Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 5/29/2018 10:51:00 PM

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Can be drying if you go overboard, but definitely clears up congested, clogged skin after a couple days of use. I use it once per day when I feel my skin needs to be purified. I will cleanse, use my chemical exfoliant (wait 15 min), then hyaluronic acid, then this (wait for it to sink in) and then moisturizer or an oil.


Skincare - Face -Deciem -The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

on 5/29/2018 7:03:00 PM

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Great price but the claims for brightening are just not true. This did nothing for the acne spots on my dark tan skintone (nc42). I have used the whole bottle and nothing. It felt moisturizing, like a water based mask, its clear and quite slippery, but thats it. Packaging is in the form of a dropper which I like as its hygenic. If your skin is already clear and you want a boost this may work, but if you are looking for real results to clear spots, this is not it.


Skincare - Face -Deciem -The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

on 5/29/2018 1:03:00 PM

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Since I’ve introduced Matrixyl + HA into my routine, I’ve completely done away with day creams and/or moisturisers. It’s truly excellent for aging skin and would recommend it to anyone starting to see lines and wrinkles. My skin isn’t that bad for my age but I had 2 vertical frown lines on my forehead and one has gone. The other is less pronounced and I’m hoping it’s plumped too. I sometimes alternate it with granactive retinoid in squalane at night so that helps too. During the day all i add is a sun block and I’m good to go. Anything but Ordinary!

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F

on 5/29/2018 4:03:00 AM

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This is one of my favorite vit c products ever.
It sinks right in, it doesn't break out my oily skin, it does a good job at brightening and evening the skin tone, the price is awesome, you only need up to 3 drops per use, what's not to like?
It is also very moisturising, so in the summer I use this at night and nothing else after that.
I pair it with the Resveratrol serum of the same brand.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%

on 5/28/2018 9:34:00 AM

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I liked this product the potency is good for my skin, I'd rate it extra mild because I didn't see no change the next morning but rather after 2 weeks of use. No irritation occurred,It stung on the first application and the hyper pigmentation around mouth has improved in visibility. This product has been good to me and i will repurchase again. I recently added the 7% glycolic acid solution into the mix I hope all goes well.


Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

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I use this as a spot treatment. I tried using on my t-zone where open pores are the worst and also on some marks on cheeks as Niacinimide is supposed to be good for that kind of thing i.e pigmentation but didn't do anything for that, in fact started getting new spots and can only put it down to this product as wasn't using anything else at the time. Luckily not exp at all so hardly wasted any hard earned money here. But good that I can use on the odd spot every now and again as it calms them down almost overnight. For that alone I would re-purchase.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid Serum

on 5/27/2018 4:39:00 AM

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Greatest skin care product I have ever used. No joke. I used prescription retin a for 3 years, but decided a couple years ago that the negatives outweighed the positives. I was on a search for that magical product! Found some lovely night creams since then, but my skin lost its sparkle. I am 41 and have good skin - few deep wrinkles, invisible pores, and rarely a pimple. But, I do have pigmentation, fine wrinkles and overall dullness. I was excited to use the Ordinary vitamin c powder to help this (and that product, too, is good) but the alpha lipoic acid was the sleeper hit of my Deciem purchase.

I didn't get that wow the first morning, but my skin did feel nice. I have now been using this product for a month and can say my skin tone and texture have improved. One thing to note is that I followed the directions and used this 2 or 3 times a week in the beginning. Then I was forgetting if I had used it the previous night or the night before that. I guess I just stated using it consecutive nights and realised my skin had no issues. And that is what I am doing now- using it each night before my rosehip oil (and using the ascorbic acid powder every morning before my sunscreen). So, yes, this is my number one product in my overall routine. Highly recommended!

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary - Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

on 5/26/2018 9:39:00 PM

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Contains a newer ester of retinoic acid, hydroxypinacolone retinoate, reportedly with similar efficacy but less skin irritation. "Granactive Retinoid" is a brand name.

