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The Ordinary Skincare Review for Oily Combination Skin

The Company
The Ordinary is one of three product lines made by the company DECIM, with as the name might suggest, The Ordinary being the more affordable lower end skincare line. The skincare line has a massive point of difference from an already flooded market, that being providing products in a ‘humble and true form’ with their slogan being ‘clinical formulations with integrity’. Without exclusion, and one of my favourite aspects of the company, is that all products are free from harsh chemicals and irritants such as parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animals oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone. The company is cruelty free and does not test on animals nor sell their products to main land china where animal testing is a requirement of sales.

My Background and Qualifications
I am a Qualified Beauty Therapist since 2009 and have worked for a variety of salons ranging from your everyday beauty treatments and relaxation based facials, to as a Laser Skin Therapist and Technician with skincare being my main focus and speciality. I have extensive training in all areas of skincare and topical treatments as well as advanced laser and clinical treatments including peels, laser resurfacing and skin consultations and management plans. Not to mention my own personal passion and continual personal development for the latest science and treatments for the purpose of skin beautification.

First Impressions
There is a lot of hype surrounding DECIM’s latest line; with I think the biggest appeal being the small price tag that comes attached to the skincare line. The Ordinary essentially being a no marketing, no frills, no fillers and minimal ingredients which have both positive and negative aspects. As a Qualified Aesthetician, with a keen interest in skincare and cosmetic pharmaceuticals, I am no stranger to the more scientific names of active ingredients found in many products on the market today. I believe the trend in beauty treatments particularly facials and skincare has become more clinical, with more active and higher dosages, and very much results driven. I love that you can really tailor your skincare by your specific skin needs, as most products usually only contain one active ingredient, and therefor can be layered to find the perfect skincare regime for your particular needs without the hefty price tag of buying several more expensive products which you may not have the means to do.

The Products
I particularly sought out these particular products for their benefits in the treatment of oily combination skin including breakouts and redness. I have been after a good quality salicylic topical treatment for some time, so finding such an affordable product is a real win.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by complimentary ingredients designed to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.

PH 5.50-6.50 | Water-free | Alcohol-free | Oil-free | Silicone-free | Nut-free | Vegan | Cruelty-free

Application: Best Applied in the morning and evenings unless using any products containing Vitamin C, in which case use in the morning with the Vitamin C at night which is preferably as Vitamin C can be unstable and react with the UV-rays from the sun which can cause pigmentation on the skin.

Contraindication: This Product cannot be used with Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid), as in doing so can effectively neutralise their effectiveness, the combination of these two ingredients on the skin can combine to form what’s called nicotinic acid, which can irritate the skin causing undesirable erythema otherwise known as reddening of the skin.

Pros + Cons: This is fantastic product as far as results are concerned, with my experience i have seen a noticeable difference in pore size and sebum production. There, for me personally, is some issues with the consistency of this product which can be a little tacky when apply, however is easily combated through application method. I suggest when apply this product to smooth over the skin quickly with light pressure and once the formulations begins to absorb into the skin and the texture starts becoming more viscous to change to a pressing motion rather than spreading.

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

Salicylic Acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 2% treatment solution helps exfoliate the inside walls of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes and for better visible skin clarity with continued use. Not suited for those with impaired skin barrier or sensitive skin type.

PH 3.2-3.5 | alcohol-free | oil-free | silicone-free | nut-free | gluten-free | soy-free | vegan | cruelty-free

Application: Use Salicylic Acid straight after toning the skin and before any oil based products or emulsions, using a small amount of product apply with fingertips directly to the skin. Can be used both in the morning and evening.

Contraindication: Highly Sensitive skin types to use with caution, doing a test patch first is advisable as well as having used acids on the skin previously. Not to be used on broken or irritated skin.

Pros + Cons: Of all the products that I purchased from The Ordinary, this would have to be one of my favourites. The Consistency is the least tacky of the products i picked up, and have since incorporating this product into my skincare regime seen a noticeable difference, in a very short time, regarding pore size. I find this product does not  irritate my skin, and is very effective at clearing out my pores, especially when used in conjunction with the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. Again as far as Cons go, the texture can be a little tacky, so i suggest using a pressing motion once the consistency beings to become more viscous and harder to spread over the skin.

100% Plant Derived Squalane

Squalane is a saturated and stable hydrocarbon that is found naturally in the skin. It has very high emollience, is an exceptional hydrator and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness. Squalane is non-comedogenic and is suitable for use on all skin types. It can also be applied to hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential.

water-free | alcohol-free | oil-free | silicone-free | nut-free | gluten-free | vegan | cruelty-free

Application: Apply 1-3 drops to skin after water based products, can be applied both in the morning and the evening. Squalane can also be used on the hair as a heat protectant and for the purpose of added shine.

Contraindication: No non contraindications with this product.

Pros + Cons: This is a beautiful oil for the skin, with my biggest pro for this product being that this is plant derived, as traditionally squalane is extracted from the livers of sharks which is obviously less than ideal. The oil for me personally feels like a dry oil and has a very shiny appearance when applied to the skin which does not dissipate even when soaked into the skin, however the hydration and suppleness the product results in makes it well worth it. This product is beautiful when used under makeup, giving the makeup a dewy, smooth and supple appearance.

Matrixyl 10% + HA

Matrixyl is a trademarked peptide composition developed by Sederma in France. This highly-effective composition has been shown to reduce the look of static and dynamic wrinkles. This formula contains two generations of Matrixyl, Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe’6, at a combined concentration of 10% by weight in a specialized Hyaluronic Acid delivery system. The peptide in Matrixyl 3000 is palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 and the peptide in Matrixyl Synthe’6 is palmitoyl tripeptide-38.

PH 5.00-6.00 | alcohol-free | silicone-free | nut-free | vegan | cruelty-free

Application: Can be applied both in the morning and the evening, only a small amount of this product is needed.

Contraindication: No non contraindications with this product.

Pros + Cons: Out of the four of the products this would have been my least favourite solely due to it having the most undesirable tacky texture of all the products I picked up. that being said I think the product is of good quality and would be interested to see how the matrixyl worked with my skin over a longer period of time. I am probably most critical on this product as I have tried a lot of hyaluronic acid serums and have ones I would purchase over this one, as they apply much more smoother, however I am not opposed to this one and will continue to use the remainder of the product.

Overall Thoughts
For the general public I think there can be a little hesitation on how exactly to determine both the right product for your skin as well as the correct regime in which to use and apply your products and the information on the website isn’t exactly straight forth with some deciphering and cross checking required.

Basics of skincare to consider when using these products are to follow these simple rules

  • Pay attention to order of application
  • Some products are better suited to certain times of the day
  • Be wary of product contraindications

Work the product into the skin by spreading quickly and lightly over surface then using mid-pressure to press the product deeper into the skin. This application works two fold, firstly by delivering the product deeper into the skin for optimal results, and secondly to avoid any balling of the product as it absorbs into the skin can become tacky losing ease of spread ability.

Where to find
Essentially everywhere, which as an Australian beauty enthusiastic is so refreshing as we can be limited to availability or subject to unreasonable additional costs such as shipping and or mark-ups. I however choose to order directly from their site, rather than stopping in at my local Priceline, and let me just tell you I was super impressed with the speed at which I received my parcel. 24Hrs!

For more information you can visit there website via the link below!

Hopefully you found this review helpful, if you are interest in trying out the skincare line for yourself I highly recommend you doing so, and if you do, i’d love to hear what products you picked up and how you get on with them.

I also have a YouTube Video reviewing these products, so please do checkout my channel by following this link, I’d love the support.


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