The Ordinary: Skincare

Just like every other basic blogger out there I had to try the most talked about skincare range from Deciem: The Ordinary.

Not a very exciting name, and not a very exciting looking brand. But The Ordinary isn’t about being exciting, it’s about scientific skincare that actually works. If you do a little reading up on The Ordinary it can all seem a bit overwhelming. Everything has a super sciencey name and talks about the ingredients, rather than what the product aims to do. But I promise after a brief search of their website you can figure out what products are best to use together, and which ones to avoid.

I made my order via Asos because, well I wanted to use a discount code, but they only stock a select range so I’d recommend you shop the Deciem website for all the best picks. Also if you go on the official website they offer lots of tips on how to match a product with another one.

I only ended up buying the three products so that I could give them a little test run, and it’s safe to say I’m super impressed. My skin is relatively normal on a good day, with a slightly oily t-zone and the odd blemish or dry patch. The key things I was looking for were hydration and radiance, because who doesn’t want naturally glowing skin ey? So with that I chose these products:

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

This is a heavy duty blemish product formulated with minerals and vitamins. The niacinamide is used to reduce the appearance of blemishes, while the Zinc helps to balance the high concentration of the niacinamide, while also balancing the visible aspects of sebum activity. This is fairly light consistency oil so I tend to use it in the mornings to prevent any blemishes from getting worse, which Deceim suggests is the best time to use this product.

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

Azelaix Acid is produced naturally by the yeast that lives on skin and is amazing for brightening the skin- something this gal is in serious need of. What’s great about this product is you can really notice the change in your skin; it starts to look brighter but also feels more plump. Something I’ve heard beauty gurus rave about and never actually witnessed on my own skin. The only issue with this product is that it does have a bit of a funny smell, whereas the oils are completely scentless.

100% Plant-Derived Squalane

Squalane is actually a saturated hydrocarbon that occurs naturally in your skin, and acts as an amazing hydrator. I tend to use this more in the evenings as it’s a heavier oil compared to the Niacinamide, and I find it works best overnight to really moisturise your skin. What’s also great about this product is that you can use it in your hair as well to help with heat protection & shine.


And there you have it. I’m really enjoying these products, and what’s even better is that they are all 100% vegan and cruelty free while also being super cheap. Like the prices start from £3 so it’s completely worth it. I’ve got my eye on the Caffeine Solution to help with my dark circles, and I might even try one of their foundations.

Let me know if you’ve tried anything from The Ordinary. Do you have a favourite product? I’d definitely recommend trying it out if you haven’t yet.

Thanks for reading!

Lauren – x


  1. Zoe Linda
    July 9, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    The packaging is perfect. It’s great that they’re vegan + crulety free!! <3

    • mellorlauren
      July 10, 2017 / 8:44 am

      I love their packaging. Simple but effective. I find it difficult to find affordable cruelty free so it’s great that the ordinary are xx

  2. July 9, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    I LOVE The Ordinary. I’m going to have to give the Niacinamide a try. I use the Retinol religiously each night – really recommend that one for your next shopping spree!

    • mellorlauren
      July 10, 2017 / 8:43 am

      Ooh nice! I think I might pick up that one on my next purchase xx

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