful antioxidant and is highly anti-ageing and skin brightening, and when I do, this is the product I will get. Vitamin C products are shockingly expensive (due to the need to create a stable formula) and range from $48 (Ole Henriksen) to $80 (Drunk Elephant) to $163 (Skinceuticals) and all the way up to a whopping $281 (SkinMedica). For a mere £5, this product is a great way to test the waters and see how your skin reacts, without the anxiety of spending a lot of money that may end up going to waste.

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      Of all the current ten new products that have launched I am getting five – the Rosehip Seed Oil, Retinoid, Alpha Arbutin, Niacinamide and Buffet. The first four are ingredients I already know and love and the last one is a product that I’m excited to see what it will do for my skin. If you haven’t signed up for Victoria Health’s newsletter or follow them on Instagram, you really should. I have discovered so many amazing products and brands from them and when it comes to DECIEM, no one writes about them like Gill. She is the ultimate NIOD fan and together with Brandon form the ultimate skincare fairy godparents and I can’t thank them enough for everything they are doing to change the industry.

      Arly

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  • sarah harris

    Thank you for such a quick response. I’ll have a look into that one.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Sarah.

  • Anna

    Hi Shabir, my sisters are using your products and love them. Please can you help me?
    I’m 39 with congested, dehydrated, spotty skin. My chin and jaw and the worst areas prone to break out but my whole face is congested with large pores.
    I’d really appreciate any advice and will order whatever you recommend.
    Thank you so much.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Anna, I am so glad to hear that your sisters are loving The Ordinary products. Here is a regimen for your consideration. AM: Hyaluronic acid + B5; Niacinamide + Zinc; Natural Moisturising Factors. PM: Salicylic acid; Advanced Retinoid; Argan Oil. Hyaluronic acid works to hydrate the dermal layer targeting dehydration since this can lead to inflammation and excess oil production. Niacinamide helps to normalise oil production, improves pore appearance and targets blemishes. Natural Moisturizing Factors helps to provide surface hydration without clogging pores. Salicylic acid helps deeply decongest and clean pores. Advanced Retinoid helps cell turnover to reveal softer smoother skin. Additionally retinoids will help to prevent breakouts and with regular usage may improve pore size. Use Advanced Retinoid once or twice a week gradually increasing to daily usage. Argan Oil will help to replenish natural lipids in skin and may improve sebum quality to prevent it from clogging pores. Best wishes Shabir

  • Anna

    Thank you so much, I’ve just ordered it all and look forward to using the products.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Anna, thank you for your order. Please keep us informed if you can. Best wishes Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Alexandra, Salicylic acid is one of the most important treatment products for acne, blackheads and whiteheads. As such it tends to break down sebum and deep clean pores and when used at the wrong concentration it may dry skin out contrary to what you are experiencing. I believe that there must be some underlying inflammation that is causing excess oil production and to tackle this I would like you to incorporate Niacinamide + Zinc by The Ordinary. Niacinamide + Zinc helps to normalise oil production whilst zinc helps to heal skin and calm any inflammation. You can definitely incorporate both Vitamin C Suspension and Advanced Retinoid in the evening, in that order. Vitamin C is known for its collagen promoting properties and for its firming properties whilst Advanced Retinoid will help cell turnover to reveal softer, smoother skin. Best wishes Shabir

  • Alexandra

    Thank you so much!! Just placed orders online for them earlier. So can salicylic acid and niacinamide be taken together or seperately? And can I use them both together with the retinoid and vitamin suspension? Thank you!????????

  • Pipa

    Hi Shabir, I wandered if I could ask one more thing – where would glycolic acid toner / hyloranic acid sit in this regime? If at all needed/possible- Would it work or would it be too much? Thanks so much, Pipa x

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Alexandra, you can use Salicylic acid alongside Niacinamide + Zinc but use them separately. Both these can be used alongside Retinoid and Vitamin C Suspension. Best wishes Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Pipa, the Glycolic Toning Solution would be used after cleansing in the PM regimen and before Salicylic acid. With reference to Hyaluronic acid + B5, use this in the AM regimen after Niacinamide. Best wishes Shabir

