No Ordinary Task | The Ordinary Skincare

During the colder months my skin tends to go a little bit haywire, which means that i’m always on the look out for anything that will help sort it out. That’s why when someone very kindly recommended that I try a few products from The Ordinary, I obviously had to give them a go. Well after browsing their website for a good hour or so, I eventually picked up The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, and The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG , and after using them for a little while, I thought that I would tell you what I thought of them.

Here’s what The Ordinary say about all three amazing products.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution.

Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxyl Acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use.

This formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with Acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonly which means that the colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. The formula is further supported with inclusion of Ginseng Root and Aloe Vera for both visible radiance and soothing benefits.

  • PH 3.5 to 3.7.
  • Water-free.
  • Alcohol-free.
  • Oil-free.
  • Silicone-free.
  • Nut-free.
  • Vegan.
  • Gluten-free.
  • Soy-free.
  • Cruelty-free.

The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane.

Squalane is a saturated and stable Hydrocarbon that is found naturally in the skin. It has very high emollients, is an exceptional hydrator, and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness. Squalane is non-comedogenic and is suitable for use on all skin types. It can also be applied to hair to increase heat protection, add shine, and reduce breakage potential.

This product uses 100% pure plant-derived squalane that is ECOCERT approved and is a USDA certified bio-based product.

  • Water-free.
  • Alcohol-free.
  • Oil-free.
  • Silicone-free.
  • Nut-free.
  • Vegan.
  • Gluten-free.
  • Cruelty-free.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG.

This light texture formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of Caffeine supplemented with highly purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from Green Tea leaves. Independant studies have shown that topical use of each of Caffeine and EGCG can help reduce the look of puffiness and of dark circles in the Eye contour. Additional studies have shown that Caffeine can also reduce the appearance of Cellulite.

Hollowness in the Eye contour as a result of structure of sub-dermal tissues like Fat and Bone can result in visible shadows under the Eyes. This shadow, which is not to be mistaken for dark circles, cannot be addressed with topical skincare including this formula.

Fat deposits under the Eye contour can create permanent puffiness in this area. This type of deposit cannot be improved with topical skincare including this formula.

This is supplied in UV-protective packaging as EGCG is sensitive to light.

  • PH 4.5-5.0.
  • Water-free.
  • Alcohol-free.
  • Oil-free.
  • Silicone-free.
  • Nut-free.
  • Vegan.
  • Cruelty-free.
  • A cylindrical plastic bottle with a white pump full of some white liquid with a white label that has The Ordinary written in bold black writing and Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution written in smaller black writing on it, on a white background.

    A picture of The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution.

It’s scent.

I wasn’t really a massive fan of it’s scent, as even though it contained a blend of Tasmanian Pepperberry, Ginseng, and Aloe Vera, I thought that it had a strange nutty scent to it that kind of reminded me of wet Cardboard.

It’s consistency.

I really liked it’s consistency, as I thought that it felt incredibly watery, and that it soaked into a Cotton Wool round really quickly.

What it did when I used it.

I really liked what this did when I used it, as once I had poured some onto a Cotton Wool round and had swiped it across my face, it sunk into my skin extremely quickly. I also really liked that even though it left my face feeling incredibly wet, that it didn’t drip anywhere after I had used it.

It’s results.

I absolutely loved it’s results, as once it had eventually set, it left my skin feeling incredibly smooth and looking plump and radiant..

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as this came in a massive cylindrical plastic bottle that looked beautiful sat on my beauty shelves. I also really liked that it came with two different lids, a metal screw top one to keep it secure when travelling, and a plastic twistable lockable one that made it really easy to pour onto a Cotton Wool round.

A cylindrical glass bottle with a white pipette lid full of some bright orange liquid with a white label that has The Ordinary written in bold black writing and 100% Plant-Derived Squalane written in smaller black writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane.

The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalaine.

It’s scent.

I wasn’t really a massive fan of it’s scent, as I again thought that it had a strange nutty scent to it that kind of reminded me of wet Cardboard.

It’s consistency.

I really liked it’s consistency, as even though it was technically an oil, I thought that it felt really thick, and felt more like a balmy serum rather than an oil.

What it did when I used it.

I really liked what this did when I used it, as once I had started to massage a little bit of it in between my hands, it turned from a thick and balmy serum into a thin and watery oil that was really easy to spread across my face.

It’s results.

I absolutely loved it’s results, as once it had eventually set, it left my skin looking plump and feeling incredibly moisturised without feeling at all greasy.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as this came in a thick glass bottle with a pipette lid that looked beautiful sat on my beauty shelves.

A cylindrical glass bottle with a white lid full of some bright orange liquid with a white label that has The Ordinary written in bold black writing and Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG written in smaller black writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG.

It’s scent.

I wasn’t really a massive fan of it’s scent, as I again thought that it had a strange nutty scent to it that kind of reminded me of wet Cardboard.

It’s consistency.

I absolutely loved it’s consistency, as even though it was technically a serum, I thought that it felt really watery, and spread extremely easily around my Eyes.

What it did when I used it.

I really liked what this did when I used it, as once I had massaged a little bit of it into the skin around my Eyes, it set incredibly quickly into a thick and balmy serum that didn’t run down my face.

It’s results.

I absolutely loved it’s results, as once it had eventually set, it brought all of the dead skin that was underneath my Eyes to the surface so that I could just wipe it away, and made me look like I had actually had a decent nights sleep.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as this came in a thick glass bottle with a pipette lid that looked beautiful sat on my beauty shelves.

My overall thoughts.

Overall I would have to rate The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution an eight point five out of ten, The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane a nine out of ten, and The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG a nine point five out of ten. I really liked The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, as I loved it’s incredibly watery consistency, what it did when I used it, it’s results, and it’s packaging, but I unfortunately just couldn’t get along with it’s weird nutty scent. I really liked The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, as I absolutely loved it’s thick and balmy consistency, what it did when I used it, it’s results, and it’s packaging, and i’ll definitely be picking up another bottle of it very soon, but I again just couldn’t get along with it’s strange nutty scent. I also really liked The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, as I absolutely loved it’s thin and watery consistency, what it did when I used it, it’s results, and it’s packaging, and i’ll also definitely be picking up another bottle of it very soon, but I again just couldn’t get along with it’s weird nutty scent.

If you would like to check out any of these three amazing products from The Ordinary for yourselves, then you can find them online here.

Have you checked out anything from The Ordinary yet? What should I try next? What’s your favourite skincare brand? Please let me know down below.

Luke x

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