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

on 3/30/2018 4:02:00 AM

Ascorbic acid is the most studied and effective form of vitamin C for skin. It promotes collagen synthesis (to repair damaged skin) and some studies have shown it can also protect the skin from UV damage (NOTE: it is NOT a substitute for sunscreen!)

This is an ultrafine powder that looks and feels like cornstarch or powdered sugar and dissolves very quickly. It comes in a tinted glass jar but to keep the product fresher and minimize contamination, I transfer what I use into a smaller jar/container (a Sephora sample container comes in handy for this). It also comes with a little plastic spoon that measures approx. 1/16 teaspoon (more on that later).

Deciem says you can mix this with water, water-based products, emulsions and anhydrous products. A good product to mix it with is The Ordinary's Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% serum. Ferulic acid works to stabilize vitamin C, while resveratrol (the antioxidant found in grapes and wine) provides the skin with another source of antioxidants.

Whatever combination you choose, remember not to go overboard with the vitamin C. The solution doesn't need to be any higher than 20% vitamin C for maximum absorption - any higher than that and you may risk irritating your skin.

In my case, I mix 1 part powder (about 1/4 scoop) with 4 parts water and apply before using heavier serums and lotion. There may be some mild stinging at first. Those with sensitive skin who have never used vitamin C before may want to start with 1/8 of a spoonful or less before gradually increasing the amount as their skin acclimatizes.

I prefer to mix a fresh batch daily, but you can premix a larger amount and store for about a week in a tinted bottle if you wish. Keep away from sunlight and watch for color changes which means it has oxidized and is no longer good for your skin.

I've been using vitamin C for many years now and firmly believe it's one of the best anti-aging ingredients currently available. It has brightened my skin and kept most of the wrinkles away (so far!) While I've heard there are cheaper vitamin C powders out there, I trust the quality of Deciem's products and this 20 g jar (at $5.80) should last the average user at least a few months, if not longer.

I just wish they'd shrink the little plastic spoon that comes with this to 1/4 of the current size. They recommend using "1/4 to 1/2 a scoop mixed with 5-10 drops of serum or a pea/dime size of emulsion based products", but it's rather tricky and messy eyeballing that amount when the powder is so fine. It would be much easier to scoop and level off to get a more precise amount, adding more spoonfuls as needed.

If you're looking for some smaller, more accurate and durable spoons to scoop the powder, you might consider the Norpro Mini Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons (available at Amazon) which come in a set of 5 and labeled 'tad', 'pinch', 'dash', 'smidgen', and 'drop'. The smallest three measure 1/16, 1/32 and 1/64 teaspoons.

One last warning: be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after using or the vitamin C may oxidize and stain your fingernails a dull orange color!

(Last edited April 16/18)

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

on 3/30/2018 1:28:00 AM


I’ve used two bottles of this. It lightened and brightened my overall complexion, but on my darkest trouble spot, it has only had a minimal effect. Still it worked better than a prescription hydroquinone cream that my derm gave me — I used that for a year with no results whatsoever. I think it’s a good product, but don’t expect miracles. I used it in conjunction with the Vit C suspension, which I think also helped to lighten my skin. I had no irritation or breakouts. It absorbed well, and I used it as the first product on clean skin. I’m going to skip this for a month or so while I try some of The Ordinary’s stronger acids and peels.

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

on 3/29/2018 12:37:00 PM


This helped my hormonal acne so much!! I use a drop on my chin/cheek area twice daily under moisturizer. This helps my acne clear up much faster than other products I've tried and doesn't irritate my skin so long as I don't concentrate it in one area.

Pro tip: if it's FOAMING UP, you're using WAY TOO MUCH. Pat it into the skin rather than aggressively rubbing. 1 drop is more than enough for my chin/cheek area.

