I’ve been wrestling a lot with my skin lately, thanks to not sleeping nearly enough since my two kids and my husband have been hit by norovirus, colds and coughs.
When I don’t sleep enough for a few days running, my skin instantly reacts by developing cystic acne along my jawline and generally just looking like crap. So, dry and flaky winter skin, plus hormonal/stress-induced acne. Not happy days.
I’ve been trying to sleep more (not really possible sometimes, though) and drinking more water, but all of this prompted me to seek out some topical assistance over the weekend. I settled on trying out skincare from The Ordinary, who specialize in pared down skincare products with just a few essential ingredients—all at amazingly reasonably prices.
The brand was launched in 2016 by Toronto-based skincare company DECIEM, and it has been a crazy hit, so I felt pretty safe in trying out several products from them all at once.
Here’s what I ordered (they’re sold online in Canada at their official site, which is where I placed my order, and at Well.ca (referral), who carry The Ordinary and another DECIEM brand, Hylamide, and were already sold out of most items). All prices are in CA$.
- The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% ($7.90)
- The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum ($14.80)
- The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ($6.70)
- The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 ($6.80)
- The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ($5.80)
- The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% ($5.90)
- The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane ($7.90)
The Caffeine Solution is for my husband, who has undereye circles he would like to address. He’d also like to try the Azelaic Acid for his mild rosacea.
I was tempted to pick up something from one of DECIEM’s other, higher-priced lines, but in the end I decided that I’d wait to see how I liked the Ordinary products, first.
The website stated that due to high demand, my order might not be fulfilled for 10 days. However, they literally shipped it the day after I ordered (Sunday) and it was delivered to me in Toronto on Tuesday. Now that’s service!
This is how the parcel looked:
Everything was wrapped up so neatly:
The simple, apothecary-inspired packaging is sleek and attractive.
The Squalane, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, and “Buffet”:
The Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, and Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG:
All the products are made in Canada, which is awesome.
I have to reorganize my skincare routine a bit, now, and decide which item(s) I want to start using, first. Skincare, particularly with active ingredients, has never really been my interest until now, so I have a lot to research and a lot to learn!