Skincare doesn’t get more DIY than with brands like The Ordinary. Their whole concept is a minimalist formula, giving you the option to add in pure oils and bare essentials to create your custom routine. Whether your a fan of DIY skincare, want to get a cheaper alternative to your current products or just react best to pure formulas, this is a brand to check out. My skin loves hyaluronic acid, I’ve tried so many over the years that I can’t keep track anymore. As part of my scaling it back phase, I picked up this basic dropper bottle with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. It’s a vegan formulation without alcohol, silicones, oil, gluten or nuts. Combining low-, medium- and high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid you get a better approach to skin hydration than the previous generation of hydrating serums on the market. The serum will penetrate a little better and spreads out its water-binding capabilities throughout your skin. Hyaluronic acid can attract up to 1.000 times its weight in water after all. The added vitamin B5 boasts an anti-inflammatory effect that can help stimulate your skin’s healing processes—hydration and skin healing effects nicely bottled up in a serum.
For months I combined two drops of the hyaluronic with two of their niacinamide serum, creating a soothing and barrier repairing concoction that kept me looking fresh. Cleanse the skin, spray some thermal water like the one from La Roche Posay, apply the custom serum and spray water again. Allow it to sink in a little bit and then move onto your moisturizer step. You’ll feel that your moisturizer glides on a lot better now so adjust your amount. In the evenings I just slathered it all on and even added some Grown Alchemist rosehip oil into a thick moisturizer to remedy a day of working in the bone dry office air.
I highly recommend this serum as a staple for anyone starting out. You could say that the consistency is thicker and sometimes sticky compared to high-end serums, but you get what you pay for. The glass dropper bottle isn’t my preferred method if you want to travel with it, but cutting out marketing efforts and fancy packaging is how they keep their prices so low. I will definitely repurchase this once the summer starts.