I've noticed that when people who are new to The Ordinary, ask someone to recommend a product to try first, folks seem to always suggest Buffet or Niacinamide. To me that's the equivalent of suggesting the California Roll to someone who is new to sushi... Like, it's okay... Not bad... But you KNOW some people won't be crazy about it. If I were to recommend an Ordinary product to a newbie I would direct her or him to the Shrimp Tempura Roll in the line up: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. (I mean, you could go all nigiri and go for their L-ascorbic acid powder, but we'll start slow...)
Why? Because they'll get results and get results fast. And people like fast results.
Unless you have VERY sensitive skin or a medical concern, I think anyone and everyone can benefit from a good toner, especially an exfoliating one. Whether you're 16 or 60, who among us doesn't want smaller pores and more radiant skin?? Even better, this toner delivers results quickly. Like, literally within days you will start to see more glowy skin. I didn't notice much purging as I've heard others experience, just a better complexion overall.
A few things: I would only recommend using this once a day and really only at night after cleansing. Number one, I don't think facial skin needs to be exfoliated in the morning right before you expose it to the elements and all the nasty pollutants that we encounter in daily life. But also because this product might make your skin flush like it does mine. I would say this toner makes my face red and patchy for a good 30 minutes after application. Not irritated, but red nonetheless. Also, I can't recommend this toner if you currently have severe acne. I can't even imagine how much this would sting your face (I had moderate acne as a teen so I've been there before). This product is *probably* best for those trying to shrink pores, combat fine lines and wrinkles, and those who desire a more radiant complexion. This might be painful on open bumps and acne.
Lastly, I've only been using this toner for a short while and I'm hoping it will do more about some of the brownish spots leftover from a prior breakout, the tiny blackheads on my nose, and the light milia I have on the corners of my nose. I haven't seen any major improvement on those 3 skin concerns, but maybe over the next few months I'll see some movement there.
Overall, this is an inexpensive and effective way to sneak exfoliation into your daily skin routine.