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


You can read my review of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 on Telegram channel

What I expected: a hydrating serum at a reasonable price
What I got: The Ordinary claims that this formula contains three types of HA – with low, medium and highmolecular weights – that should hydrate the skin on different layers. A few minutes after applying it feels a little too sticky but then it goes away. I can spread one big drop over all my face and neck. For me it works quite well but I cannot say it is a glass of water for my skin. For very dehydrated skin you need something “stronger”.
My rate: 4/5
Why: Because of stickiness and average hydration

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Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

on 3/29/2018 8:50:00 AM


I've struggled to find a good moisturizer that doesn't break me out: they're either too heavy and greasy or the more lightweight ones are loaded with silicones and/or alcohol. I'd been using Paula's Choice Resist Barrier Repair moisturizer for a long time but switched to this about a month ago and I'm so glad I did.

It's very thick (more like a stiff paste than a soft cream) when squeezed out of the tube. To lighten it up for my combo/oily skin and make application smoother without any tugging, I mix this with a few drops of hydrating toner or serum until it loosens to a thinner, more lotion-like consistency, then gently pat it on. There will be some white streaking initially, but as it comes in contact with your skin it should eventually melt right on.

I've tried a LOT of different moisturizers over the years (everything from low to high end) and have rarely purchased the same product twice due to my finicky skin but have finally found something I can stick with! My skin is so much smoother and calmer now.

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


So firstly ill start by telling you a bit about my skin.

Oily, dehydrated, acne prone, VERY sensitive. I went on roaccutane and now have cystic acne during my cycle every month, which tne takes a few weeks to disappear. I have been left with scarring and a lot of very red hyper-pigmentation.

Ive tried so many different serums and lotions and nothing works.

I came across this on cult beauty one day and read the reviews which all seemed too good to be true if I'm honest.
So i ordered it thinking it wouldn't work but worth a try.


1st night I used it diluted it with estee lauder night repair serum so it wasn't as abrasive.
My skin texture the following morning was so soft and my pores appeared smaller. I have had a few extra spots come out but i put that down to the product working and bringing them to the surface.

One use?? wow!

im on day 3 now.
my skin is soft, my spots have reduced in size, my pigmentation (which looked like bruises) are fading a lot, and congestion has started to go.

it is very runny, which i quite like as its not very heavy when on. I don't think it smells at all which is strange as everyone is saying it really stinks :/

i love this product. After suffering for so long the relief or finding something that actually works and is making a difference to scaring too is worth any amount of money, so £5.60?? im stocking up!


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

on 3/29/2018 1:57:00 AM


This dude doesn't smell like pretty flowers. It straight up smells like a school chemistry classroom. But if we get past that, this stuff is great. I put it on with a cotton pad at night before my moisturiser. Yes it burns a little, especially if it gets rubbed over a spot or two. But by morning, my skin looks brighter and my spots look more healed and / or lighter. Helps to limit those little bumps under the skin too.

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Moisturizers -Deciem -The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA


I have stopped using silicone on my face. For the record, that is not easy. Almost every drugstore and top shelf moisturizer has dimethicone / VP/VA crosspolymor, polybutene, cyclopentasiloxane, etc
But my dermatologist, who was recommending Fraxel last year, just told me I didn't need Fraxel, my skin looks great.

And more importantly, the endless T zone that I kept powdering and putting primer on? Not a problem. I find I don't have to do much of anything to my face anymore, and I am a Woman of a Certain Age.

Which brings me to this moisturizer - it does not have silicone in it, but it does the job, never irritates, soothes and hydrates and unlike a lot of the silicone free moisturizers out there, it does not have a bunch of essential oils or fragrance. And it is nice and cheap.

I do not want to run out of this, so I am about to buy another tube.

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

on 3/26/2018 10:44:00 PM


My normal acid treatment is a paper-thin layer of 10% glycolic every four nights, which works well for me except that I would like my routine to be more consistent, so I decided to try out some gentler acids that I could hopefully tolerate more often. This one is gentle, all right! In fact, it is so gentle that at times I question whether it does anything at all, even when I use it on a daily basis. To be fair, my daily routine already incorporates hyaluronic acid so that ingredient was redundant for me. I'm hoping I'll have better luck with TO's azelaic acid. I do like the packaging, the fact that the formula is so basic, and the straightforward name and marketing.

