This year I am specially excited for Spring!
I know we have been really lucky this year with a very mild winter (unlike my Northeast friends), but I am super excited to start a few projects I have been planning for a while, like planting a vegetable garden and doing some DIY projects around the house.
I also can’t wait to see Spring flowers and that vibrant green of new leaves and grass!
In the spirit of Spring and re-growth, I decided it was time to try a new skincare routine with The Ordinary products!
For years now, I have suffered from hormonal acne, but for the last couple years I haven’t been able to do much about it. I was trying to conceive, then pregnant and breastfeeding. Now that I am able to try new products again, I have started treating my acne with Aczone (dermatologist prescribed) for my adult acne. Unfortunately, although I have seen some improvement on the frequency of my breakouts, I have not seen that great of an improvement on the appearance of my skin.
I have really tough skin- my husband says it’s like crocodile hyde! – which is both good (for protection against scrapes and aging), but also bad (acne just turns into lumps under the skin). My skin doesn’t break out often, but when it happens, it’s a major pain! The area builds scar tissue and turns into a rough dark spot that lasts for months.
Here is what my skin currently looks like after 12 weeks using Aczone and without makeup (gasp!) :
As you can see, it’s far from flawless! It’s bumpy, splotchy and the texture is starting to look like crumpled paper! You can also see scars from recent and old breakouts.
For these reasons and to address some early signs of aging, I am trying a new skincare routine with The Ordinary products.
If you have not heard of The Ordinary, you need to check them out. This company is trying to change the beauty product landscape by offering products at a very reasonable prices. If that is not awesome enough, it also believes in creating ethical products free of nasties and without animal tests. Their guiding principle is to create “clinical formulations with integrity.”
Besides offering products at a great price and producing it with integrity, The Ordinary also provides amazing customer service! If you are like me and not very savvy into what beauty products you should be using, then all you have to do is email them and within 24hrs someone will answer your questions. As you can see from the horrible pictures above, I have multiple issues going on and needed a lot of help figuring out what to buy and use. I emailed them and after a day, received a customized regimen for my needs. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I just love when a brand has great customer service!
The products I bought were:
The Buffet: overall serum that helps with various signs of ageing.
The Alpha Arbutin: to help with hyperpigmentation.
The Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% : vitamin C to brigthen skin and treat uneven tone and dullness..
Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane: treats signs of ageing.
I was also recommended the Rose hip oil, but it was out of stock. It hydrates the skin and treats signs of photoageing. I will order it when it’s back in stock.
Besides these products, my daily routine also includes removing my makeup with micellar water and double washing my face with a Proactive facial soap. I have been using these products for months/years as a basic skin routine.
Per The Ordinary’s recommendation, I will be introducing a product at a time into my routine to prevent any skin reactions.
I am crossing my fingers that I actually see good results from this regimen and that I am able to give The Ordinary a glowing review in a few weeks.
If these products work, I will be stocking up and will become a client for life- of that, I am sure!
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Have you tried any of The Ordinary products? Have you suffered or are suffering from the same skin issues? If so, leave me a comment below and tell me if you have a miracle cure!
Until next time,