The Ordinary: Skincare that saved my Face
In-between the stupid amounts of baking I've been doing, I've also been splashing the cash a bit. Okay, more than a bit, but still, it's a lockdown what did we really expect me to do? Anyway, this is one of the things that I've been focusing on since I've always had some sort of trouble with my skin and this is one of the few products that has made me see a major improvement in just a few short days of using it and honestly I HAVE to share it.
Over the years I've tried loooaads of different things to clear my face, including prescribed creams and tablets. But, over-the-counter and online skincare have been the true G's when it comes to saving this face. There's still some work to do but here are my favourite products so far:
Products and What they Do
Lactic Acid 10% + HA
This is a 'high-strength' acid peel that should be applied once a day, preferably on an evening with an application of sun cream afterwards. This is the thing that clears my face of imperfections on a daily basis and I apply this after using my Clean & Clear Exfoliating Scrub so all of the dirt is already off my skin! This product helps reduce the redness and inflammation that comes with exfoliating your face on a daily basis (in my case anyway). I use this product four times a week and apply sun-cream and moisturiser afterwards to make sure that my skin isn't too dried out after using it.
I use this product on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
This is a vegan hydration support product that I use morning and night to help hydrate my face before I put on make-up. I do NOT use sun-cream after this product when I am putting make-up on as this causes my foundation to clump up when I set it with powder. I add sun-cream for added SPF protection since the majority of these products directly strip away my skin and I want to avoid as much damage as possible. I apply this product morning and evening and is probably the reason why my skin appears brighter.
A|pha Arbutin 2% + HA
This is a serum I use daily, usually on an evening to protect my face from any sun damage but you can use this on a morning too and use it twice daily. This helps even out my skin tone and reduce any dark patches I might have, giving me an even base underneath my foundation. Alpha Arbutin is typically used in skin whitening, which is why there is such a small amount in this product so it can do its job without directly affecting someone's skin tone in such a major way. I typically apply this after the Hyaluronic Acid.
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
This is the one thing that I feel has made the biggest difference to my skin. This is a face mask (chemical peel) that is made to be used twice weekly. I have been a massive reduction in redness and spots whilst using this and I use this product twice a week on an evening only, using moisturiser afterwards to re-hydrate my skin. I also use sun-cream afterwards since I've read that this product can damage your skin if you don't do the right aftercare!
I use this product on a Friday and Tuesday.
These are the products that I've been looooving. I ordered all of these items from Cult Beauty and I plan on ordering so many more to help grow my skincare collection further. I've been so impressed with The Ordinary so far after seeing the brand for a while I'm glad I went ahead and purchased everything I did!
I think that's everything from me for now but I will have a lot more content coming in the next few weeks, this lockdown has actually been really good for me in terms of getting my life together for once and getting organised. As always please like and share this when you can (this helps me a lot more than you know!) and you can follow my socials my tapping the icons at the top of the website!
PLEASE NOTE THIS POST INCLUDES AFFILIATE LINKED MATERIALS BUT ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN DESPITE BEING A PAID PRODUCT. THESE PRODUCTS MAY NOT WORK FOR YOUR SKIN, ALWAYS PATCH-TEST AND USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.