Masks -Deciem -The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

on 2/1/2018 1:24:00 PM

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SPOT TEST
Before trying this all over, i decided to spot test on a couple of 1-2" areas on my cheek and forehead at night. My skin was well buffered by a light jojoba/sunflower oil application hours before (the directions say to use this on clean, dry skin but I thought I'd try it with a buffer, just in case). I only felt the mildest of tingling when applied, and that might have been aided by the buffer of oil. I left it on for 10 minutes. Immediately after application, the only irritation I noticed were a couple of (before unseen) small comedones on my cheek that had flared, but that went away after an hour. The next day, I didn't notice any difference, good or bad on the spot test areas.

ALL OVER APPLICATION
1) The morning after my spot test, I did an all over application after waiting around 30 minutes after cleansing, on a bare, dry face. It stung more than the previous night, and during the entire 10 minutes that I left it on. But it was pretty mild, not too unbearable. I rinsed thoroughly and noticed some stinging each time I passed water over my face with my hands. Immediately after rinsing, my skin felt a little prickly and tight so I applied one drop of jojoba oil. After about 5 minutes the prickly feeling subsided considerably then vanished in a couple hours. The only place I saw immediate irritation after rinsing this off was where I had applied it to too close to the orbital half moon area under my eye, on one side. The skin was reddened, this went away after 15-30 min. The rest of my face had no redness. By midday i did noticed that my pores were less visible and my skin felt tighter, but I know that's probably temporary because AHA is after all, an irritant. I'm interested to see of this will provide any exfoliation in the in the few days.
Follow up: this didn't produce any flaking or peeling. I did seem to make my skin a little smoother (maybe drier?) but i might be imagining that part. I'm going to try it again in a week or two before making a judgment.

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Moisturizers -Deciem -100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil

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If you have dry or damaged ends, you need this stuff in your life.

I lighten my own hair and a consequence of that is my ends can look quite damaged. My hair looks fine the first day or two after washing and blow drying and applying all the cone-filled goo that make the ends look adequate. I only wash my hair once or twice a week though, so eventually in between washings the ends start to reveal their true nature again and look dry and trashed.

I've been hunting for a product to apply to my ends around this time to keep things looking good until I can do another blowout. I did have some luck with the Dove Nourishing Oil Leave-In cream, but now I realize that The Ordinary Marula Oil is really where it's at. I put a few drops in my hands, rub them together, run them through the ends or wherever it's looking dry or frizzy, and this oil restores my hair to look healthy and moisturized. It does even add some shine, but it doesn't look shiny in the sense of looking shiny with oil, if that makes sense. This oil isn't too heavy and you'd have to be pretty heavy handed to really weigh your hair down (unless you have ultra fine hair). The smell is also completely neutral, actually no discernible scent to my nose.

Editing to add that I've now tried it on my face, too. I have combination skin and it did not break me out, and the next morning my skin felt plump and hydrated. There's also something really pleasing about rubbing the same oil into your hair and face. It feels very chic and (forgive me) French. I was also inspired to try using it before my foundation in the morning, although I never tried an oil before makeup before (oils have always been nighttime moisturizers for me). I use less than I would before bed and pat it onto my skin. The effect before base makeup is applied is really luminous, natural, and youthful. I would consider using this as my sole moisturizer simply because I like the idea of killing two birds with one dropper bottle. I have barely made a dent in my first bottle and I've already purchased a backup.

Oh yeah, the price. This is 9.90 CAD for 1 oz. From what I can tell, not a ton of well-known brands make marula oil, and the ones that do tend to charge a ludicrous amount. For example, Acure sells 1 oz of marula oil for 21.99. Drunk Elephant charges 90.00 CAD for 1 oz of marula oil. Um, what? So The Ordinary, as always, is a good deal.

As an aside, I love this company. They clearly care about making well formulated products, and that and their prices reflect that they don't think their customers are morons as I genuinely believe a lot of skincare and cosmetic companies do. Please never change, Deciem.

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

on 1/28/2018 11:49:00 AM

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I use this at night (once to twice a week) on its own and I love it! I wake up with very soft & luminous skin! Too be honest, I haven’t a clue what this actually does but as long as my skin keeps looking like it does after using this I will continue using it!

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary - Retinol 1% Emulsion

on 1/28/2018 11:46:00 AM

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This stuff is strong! I was already using PC Clinical Retinol 1% without any issues but this one made my skin dry, red and flaky after the first few uses. Sign that it really works I guess :’)! I now use it with the basic moisturiser from The Ordinary on top and it has made all the difference. My skin is very soft and I see a difference in texture and appearance after few weeks of using it. Too bad that they have discontinued it but I am curious about the replacements they have introduced.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5

on 1/28/2018 11:42:00 AM

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Good basic serum for dehydrated/dry skin. This helps when my skin is acting up from central heating/retinol/exfoliation/etc.

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Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

on 1/28/2018 9:51:00 AM

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Good basic moisturiser. I use this over the Retinol 1% from The Ordinary to stop irritation and peeling. Works fine for that! Also on low maintenance days I use this as an easy, no frills moisturiser over the HA serum, leaves my skin soft & supple without making it shiny.

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Masks -Deciem -The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

on 1/28/2018 9:48:00 AM

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This is a good & strong acid mask! It leaves my skin very soft and I can see the effect immediately the day after. Only con is that I can only use it once a week otherwise my skin will freak out. I think it’s because of the lactic acid, as I never had any irritation from BHA before.

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Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

on 1/26/2018 10:58:00 PM

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Moisturizes really well. Feels nice on the skin, not greasy, absorbs well.