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Lotions/ Creams -Deciem -Hand Chemistry HA3 Triple-Function Hyaluronic-Rich Hydrator

on 3/26/2018 9:48:00 PM

I have tried a LOT of hand creams. This is not among my favorites. It sinks in quickly without feeling greasy; but I feel like I have to apply it at least twice to feel any moisturizing. It has a light fresh scent that I think most people would find inoffensive. If you're looking for a light hand lotion this could work for you, but it's not enough for me. Would not recommend or repurchase.

Lotions/ Creams -Deciem -Heel Chemistry

on 3/26/2018 9:43:00 PM


This is just ok for me. I've tried a LOT of foot creams and I feel like this isn't anything special. It's certainly not a bad product. It has a nice texture and sinks in very quickly. I wouldn't describe it as super rich. It has a minty/eucalyptus sort of scent. I've tried several other foot creams that I like better, especially for the price.

Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Buffet

on 3/26/2018 4:42:00 PM


Seems to be working for me. Skin feels more plump and moisturised. I use a few of The Ordinary products with the Buffet and they all seem to work really well with my skin.

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Treatments (Face) -Deciem -The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

on 3/26/2018 4:37:00 PM


Was having problematic skin and didn’t know what product to turn to. This is coming from someone who had the clearest of skins. People used to come up close to check my face as to how clear it was. I used to wear minimal make up too. A few years down the line, I noticed my skin started to look off. It was dull and I somehow developed these small under skin bumps. No idea where they came from. It covered well with make up, however, it just wasn’t good enough for me. I had to look into different skin care products to get rid of these bumps. I did a chemical peel and that helped somewhat. But not enough. I changed my skin care routine completely. I decided to try a few The Ordinary products. They were reasonably priced so I didn’t have much to lose. I purchased the Retinol, AHA peel and the Buffet. AHA I do every 10 days as it will be too harsh to use frequently as it’s an exfoliant. I also purchased a hyaluronic acid serum from another brand which I use everyday. All of these products seems to have helped my skin look more alive and glowy. Bumps have gone and I can feel my complexion getting better every day. Finally I found a few products that’s working and getting my good skin back! I read another review in regards to Retinol thinning the skin down the line. Decided to skip the Retinol every night and use it once or twice a week. I also use Vitamin E oil on top of my Hyaluronic acid serum. They all seem to work wonders on skin. Will continue to use the Retinol but not every night. I always use SPF50 but apparently, it’s just not enough to prevent skin damage when using Retinol. I don’t really want to wear a hat everyday either. Loving The Ordinary range.

Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Coverage Foundation


Being an Ordinary fan, I tried so hard to love this product, I really did... but gosh it's so DRY. It makes me look at least 5 years older, settles into lines and dries up all patchy. I have oily t-zone and dry cheeks & eyes. Even with heavy moisturizer underneath AND mixing it with more moisture, it doesn't go on right, it dries me up so bad. I tried everything; with and without primer, applying with sponge, different brushes, blending it real nicely, using only very little... but no. The only thing that works is when I get oily later in the day, it looks a lot better then, when my skin has been "eating" the foundation away haha. Needless to say I cannot recommend this to anyone with dry or even normal skin.. And if you're oily it won't last all day either. What a shame, since the colour range and price is amazing. I am back to the high end brands :( (sad for my wallet, good for my temper haha)

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Foundations -Deciem -The Ordinary Serum Foundation

on 3/26/2018 4:20:00 AM


Finally a foundation that matches my super pale skin. I use 1N. I really like the packaging as well, it doesn't have any fragrance and alcohol which is nice. The coverage is very light, helps even out my skin tone and it doesn't feel like anything on my skin. It lasts for maybe 4 hours. However I can't wear it when my skin is dry because it absorbs all the liquid in it and just leaves awkward looking patches of pigment on my skin. I will use it up but won't buy it again.

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