Let me be very clear, this is not a prescription retinoid nor sold as an OTC medicine so it does not have to adhere to the same strict rules about dosing and effectiveness that medicines do, whether prescribed or over the counter. So if you have genuine concerns about acne or premature aging, you should seek medical advice in the first instance.

With that said, there are studies in medical journals with some evidence to suggest the active ingredient here, hydroxypinacolone retinoate, does have demonstrable anti-acne and skin renewal effects, and is better tolerated on sensitive skin. I have combination/oily skin and am now in my late 20s, so I'm interested in retinols and retinoids for their roles in treatment of acne and in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation issues. I used the prescription retinoid Differin (generic name adapalene) in my teenage years until my acne settled to mild pre-menstrual flares in my early 20s.

If I compare this product to Differin, it is certainly less irritating and causes less dry skin, flaking, and tingling. The first week of use was the worst in terms of side effects - flaking in crease lines of a morning - but since then has been fine. While it's not a prescription retinoid, it has improved my adult acne in terms of reducing the amount and frequency of closed comedones and deep under the skin spots on my jaw. I have been using niacinamide and salicylic acid at the same time, though.
It is certainly less irritating than any retinol product I have used in the past.

It comes in the Ordinary's typical pipette bottle in brown glass - a nice touch from the Ordinary, to help protect the formulation within from UV rays that can degrade retinoids. There are several retinol & retinoid formulations on offer from the Ordinary, I chose this one since it is the most potent and comes bound in a squalane-containing solution. This is a natural component of the healthy skin's lipid layer and is moisturising, helping to offset the drying effects of retinoids while not clogging pores. It does feel and look oily on, however - this is definitely a PM-only type of product. Don't be alarmed as all oils are not created equally and not all clog pores.

This is quite cheap when compared to popular anti-aging creams on the market, too. But I must stress again - this is not a medicine, so if your skin is particularly sensitive I would urge you to speak to your GP and/or dermatologist about your options, as there are several effective options for topical retinoids these days. And finally - wear sunscreen! It's the most effective anti-aging treatment out there, and you don't want to go to all the trouble of using retinoids and then undoing all that benefit by letting the sun's rays attack your skin.


Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2%

on 5/26/2018 8:45:00 PM

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Contains 2% salicylic acid, which is the maximum permitted in OTC products, in a witch hazel water solution.
Very cheap for a 30mls bottle and I am a fan of the pipette-style bottle.
I have oily/combination skin with visible pores on my t-zone and issues with closed comedones and pimples the week before my period. Salicylic acid is the only BHA suitable for use on human skin, and are lipid-soluble as opposed to AHAs. This means it's more effective at softening and breaking down sebum plugs in pores, and helping to prevent new ones.
I use this on my t-zone in the evening, and it works well without being overly irritating. I use a good UVA+UVB sunscreen daily anyway but it's extra important when using acid-based or retinoid skincare products at night.

I like this for its affordability and pared-down ingredients list. Sometimes, drugstore products have so many irritants in them that they outweigh the benefits that good ingredients might bring.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

on 5/26/2018 8:37:00 PM

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I really love this product BUT when it comes to The Ordinary, nothing is a one-size-fits-all kind of product. I have combination skin, t-zone is oily with visible pores and pre-menstrual acne flares, outer parts of face get a little dry and I am prone to seborrhoeic dermatitis and flaking around my nose, mouth and chin. Yes I know, sounds beautiful LOL

Anyway, as I have issues with oiliness and excess sebum production, pre-menstrual inflammatory acne lesions, and when SD appears in the summer there are hyperpigmentation issues to boot. Niacinamide, also called nicotinamide, is a variant of vitamin B3, niacin (or nicotinic acid). Applied topically in concentrations of 4% daily for 4 weeks, studies in Japanese women found consistently reduced rates of sebum production, decreased number of inflammatory acne lesions, and improvement in pigmentation issues. It's great stuff, and has certainly helped my skin look less oily and blotchy while reducing both the number of spots and the length of time they stay red and angry on my face. Best of all, it's quite cheap - I like TO's one since it's £5 for 30mls at 10% strength, whereas the Freederm gel is £5 for 10g of 4% strength. But still, it won't break the bank if you were to buy that one instead. I use this one just because I get the most for cheapest, and I like the little pipette design so I can mix a few drops into my moisturiser. I'm not convinced the addition of zinc does much but it is known to have antibacterial properties so maybe it is some help, who knows.

