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You may have read my evening skincare routine and my morning skincare routine before this post. These are both amazing skincare routines that have worked for me, but I couldn’t help myself. One night in bed, my iPad lured me onto skincare sites and I bought a whole new skincare routine! It has worked a treat! Most of these products are from the brand, The Ordinary and even though the total was costly, it was worth it.
Before we get into this post, I’d like to say that my skin is oily so not all products may work for you. Also most of these products are from the Ordinary, not all.
What is The Ordinary?
The Ordinary is a skincare brand that primary makes skincare serums/treatments containing acids at different concentrations.
All the products are cruelty free and most are also fragrance free which, I recently learnt, is better for your skin. They take pride in revealing all ingredients clearly and at an affordable price so anyone can achieve the skin they long for!
Morning skincare routine
I like to keep my morning skincare nice and simple. That is why this routine only consists of 4 products.
Ironically, we’re starting off with a product not from the Ordinary. It is, however, from a very similar brand called The Inkey List.
The cleanser is the Salicylic acid cleanser*. You may have heard that this product is a holy grail ingredient for acne and I can vouch to it! This cleanser is great for oily skin and acne.
I chose this cleanser over the Squalene one from the Ordinary is that the Squalene cleanser is better suited for drier skin. As you latter it up, it becomes oilier in texture and since I have oily skin, that was not appealing to me at all.
If my skin is looking particularly bad, I’ll use the salicylic acid serum by the Ordinary. I’ve incorporated this into my skincare routine for over a year now and it’s a holy grail product. Now I have the salicylic acid cleanser however, I only use this when my skin is bad. This is because it dries your skin a lot and can make your acne look worse. Exactly what we don’t want!
Currently, the Ordinary’s salicylic acid serum is being updated. If you’re wanting to incorporate salicylic acid into your skincare routine promptly, I’d recommend the Revolution version*. It’s slightly more expensive but it does work just as well and is easy to get a hold of right now.
Hyram (skincare by hyram) has drilled into me now that you can’t skip sunscreen out of your skincare routine! Even if you aren’t leaving your house, you still need sunscreen. The light from your phone can cause damage to your face and how many days do you go without using your phone? Exactly. SPF is a must.
I use the Ordinary SPF 30. Thankfully, I don’t burn easily and therefore wanted the SPF 15. When I was in my deep, dark online shopping haul however, that was sold out so I just went for the SPF 30. The Ordinary don’t sell anything less than SPF 15 and this is the minimum recommended SPF that you should add to your skincare routine.
The Ordinary’s natural moisturising factors + HA* is, I think, the only proper moisturiser that the brand offers. They have many moisturising serums too however you also need a moisturiser paired with these.
My skin, as I’ve previously mentioned, is very oily. This moisturiser is not greasy at all and restores the moisture that the salicylic took from it. Because of this, my skin is a lot less greasy in the day.
I’d recommend buying the larger version of this as it will save you money in the long run!
Nighttime skincare routine
Again, I use the salicylic acid cleanser by the Inkey List*. If I wear makeup, I’ll use my Soap and Glory makeup remover.
This is seen all over social media but it is often seen being used wrong. You only need a very thin layer of product and you only leave it on 10 minutes. Do not, let it drip down your forehead towards your eyes like Instagram influencers do. If it makes your skin tingle, it’ll make your eyes burn. Make sure to read the instructions/advice before you use this.
I also have the inkey list overnight blemish treatment that I also use to keep breakouts to a minimum. This works an absolute treat, I haven’t seen a breakout in weeks now!
Recently, this toner has been named a dupe for the Pixi glow tonic and it’s the Ordinary’s glycolic acid*. Personally, I think it’s had the same results. Toner doesn’t really do a lot to benefit my skin, usually I can take it or leave it. For me, it cleans the last traces of makeup off my face so that’s why I use it.
I’ve found that this refreshes my skin and makes it feel really clean. At the low price tag it’s sold at, I can’t complain.
Another holy grail! The Ordinary’s niacinamide and zinc serum* is amazing for acne. I went for the bigger version as I find that I get through this so quickly because I love it. Like the salicylic acid serum, I have been using this since last year. It has transformed my skin!
Because of its amazing results, this sells out quickly. Revolution do their own version of this and I’ve also found this one to work well too. If you can’t find the Ordinary version anywhere, the Revolution one is a good alternative to add into your skincare routine.
This one, again, isn’t an Ordinary product. It’s the Oh K! Soothing balm. Like the Ordinary products, it’s fragrance free and it also contains zinc which is good for your skin.
Instead of being moisturising, this is hydrating which is often better for oily skin. The brand states that this moisturiser is specially formed for blemish-prone skin. It’s had very positive reviews and I’ve found it to be good for my skin too. The lightweight formula keeps my skin nourished and means I don’t wake up with very oily skin.
What to try next?
My next venture I think will definitely be the caffeine solution. I’d love to incorporate this Ordinary product into my skincare routine as I have huge and dark eye bags. This has reviews claiming that it works magic and completely erases them. To me, that’s exactly what I need! This also has a lot product for the price. You’ll also be only using this on the eye area so it’s going to last so so long! This will definitely be in my basket in my next haul!
What’s your favourite skincare brand?