The Ordinary

The Ordinary

Since it launched last year, Deciem's latest offering The Ordinary has been everywhere. Literally everywhere. The concept is simple, active ingredients without the crap. No fancy names. No added anything. No ingredients list as long as your arm. The clinical packaging with pipette application on most of the products reflects that. Plus it's cheap, with most of the products cashing in at around the £5 mark.

You may have seen my recent video in which I tried a selection of the products for the first time. A few weeks on, I wanted to give you my full review on the products I picked up. Oh, and keep reading to the end to enter my first ever giveaway!

The Products

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Probably the most interesting of the lot, this exfoliating facial really packs a punch. It's strongly acidic, so Deciem recommend to use it no more than once a week and for no longer than 10 minutes at a time but, with regulated use, it honestly has made a difference to my skin. I tend to use this when my skin is congested and just needs a total detox.

It draws everything to the surface within the first 24 hours or so (it gets worse before it gets better) and then I'm left with the clearest skin I've had in a long time. It does sting when you first apply it but this settles down after the first minute or so. It's also bright red and the only scented product I picked up - I could really smell the Pepperberry coming through!

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

In contrast, the Hyaluronic Acid is so soothing and non-offensive. I use it as a serum between toner and moisturiser and it allows my moisturiser to sink in so beautifully, locking in the moisture. If I do this before I go to bed, I wake up with visibly plumper, brighter skin.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

I use the Niacinamide in much the same way as the Hyaluronic Acid but on days where I'm starting to notice blemishes appearing - a kind of first step before I bring out the AHA peel. It's great for nipping spots in the bud before they actually hit the surface.

I also mixed a few drops with my moisturiser when I went on holiday last month, on recommendation from Pixiwoo. This is a great way to inject active ingredients into your skin without spending big bucks on a fancy moisturiser - plus, you can customise the ingredients to target current skin concerns.

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

The Salicylic Acid solution is a spot treatment. It comes in a tiny 15ml bottle with the same clinical pipette design as the rest of the range but in this case, small is definitely mighty. I've noticed best results on whitehead spots that haven't been tampered with. Overnight they shrink down and redness around the spot is reduced.

High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

I opted for the Fluid Primer rather than the more silicone-based primer because I thought it would be lighter and less likely to break me out. Though I haven't had any more blemishes than usual, this product still feels quite siliconey (col). It's very pore smoothing and creates a flawless base for foundation application.

It's not usually what I'd go for but I have been enjoying it in contrast to my usual Nivea Men Post Shave Balm. If a pore-perfecting, silicone-based primer is something you love, you might just find a new favourite in this.

Shop The Post

Aside from its incredible products, The Ordinary is also a great source of all things skincare info. The site hosts an incredible guide to each of the products, its uses and benefits and its place in your skincare routine. For more information on the brand itself and what it stands for, Caroline Hirons did an in-depth interview with Deciem Founder Brandon Truaxe.


Welcome to my first ever giveaway! I'm giving away a bundle of all five Deciem The Ordinary products mentioned in this post. If you'd like a chance to win, just enter below.

Closes 16/07/17 at 23:59 BST. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over only. See the full Terms and conditions.

Overall, I'm really impressed with this new brand from Deciem. It's the first I've tried from them and I hope not the last. I've found some real game-changers for my skincare routine.

Have you tried The Ordinary? Which are your favourite products?


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