Since I just placed my third order on Deciem for The Ordinary Skincare, I figured it was time to review the products I’ve tried so far. I placed my first order in February and wanted to keep using the products for a while before I share my opinion. TO is probably the most hyped skincare brand of the year. While it’s very affordable, please keep in mind that every product is very basic and usually only has one main ingredient. Looking at how much I paid for my three orders I must say that I definitely spent more on skincare than I did in the past. It’s also important that you have to do a lot of research and experimenting when using TO. If you want multi-tasking no-brainer products, I recommend looking elsewhere. Before I share my review on each product, I want to let you guys know that I have oily/combination skin and my main concern is anti-aging.
(This is in no particular order)
The Vitamin C Suspension was tough for me to use in the first few weeks because it burnt so much. I’ve done at-home chemical peelings before and have used acids and vitamin c regularly for the past two years, so I wasn’t expecting my skin to be so sensitive. I did get used to it, but it didn’t do as much as I hoped it would. I literally expected the suspension to burn of all my freckles and sun spots and leave me with perfectly even skin. I don’t think it made my skin look any brighter so I won’t be repurchasing this anytime soon. Instead, I ordered another vitamin c derivative from TO.
The HA is one of my favorite serums and I’ve already repurchased it. It doesn’t do much other than making my skin feel hydrated and plump. I don’t think it has any long term benefits though. I use it in the morning before putting on moisturizer.
I use the Rose Hip Seed Oil at night after applying all my serums as a moisturizer. I really like this one and since it’s vitamin A, I keep using it in hopes to defy age. I did a quick research on Amazon to find out if there’s a cheaper option for organic rose hip seed oil but couldn’t find any.
This moisturizer has got to be TO’s most underrated product. I find it so difficult to find a great basic moisturizer that’s also unscented and this one is exactly that. I use it in the morning after my serums and before putting on sunscreen (because this one doesn’t have any SPF). In the evening I mix it in with a little rose hip seed oil for extra hydration.
I’ve just used up my first bottle of the Advanced Retinoid. With retinoid and retinol products, I feel you have to keep using it for many months or years to actually see results. Anyone who praises this product cannot be trusted because it hasn’t been out on the market long enough. I will say that the formulation is nice and it didn’t cause any irritation. Will repurchase.
The Retinol 1% is actually the reason why I discovered TO in the first place. I’ve been eyeing the Paula’s Choice Retinol 1% for the longest time but that one seemed a bit pricy. I only started using the TO Retinol last week because I wanted to use up the Advanced Retinoid first. To my surprise, it beat up my skin really hard. Literally beat up. I didn’t look dry or start peeling but my face looked overall weird and my eyes were swollen for a few days and I broke out in places I never break out. They say Retinol makes your skin look worse before it gets better, so I will continue using it.
Argireline is also known as Botox in a bottle and TO promotes it to diminish crows feet. These wrinkles around my eyes are the one thing that bothers me the most about my face so I had to get it. I’ve been using it for about two months now and haven’t seen any significant changes. Will continue to use this for at least half a year and check back with results.
When my body turned 30 it decided to get dark under eye circles. The caffeine solution is supposed to reduce the look of dark circles but I haven’t noticed any difference yet after two months. Will use up the bottle and see what happens.
The TO primers have been really hyped up in recent months. I never know if primers actually work so I also don’t really have an educated opinion on this one. I use it regularly, so I guess at least it doesn’t ruin my makeup or else I would’ve stopped. Not sure if I would repurchase.