  • Pipa

    Thanks so much Shabir, I really appreciate it x

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Karen, I am sure that the use of some of The Ordinary products will help tackle your concerns and would recommend the following regimen for your consideration. AM: Hyaluronic acid + B5; Natural Moisturising Factors+. PM: Lactic acid 5%; Azelaic acid; Squalane. Hyaluronic acid will help hydrate the dermal layer since dehydration is one of the causal factors of dry skin. Natural Moisturising Factors helps hydrate skin’s surface without clogging pores. Lactic acid is one of the gentlest exfoliators on the market is soothing and ideal for sensitive skin and this should help remove any dead skin cells. Azelaic acid is a brilliant multi-tasking serum which counters inflammation to improve appearance of rosacea prone skin and additionally brightens skin. Squalane is a superb light emollient and will help tackle dryness. Best wishes Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jacqui, here is a regimen that I would recommend from the products purchased. AM: Hyaluronic acid; Alpha arbutin, Use the C-Firma after this and follow with Natural Moisturising Factors. PM: Alpha arbutin, Azelaic acid, Advanced Retinoid and then follow with your night product. Use Advanced Retinoid twice a week to start with gradually increasing to daily usage and do not forget to wear a sunscreen during the day.

  • Kemba Mitchell

    Hello, I have slightly confusing skin and I am in the market for some great new products. I have combination skin that is also fairly sensitive. The main issues I struggle with are pimples (often starting as whiteheads and blackheads), sebaceous filaments in my T-Zone and dry patches (mainly in winter). I also have some slight acne scarring. I’m 19, so not showing signs of ageing yet, but I would like to look after my skin as much as possible for the future. What would you recommend as a routine?
    Thanks

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Kemba, here is a regimen for your consideration in the order of usage. AM: Salicylic acid; Hyaluronic acid; Niacinamide + Zinc; Natural Moisturizing Factors +. PM: Salicylic acid; Hyaluronic acid; Azelaic acid; Rosehip Oil. Salicylic acid helps to exfoliate topically and to deep clean pores which makes it very useful for treating and preventing acne. Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate dermal layer since dehydration can lead to inflammation which may cause excess sebum production. Niacinamide + Zinc helps normalise oil production, improves pore appearance and calms & heals inflamed skin. Natural Moisturizing Factors + helps provide surface hydration without clogging pores. Azelaic acid is an excellent multi-tasking serum which gently resurfaces skin, brightens skin and has pore cleaning properties. Rosehip seed oil is known to improve scar appearance with regular use. Arly from Detail Oriented Beauty has written an extensive review on each of The Ordinary products which you can read in the link here – https://www.victoriahealth.com/editorial/the-ordinary-the-definitive-review-1

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Ali, I am glad you have enjoyed reading this editorial and here is a regimen for your consideration with many of these products being multi-taskers .
    AM: Salicylic acid; Buffet; Niacinamide + Zinc; Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution.
    PM: After cleansing use Glycolic Toner; Alpha arbutin; Azelaic acid; Advanced Retinoid.
    Salicylic acid helps surface exfoliation and deep cleans pores making it very useful for both treating and preventing blackheads and spots.
    Buffet contains peptides to prevent & soften fine lines; also helps hydrate skin since dehydration can lead to excess sebum production.
    Niacinamide + Zinc – an excellent multi-tasker – helps normalise oil production, improves pore appearance, tackles hyperpigmentation and improves skin barrier function.
    Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate – a vitamin C derivative which helps restore skin hydration in turn making skin visibly softer and smoother. Also tackles acne damage.
    Glycolic Toning Solution helps surface exfoliation and gently refines skin’s surface to help achieve smoother skin.
    Alpha arbutin is a natural skin lightening agent which helps to tackle any pigmentation problems.
    Azelaic acid calms inflammation, refines skin and helps tackle bumpy skin which explains its frequent use in rosacea-prone skin.
    Advanced Retinoid helps cell turnover to achieve softer smoother skin. With regular use it may also help pore size and prevent acne and spots. Use this once or twice a week to start with gradually increasing to daily usage and do not forget to wear a sunscreen during the day when using retinoid.
    Best wishes Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Taylah, here is a new regimen for your consideration.
    AM: Buffet; Alpha arbutin; Niacinamide + Zinc; Natural Moisturizing Factors.
    PM: Lactic acid; Hyaluronic acid; Alpha arbutin; Rosehip seed oil.
    You can read more about the individual products in the link here – https://www.victoriahealth.com/editorial/the-ordinary-the-definitive-review-1

  • Ali

    I honestly can’t Thankyou enough for taking the time to reply.
    I will be getting all these and my skin thanks you in advance!
    I’m excited now :D

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome and please keep us posted on the results if you can.

