Everything You Need To Know About The Ordinary

    Ahhh, The Ordinary. My most rewarding relationship to date. Yep, I think I’m in love with a skin care brand. If you haven’t heard of them, then you obviously don’t follow me on Instagram so you won’t have seen all my gushy posts talking about how these products have changed my life. Seriously, go follow me on Instagram, it’s where the real party happens. If you’re here because you’ve seen all my posts about them then lucky you, I’ve put together all the questions you guys have been asking and answered them to the best of my ability. Let’s get started shall we?

    Where can I buy it?

    I buy my The Ordinary products from Beautylish. The prices aren’t marked up for the New Zealand market (yaaas) and you get free shipping over $35. You can also buy them from ASOS, La Femme Beauty and Recreate Yourself – but Beautylish is my go to and I recommend them highly. Shipping is quick, they restock sold out products quickly and they take real care to make sure your products arrive safely.

    How much?

    Products range from $5 to $18 USD. Most products are under $10 USD which is incredible. You get a lot of product for not a lot of money and if you want to try out a few things, you’re not running a big loss if something doesn’t work for you. Like I said before, shipping is free over $35 USD so treat yourself to some of my faves – listed below.

    Your faves?

    My ultimate fave product is Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%. I put my clear skin and smooth complexion down to this product, it works like a dream for me. I am quite oily and my skin clogs quite easily, so a product like Lactic Acid helps breakdown the dirt and oil and promotes that glow we’re all looking for. Another fave is the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. Can you tell I’m a sucker for chemical exfoliation? I don’t use all of these products in conjunction, there is such a thing as too much skin care! My daily is Lactic Acid, Glycolic is a 3-4 times a week kind of deal and when my skin is really freaking out, I go in with the AHA Peel. I always follow up with a moisturiser, lately I’ve been loving the Marula oil as it’s nourishing but has anti bacterial properties so it helps fight those break outs!

    How do I know what to get?!

    Your skin might have very different needs to me so whilst I love that you guys wanna know what I use, the wrong products will do more damage than good. The Ordinary have a very good treatment guide to help you understand what you need. I know quite a bit about skin care so these ingredients make sense to me and I know what each one will do for my skin – you might need to do a bit of googling to make sense of all the sciencey names.

    How do I use these products?

    Each product has different instructions on how to use them and they all come with detailed guides on when to use the different products, what is safe to mix and what to avoid mixing. They even comes with stickers that you can apply to the bottles that will tell you whether to use them in the AM/PM, how many times a week and whether they are ‘sun-safe’. You literally can’t go wrong!

    Is it cruelty free?

    The Ordinary is a cruelty-free brand, you wouldn’t catch me dead talking about them otherwise!

    Can anyone use these products?

    Like any products, check you don’t have any allergies before you go all in. You may also have sensitive skin that can be a little tricky when it comes to acids and peels. However, I definitely think that all skin types can benefit from a little TLC and based on the specific treatments, price and efficiency – The Ordinary is a good place to start.

    Thoughts on the foundation?

    I wrote all about The Ordinary foundations in a blog post – check out what I have to say here.

    I hope this clears up a few questions I get, but please feel free to ask more if I haven’t covered anything! Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them?

    Thanks for reading!

    Love, Lyd x

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