It has been a while since I have come on my blog and written to you all! I thought to quickly update you on what I have been up to, in addition to my current obsession with The Ordinary skincare.
So first of all, I am sincerely sorry I disappeared from creating written content on here; I have moved my entire life to a different country (Germany) and it took me a while to adjust to my new settings and home. For those of you wondering where I have gone in terms of Instagram profile (@fatimaelmusbahi), I have deleted that profile and began again from scratch, for personal reasons. So, if you wish to follow me on my new adventures, it is best to find me on my new account (@iamf.elm), where there will be snippets of my travels, writing and more.
What did I buy?
Anyway, let’s get straight to the good bit and talk skincare. A couple of months ago, I bought some selected lines from The Ordinary and wanted to use it for a considerable amount of time before I even considered to review it, so it can be honest and as sincere as possible. It personally takes me a month or more to actually feel and see a difference from skin care products anyway.
On to what I bought. From the skincare range, I purchased Hyaluronic Acid, the Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, Natural Moisturising Factors, Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%, Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution and the Squalane Cleanser.
Just to clarify, I follow a specific routine of products for my morning and night routine. The Ordinary products do not completely fill up my regime, so I do substitute the missing gaps with other brands. If you are wanting to know my complete routine for an overall insight, make sure to comment your interest down below.
For those that are new to the whole skin care procedure, here’s a brief guide of how your morning and night schedule/order of products should actually be like.
I will use a cleanser, toner, serums (like Vitamin C), eye cream, moisturiser, face oil and finally sun screen.
I will use a cleanser, toner, serums (like Hyaluronic Acid), eye cream, moisturiser, Retinol and face oil.
My routine always begins with cleansing and toning my face, for both morning and bedtime routines. When I use the Squalane cleanser I only apply a really small quantity (pea size), warming it up so it applies like an oil all over my face. You can keep it on as a mask for a few minutes or wash it off immediately, it is completely up to you. I would suggest using lukewarm water, for the best results. For those of you that didn’t know, Squalane oil is great for anti-ageing, as it fights off the radicals that are present in your skin.
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
For toning, I put around three drops of the acid on a reusable cotton pad (got to do your part for the environment, right?) and gently wipe my entire face with it. It does sting quite a bit and even more so for sensitive skin, yet you will build a tolerance to it slowly. Glycolic acid is perfect for gently exfoliating your skin without altering the natural PH of it. If you are acne prone too, this is the perfect addition to your skin care routine. I particularly get light acne along my jawline, yet since I have been using the toning acid, I have managed to keep on top of it and very much reduce the inflammation I used to get. I have also noticed my pores on my face are so much more tighter and smaller too (hurrah).
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%,
Ascorbyl Glucoside is a Vitamin C derivative and therefore was ideally perfect for myself, as I have very sensitive skin. It is advised through the skin care chart provided by Deciem, to go with this option if you have never used Vitamin C (like myself). You gradually need to build up your tolerance to it, as if you go for more purer forms of Vitamin C, it can be too harsh and you may have a reaction. I apply this sparingly if I am honest. I found it really dense and a little does go a very long way! Definitely do not forget to add the SPF to your regime if you are going out, as you will double your protection against UV rays!
What I really liked about this product, is that my skin has become so much more vibrant and dewy. Vitamin C neutralises the free radicals in your face, so this explains as to why my skin appears less dull like. Take note however, this should be used in your morning routine only. If you use Vitamin C in your bedtime routine, it would just build and pile up in your pores, due to your skin not actually needing to absorb it. This can lead to the possibility of breakouts or Milia cysts.
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane
Retinol is a perfect addition to your night time routine, because it promotes collagen production for your skin, meaning your skin will heal and fight off ageing, all while you are getting that beauty sleep! I found that by adding this to my night time routine, my blemishes and unequal discolouration’s on my face, were really minimised. I cannot express how much I love this product, and for the price, it is insanely worth it.
I am sure you are probably asking as to why you cannot wear this skin elixir for you day routine, since it is that good, right? Well, it is a really heavy face oil, meaning your skin needs quite a bit of time to absorb it. Therefore, it is your perfect partner in crime for getting those Zees!
Hyaluronic Acid is perfect for both morning and bedtime routines again. I cannot stress how much I love this for myself! I usually use the pipette to add 4 generous drops on my forehead, cheekbones and chin, gently rubbing it in until it is fully absorbed. The thing I love about Hyaluronic Acid is, it absorbs very quickly into the skin and really hydrates the dry areas (especially if you have a dry or combination skin type). My skin just loves it and drinks it all up! I also felt it really brightened up my skin too, and was really noticeable for that first couple of weeks I introduced it to my skin.
Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
The reason I purchased this, was because my skin has a few scars from the light acne I had in my adolescence. I read that Rose Hip Oil is perfect for skin regeneration due to the fatty acids and Vitamin A within, and it rarely causes any skin reactions when you use it. Being that my skin is so sensitive, I practically rejoiced when I saw that Deciem was selling this bad boy in their The Ordinary Collection. At such a cheap price, I had to really restrain myself from buying multiple bottles at once.
After using this for just a week, my skin was as if I had swapped it from someone else. All my scars along my chin especially had completely disappeared, or had become really faint. I would have to say this is my favourite product from the whole line and will definitely remain as a must for myself, to continuously use for many years to come. A cute little hack I picked up along the way too, is by putting this in the fridge and applying directly cold. It instantly brightens and feels so lush on the skin. It is a keeper guys.
Natural Moisturising Factors
This formula for a moisturiser has amino acids, lipids and hyaluronic acid in it, which are supposed to help you ‘lock in’ the moisture into your skin. I would have to say that for me personally, it was a completely useless buy. There are many more moisturisers out there on the market that will work so much better for your skin than this. I personally found that, because I use the Rose Hip oil and Hyaluronic Acid products separately, I am getting the same core ingredients and basically just doubling up on my face when I use the moisturiser (which is not necessary). The oil and serum separately also provide higher dosages alone, meaning my skin is getting more than enough love with just these two products. So, why should I make things more complicated?
In terms of the moisturiser’s texture, it kind of felt like a sunscreen if I am completely honest. It was greasy on my skin and did not absorb quickly at all. For a girl that needs to be out the door pretty much 20 minutes after waking up, you can say that this is quite inconvenient to myself. Unfortunately, this is the one skin care product from The Ordinary, that gets a no from me.
To summarise overall, if you are looking to really invest in your skin on a budget, definitely look no further. Being that I am approaching my mid-twenties, I really wanted to be more conscious of my skin care regime, and It is safe to say that I am very impressed at how amazing these products worked out for me. If I had to single three products from the entire haul I purchased, I would hands-down opt for the Glycolic Acid, Squalane Cleanser and the Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil. With just these three products, I can guarantee that you will notice a huge difference to your skin, in just a couple of weeks. I promise!
With most of us spending a lot more time working from home due to the scenario that we are facing at the moment, investing in your skin could be the biggest love story you have ever ventured yet.