If you’re looking for inexpensive skin care products that actually have the power to transform your skin, then The Ordinary is the girl you’re looking for.

I can’t remember when or how I was introduced to these products but I remember the first ones I bought were the 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil and the Hyaluronic Acid 5% + B5. I have always dealt with some form of acne and hyper-pigmentation due to acne scarring, so after a lot of research, I settled on these two to help battle the issues I was having at the time.

Now that I believe – crosses fingers – that I am over the acne hump, I am still tackling hyper-pigmentation (thought not as bad as it used to be) and now focusing on evening out my skin (in color and texture) and battling environmental dry skin. Since I can’t be out here looking dry faced and ugly, I had to research the right products that would help get me together and was led back to my trusted homegirl, The Ordinary.

If there’s one thing I really love about The Ordinary products is that the creators are truly focused on minimal ingredients that have maximum power. Each ingredient list is straight to the point, and mostly all are vegan and cruelty free. I recently have made the decision to transition all of my products to more natural chemical free products, so here is a start for my skin care.

On to what you came here for.

I ordered these 4 products for these reasons.

  1. Mandelic Acid 10% + HA – A lot of people see AHA and get scared, I get it. Chemical peels can be scary especially if you can’t immediately tell what the outcome will be. Some time last year I came across and article about the best AHA’s for Black skin and Mandelic Acid was on the list. According to The Dermstore, “Mandelic Acid is extracted from bitter almonds, and is more gentle than its fellow AHAs gycolic and lactic”. The gentleness of this AHA and the larger size molecules of mandelic acid is what makes it most effective for black skin, as it does not cause the irritation and possible additional discoloration that other AHAs may cause. The HA or Hyaluronic Acid in this product will also help combat keep your skins moisture barriers protected.
  2. AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – Listen here. I’ll be honest, I’m afraid of using this one, BUT I’ve hard so many great things about what this can do. I am no stranger to AHA + BHA products, but I haven’t used any that have this high of a percentage of AHA. According to The Ordinary, “AHAs exfoliate the skin’s topmost surface for a brighter and more even appearance. BHAs also exfoliate the skin with an extended function to help clear pore congestion. This combined 32% AHA/BHA solution offers deeper exfoliation to help fight visible blemishes and for improved skin radiance”. So what you should gather from this is that your girl is trying to GLOW! My skin has been super congested lately and I can see it – ugh – so I’m excited to go back to incorporating a BHA back into my routine, even at such a low percent.
  3. Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% – OK… so I have used my fair share of Vitamin C Serums in the past and all of them have been trash for lack of better words. The purpose of Vitamin C is simple. It brightens your skin and lessens the appearance of fine lines.
  4. 100% Organic Cold – Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil – According to The Ordinary “Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A, all of which degrade when the oil extraction process involves heat. While cold-pressed extraction is complex, it preserves all of the quality of this important oil which has been shown to reduce signs of photo-aging and many other skin conditions”. What this means is Rosehip Seed Oil won’t break you out, has uv protective properties, and will brighten your skin.

You see where I’m going with these right? Even and glowing skin all 2019!


Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried The Ordinary products and which ones are your favs!

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