  • Jacqui

    Thank you so much for your reply. I have noticed that the alpha arbutin also has hyaluronic acid in it, so I might just leave out the hyaluronic for a while until my skin builds up strength, does this make sense?

  • Ali

    Will definitely report back – I heard the shipping wait is quite long at the moment for online orders (Im actually still waiting for their foundations I ordered a month ago) but will reply once received and give updates :)

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Jacqui, yes it does make sense and perhaps follow this route and gauge after a few weeks usage if extra hydration is required. Best wishes Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Ali, Foundations are most definitely going to take some time but hopefully not too much longer. The Ordinary skincare products – there are some items on preorder however we should be getting most lines within the next three days so that should not be a problem with the exception of one or two lines.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Michelle, here is a regimen for your consideration in the order of usage and using the products you have purchased.
    AM: Salicylic acid; Buffet; Niacinamide +Zinc; Caffeine Solution (eyes).
    PM: Lactic acid; Buffet; Caffeine Solution (eyes), Advanced Retinoid.
    You can after a month’s usage of Advanced Retinoid change over to Retinol 1% but remember that in both cases you are recommended to use a sunscreen during the day. For a more detailed review of each product, please click on the link here – https://www.victoriahealth.com/editorial/the-ordinary-the-definitive-review-1

  • Kemba Mitchell

    Thank you so much!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi, we do know that some of the anti-acne medications do tend to dry skin. Overuse of AHA’s and BHA’s may cause inflammation and so I am going to recommend a simple regimen for you to follow which I am sure will help to hydrate and calm skin down. AM: Buffet; Hyaluronic acid + B5; Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate. PM: Buffet; Azelaic acid; Rosehip seed oil. Buffet contains peptides known to soften and prevent fine lines; it is also a great antioxidant serum. Hyaluronic acid helps hydrate dermal layer since dehydration is linked to inflammation. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate helps restore skin hydration in turn making skin visibly softer and smoother whilst gently brightening the complexion. Azelaic acid helps calm down inflamed skin and gently resurfaces skin which is why it often recommended for rosacea-prone skin. Rosehip seed oil helps restore lipids in skin and is known to improve scar appearance.

  • TaylahKate

    Thank you so much on helping me with my routine.

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome and please keep us posted if you can.

  • Aisling

    Wow, most informative article I’ve read on The Ordinary so far, thank you! I wonder if you’d mind suggesting a regimen for my skin type? I’m 27 and my skin can’t make up its mind. I think I have combination/oily skin, as my main concern is oiliness on my T-zone, I have quite large pores, and while I don’t get break outs all over, I tend to get regular spots around my jawline and chin, as well as that, my skin is also quite dehydrated and can be sensitive at times! I also don’t have the smoothest skin, there are a couple of bumps where it looked like a spot had started to form, but never came to a head and it’s still there months later :(

    Also on a side note, I do tend to get breakouts of smaller spots on my chest and back, I wonder if these products would be suitable for use there, or is it a waste of time?

    Thank you!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Aisling! Thank you so much! I’m so happy you found the guide so informative. :) Have you checked out the regimens guide? There are recommended products for every skin type as well as how to incorporate them into a full routine. Definite standouts for you would be The Toning Solution, N+Z and HA+B5 because if your skin is oily it’s important to hydrate it to create balance and keep your pores clear to prevent blemishes. You can absolutely use any of the products on your body and I don’t think it’s a waste at all!

    Arly

  • paula

    Hello, I feel a bit confused as to what products to buy and how/when to use them! I’m 49 years old, and my skin is normal, on the dry side. it is not particularly sensitive or easily irritated. What products would you recommend to start with for anti- ageing-hydration regime? I have some hyperpigmentation areas but nothing too serious. Can you help me to find some products that I can use on a daily basis plus weekly treatments if needed? I am a bit overwhelmed by too much choice!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Paula, I completely understand how daunting it may be however I have set out a simple regimen which I am sure will be of benefit.