Most people will tolerate niacinamide well, but some people are sensitive to the niacin/nicotinic acid forms and this can cause flushing and irritation on the skin of some people. Niacinamide can be partially converted into niacin on the skin if it comes into contact with acids, like vitamin C treatments - or even naturally occurring ones in the skin's acid mantle. It's only a tiny amount but for people sensitive to it, it can cause the unpleasant symptoms noted above, and is why niacinamide doesn't agree with everyone.

So yes, some people will want to give niacinamide a miss. At least it is fairly cheap so you won't be left too out of pocket if it doesn't agree with you. Worth trying if you have issues with oily skin, inflammatory acne, or pigmentation issues and want to see if it helps!

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Lotions/ Creams -Deciem -Heel Chemistry

on 5/25/2018 8:13:00 PM

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its a meh from me. I have very dry heels, and elbows. I used to get dermatitis on them as a child and even as an adult they are naturally dry and crusty no matter how hard I work at caring for them. Rubbing pure petroleum jelly on my heels of a night time works brilliantly for moisturising and softening my dry skin. This stuff, not so much. Its very lightweight, feels soft for a few moments but really didn't make a difference to the dryness despite being good at applying it nightly for the entire life of the product. I'll go back to the petroleum jelly, cheaper and more effective than this stuff.

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Skincare - Face -Deciem -The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

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So I use to love the Sunday Riley good genes and went through about 4 bottles until I decided I wanted to switch because of the crazy price. I started using the Drunk Elephant TLC and it was good but not as great as good genes, so I went on a hunt for a different lactic acid. I came across this and at first I was in disbelief because of the cheap price, but after reading so many good reviews I decided to give it a go. I got mine in the mail yesterday and used it as per usual my nightly routine and WOW. I can totally say this product works just as well as any high end lactic acid product. Smooths out texture, lightens scars and dark spots and overall hydrates aswell. Definitely will be repurchasing.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

on 5/25/2018 8:07:00 AM

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This was one of the first products I purchased from DECIEM, recommended by friends.

The Ordinary classified this as a powerfull antioxidant, best combined to Vitamin C. The regime recommended by DECIEM was to use it in only once in my AM routine with the following steps
1. cleanse
2. use molecules (such as matrixyl or niacinamide)
3. Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
4. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%
5. NIOD Survival 30 (sunscreen)

I don't know how powerfull this antioxidant is, but including it in the above routine was indeed beneficiary to the look & feel of my skin. It's about two weeks now and I feel like my skin is plumped.

The product itself is like a lightweigth oil and I feel it a bit warm when I apply it, but by no means irritant. It's actually a nice warmth. Usually it takes about 5 min to completely sink and I do wait that much before applying the next product, otherwise it feels very oily.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age

on 5/24/2018 10:37:00 AM

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This is a great product for anyone at any age. It hydrates, brightens and helps prevent and repair signs of aging. As I am now 26, this is very important to me. I apply a few drops in the evening and it sinks right in. I honestly have noticed a difference in my skin. I have very acne prone skin and this has not caused any breakouts. It's $38 so not crazy expensive, but you don't need much so it should last a long time. I purchased mine from well.ca. I will repurchase!

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder

on 5/24/2018 8:28:00 AM

I think this is a product worth buying as there really is no excuse for not trying it out in my opinion. The price is unrivalled and you get a lot (a LOT) of product in the jar. The jar is sealed and the packaging contains a small spatula. I usually mix a small amount of this powder with either my sunscreen or moisturizer. I feel like it helps to brighten my skin a little and it's also hydrating although be careful not to use too much of the powder or it will make your face really sticky. I will repurchase but I feel like the jar is going to last me for AGES. As I said, deifnitely worth trying!


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