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Skincare review: The Ordinary by Deciem

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You know that glow some celebrities have that makes them look way above average and stand out in a crowd like some sort of goddess? It’s called beautiful skin.

In my line of work, I’ve met enough celebrities and TV personalities to know that the ethereal beauty that makes them so mesmerising goes beyond makeup. Beautiful, healthy, youthful skin makes a world of difference and for those moving around in elite circles, they have access to some of the best products out there, not to mention time and money for regular facials, spas and the full R&R treatment.

When I was still presenting the news every day, the daily piling on of thick studio makeup left my skin very oily and very dry in different places, it became grayish, blackheads became a regular fixture on my nose, and I just kept breaking out. At the time, all the news anchors were recommending Origins, so I tried it. (Note: a separate review of Origins skincare products is coming.) It worked wonders on my skin and I’ve been a loyal customer for almost a decade. But cost added up over the years, especially for someone like me—I buy the entire range and use all the products religiously.

Enter The Ordinary.

With very scientific and chemical-sounding names, I decided to do my research and check out what all the hype was about. The biggest surprise for me was how many of their products cost less than €10. Here’s a realisation—we’ve been indoctrinated by the global beauty industry to think it’s normal for skincare products to be expensive and that price is directly proportional to quality and efficacy. No wonder only celebrities had the means to glow the way they do!

But The Ordinary breaks away from the norm. In some ways, I feel like it’s democratising skincare—creating products only with the main active ingredients. Come to think of it, there’s really no reason why skincare should be so expensive. It’s a high-profit-margin industry, and if you remove the alcohol, water, perfume and other chemical preservative ingredients in an expensive facial product, you’re left with a tiny percentage of that one main element that actually does the job.

For my first purchase, I got the Advanced Retinoid 2% (€9.80), Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (€5.80), Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F (€17.70) and Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (€8.70).

Here’s my regimen (using only The Ordinary products):

Morning: Wash face. Apply Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate in Vitamin F. Put sunblock over it.

Evening: Wash face. Put Glycolic Acid on a facial pad and apply. Put Advanced Retinoid. Wait for it to dry a little. Then apply Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA.

I’ve been using anti-aging serums since I was in my late twenties, and with less than a month’s usage, I’ve already noticed a difference in my skin. It’s smoother, more supple, and brighter. Perhaps it’s also the combination of all 4 products that did the job.

I recently bought the Rosehip oil and I’m reading up on the other products to see if there are others that can be good for my type of skin. From the results on my skin so far, I would highly recommend this brand, but do your own research into what these active ingredients are for, whether or not they’re suitable for your skin type and which products are not supposed to be used together.

I’ve always maintained that skincare is one of those things I wouldn’t skimp on. But now that I’ve found a product range that debunks the price-quality myth, I’d think twice about forking out hard-earned cash.

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