    AM: Buffet; Hyaluronic acid + B5; Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
    PM: After cleansing use Glycolic Toning Solution; Buffet; Advanced Retinoid; Rosehip seed oil

    Buffet contains peptides known to soften and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
    Hyaluronic acid + B5 hydrates skin since dehydration is one of the causal factors for ageing skin due to inflammation.
    Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate helps restore skin hydration in turn making skin visibly softer and smoother.
    Glycolic Acid Toning Solution helps gently exfoliate and resurface skin.
    Advanced Retinoid helps cell turnover to reveal fresh healthy skin – a must in any anti-ageing regimen.
    Rosehip seed oil helps replenish lipids in skin to restore elasticity.

  • paula

    thanks so much! this is exactly the advice I needed!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome and please keep us posted if you can.

  • Lena Balanescu

    Hi Victoria,i have oily combination skin with persistent acne . I’m hoping you can help me with a solid AM/PM regimine with the products I have :

    Hyaluronic acid 2%+B5
    Niacinamide 10%+Zinc 1%
    Lactic acid 10%+HA 2%
    Advanced retinoid 2%
    Azelaic acid suspension 10%
    AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling solution
    Natural moisturizing factors+HA

    Thank you!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Yaz, so glad you are enjoying using The Ordinary products. I would recommend using Salicylic acid in the PM regimen before the application of anything else because this works to deep clean pores and also has some surface exfoliation properties.

    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Lena, I have outlined a regimen using the products purchased for your consideration and I am positive you will reap the benefits.

    AM: Hyaluronic acid + B5; Niacinamide + Zinc; Natural Moisturising Factors+
    PM: Lactic acid 10%; Hyaluronic acid + B5; Azelaic acid; Advanced Retinoid

    Use AHA/BHA Peeling Solution once a week in the PM regimen and on that day do not use lactic acid nor azelaic acid.

    Shabir

  • Lena Balanescu

    Thank you very much !

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    You are welcome Lena and please keep us posted if you can. Shabir

  • http://mrshollycrocker.com/ Holly

    Hello! I am hoping you can help me! I’m a big fan of The Ordinary and I use a variety of different products of yours to keep my (thankfully!) Pretty normal skin in tip-top condition.
    However, my wife has a skin concern below her eyes/across her upper cheek, that flares up… it’s like red unevenness/lumps, that is sore, but not itchy (&not dry). The things that help it are going on a sunbed or using a steroid cream… it’s never been truly diagnosed & doesn’t have much pattern to it occurring, but she’s not really big on skincare because she’s concerned different products may flare her up. I *think* it might be seborrheic dermatitis… brought on by stress v occasionally – but not entirely sure. However I feel there’s probably products that would help her from your range but need help choosing?
    What would be effective but not risk flaring?? I think her skin type is oily *but* dehydrated too… as she’s desperate to moisturise out shower but defo not dry/flaky.
    Any suggestions would really help. She doesn’t wear make up so I know it isn’t cosmetics flaring, & only recently started cleansing with an oil balm as I thought that would be gentle enough but help give a proper cleanse!
    Any advice appreciated!
    Holly

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Holly,

    I’m sorry to hear that your wife has been having these issues with her skin. Unfortunately, I am not a doctor and it sounds like something more serious than the “normal” skin concerns and I think it might be best if she saw a dermatologist. The only thing I would tentatively recommend is the Natural Moisturizing Factors, which is a moisturizer that works to repair the skin’s barrier function and could help. Other than that it wouldn’t be helpful for me to recommend products without seeing the skin or you even knowing what the issue is, so definitely look in to seeking professional advice before trying too many new products. Good luck!

    Arly

  • michelle mabutas

    Hi Victoria!

    I want to build my regimen using The Ordinary. I am 23 years old and I have really oily skin with persistent acne (mostly on my left cheek and chin area). I feel like my face is also a little sensitive since it easily gets red.What works for me now is Paula’s Choice 2% BHA perfecting liquid but It’s expensive so I won’t buy it again once it runs out. Plus I still get hormonal breakouts with it.

    I only have the Azelaic Acid Suspension right now. What regimen would you recommend?

    Thanks!

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Michelle! Please check out the recommended regimens article for a guide the the products that would work for your skin type. Good luck!

    Arly

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Justyna! Just wanted to add my thoughts here because I have had this happen to me before too. Firstly, I would definitely say you are layering too many products. Buffet contains hyaluronic acid, so you don’t need necessarily to use the HA+B5 too. The order isn’t quite right either so try this: Buffet, Advanced Retinoid 2%, Azelaic Acid, Squalane. Hope that helps!

    Arly