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

on 1/26/2018 1:13:00 PM

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I had never tried lactic acid before this product so I don't have anything to compare it.
I use it two or three times a week, alternating with 1% retinol (TO) and a "rest" day where I focus on hydration. I have been used it for 2 months consistently now.
This product is very well priced and the packaging, though not perfect, is functional and allows you to see exactly how much product is left.
I really like what this product does to my skin. It leaves it feeling and looking very bright and clear, doesn't break me out, works wonderfully with other products and didn't irritate my skin at all. It feels very gentle yet effective. It exfoliates without feeling drying or leaving a feeling of "tightness".
I will continue to purchase this, no doubt.

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

on 1/26/2018 10:46:00 AM

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I wanted to try this to (hopefully) replace the Paula's Choice BHA I usually but, which has become too expensive. In comparison, it's a little over half the cost. ($29 for 3.3oz of the PC BHA Vs $5.30 for 1.01oz of the Ordinary.)

Packaging:
I'm not terribly fond of this glass pipette. I wish they had just put it in a squeeze bottle with a small hole at the end or something. It's not horrible, just kind of inconvenient. Also the bottle is clear glass, so I hope BHA isn't light sensitive.

SPOT TEST:
Since I am currently trying out the Ordinary's 30% AHA peel, I decided to do a spot test of this before putting it all over my face. It does lather up, as another reviewer mentioned. I don't find this a huge problem as I would only apply this at night. I only put it on 4 pimples that were forming. It didn't burn or irritate my skin on application or the next day. It did what other BHAs usually do, which is shrink up acne and reduce inflammation/redness. The pimples did not disappear overnight, but they were considerably smaller and less red the next day.

I waited a couple days after spot testing this and did an allover application at night (avoiding undereye, just in case). So, this does lather up quite a bit if you rub it in, but once it's dried feels like nothing, on the dryish side since there is no residue. I could see where this would be a good daytime treatment under sunscreen, maybe, assuming it won't cause pilling. I definitely will be using this for spot treatment. As far as full face application, it didn't make my skin go bonkers or anything but I would need to test this again on consecutive days to see if it's too harsh or drying...


Toners -Deciem -The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

on 1/25/2018 10:31:00 PM

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Love this stuff! I saw a noticeable difference after I started using it - my skin is smoother, scars faded faster, breakouts reduced by a lot. I like this much better than the pixi glow tonic (I didn't see any results with the GT). Will definitely be repurchasing.

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Toners -Deciem -The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

on 1/25/2018 10:27:00 PM

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I was about to re-purchase Paula's Choice RESIST Weekly Resurfacing AHA Treatment but happened upon this brand, which had a much lower price point for an aha liquid. I also like the fact but it's only 7% as the Paula's Choice is 10% and too drying for me to use to use more than once or twice a week. The price is $8.70 for 8.1 oz (aka 240 ml size), if purchased from the Deciem website. By comparison, Paula's Choice AHA liquid is $36 for 1 oz. (PCs liquid AHA is called "RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA" --they carry no AHA lower than 10%).

2/4- Applied this all over my face with a cotton pad at night. It's a clear fluid, no overpowering scent, and leaves a slightly sticky finish. No stinging or irritation on application. My skin didn't seem much different the next day but more use is needed.

After 5 day's use: I can really say now that I like this stuff. Love the light watery texture, and the price. My face started feeling like it was smoothing out by day 2, a slightly plumper feel by day 5. I never had any peeling or flaking, I've not decided if this is a negative since there were spots of my skin that were already clogged that I would have liked to have peeled a bit. Anyway by day 6, I did start to notice some dryness. I hadn't been using any moisturizer on top of this so I will either do that or use this every other night. This has a winner so far.


Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

on 1/25/2018 9:37:00 AM

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I tested this on one side of my cheek to see if it broke me out. It didn't.

My first impression was that this is a lot thicker than i thought it would be. I was expecting something fluid, dewy and moisturizing. This goes on very matte, and you kind of have to rub it in. But my cheek felt a bit moisturized though I didn't really notice a difference in the way it looked. I like that it has no scent, always a plus.

Since then I have used this a few times under my eyes. It's not super moisturizing in feel and I find that I need to add argan oil at night. This seems a good daytime moisturizer for oily skin due to the fact thats it's matte.

Not sure if i would repurchase yet. Seems like a good, not too heavy, moisturizer but some point i want to try this all over my face for a few days to see how it does.

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Background: My skin, in recent few months has veered into combination of both oil/ance-prone issues (clogged pores, blackheads, slightly enlarged pores, many tiny closed comedones and milia) and more recently, dry ones (tightness, flaking, roughness and small surface lines). It has made it tough to find moisturizers that combat dryness without breaking me out.

I've tried dozens of facial moisturizers over the years and they have all caused breakouts. I have found that so far that my skin can only handle certain one-ingredient plant oils. While jojoba and argan do a great job of balancing the oil production and supple barrier protection (relief from that tight feeling of dry skin), I have noticed that over the past year, they no longer provide the deep moisturizing my skin needs.

I'm hoping that this formula, which combines natural moisturizing factors already present in healthy skin plus hyaluronic acid, will do the trick. I've had some bad breakouts with lotions formulated with hydrolonic acid in the past, but it was encapsulated in thicker products such as Cerave face lotion, which could have compounded the unwanted acne effects.


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

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I could not use this product: when you put it on your face it leathers like face wash. If you try to let it dry and put any other serum or moisturiser on top they will both lather. I normally love The Ordinary products but this one is a fail. Thankfully the price makes it easy to test if it's for you or not.


Toners -Deciem -The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

on 1/24/2018 5:51:00 PM

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This is so irritating that I can't use it on my face. It aggravated some redness that I was trying to tone down and burned. I don't think it is suitable for sensitive skin or anyone fighting inflammation.


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