The (extra) Ordinary Skincare Routine

There is nothing I secretly love more than trying out a new beauty product and incorporating it into my skincare regime. I love reading about the latest anti-ageing ingredients, formulas and hero layering combinations. Everyone’s skin is unique and there will simply never be a one size fits all approach. Five star reviews are great to read and make me feel like I’m buying something worth it but I also like reading the bad ones. Is that a guilty pleasure? Maybe!

My current beauty obsessions are eye creams and serums. I’ve still got the Bobbi Brown extra repair eye cream that Sam got me for Christmas! I’m loving it as it keeps my eyes feeling hydrated and is helping me keep those fine lines at bay. I’ve been looking for a new serum and one of my friends suggested I try something from The Ordinary. I’ve heard good things about their products and the prices were easily affordable. I came across them in Fenwick, Canterbury and couldn’t resist a closer look.

The packaging and the clean, simple aesthetic caught my attention. I wasn’t sure which product would suit my needs best but I settled for the Vitamin C Serum. I’ve been reading about the properties of vitamin c in skincare and about how difficult it is to put it in a stable formula. This serum is called Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. Right from the get go I knew the main active ingredient was vitamin c but that it also had hyaluronic acid. A wonder ingredient naturally occurring in the skin and able to hold 1000 times its weight in water. I couldn’t wait to try it out.

skincare line up on shelf, featuring liz earle hot polish cleanser, the ordinary vitamin c suspension serum, l'oreal hydra genius aloe water and bobbi brown's extra repair eye serum.

woman applying eye cream to the area under her eye

Skincare Prep

Liz Earle Hot Polish cleanser is the first thing I use to prep my skin in the morning and evening. I’ve been using this for years. You can read my thoughts on it in my blog post here. But hands down, I love this cleanser and cannot speak more highly of it. Its something I’ve been re-purchasing for years and will continue to do so. Nothing makes my skin feel as cleansed, baby soft and nourished as this. After cleansing I either wait for my skin to air dry or gently pat it down.

The second step is to apply my eye cream. I do this as soon as possible so that I protect the delicate skin around the eye and sort of create a barrier so I don’t get other products in my eye accidentally.

Now for my first (extra) Ordinary Serum

The first thing I noticed was how easily it came out of the tube. I’ve yet to gage the right amount of pressure to get just what I need out. The serum is a fairly loose consistency and a little goes a very long way. I always just use up my left overs on Sam and he doesn’t mind a bit of pampering. I start by squeezing as little as possible onto the back of my hand and then I use my fingers to gently pat and rub it in. Starting with my forehead and then work my way down – avoiding my eye area.

The first thing I noticed was how gritty it felt! But I had been warned to expect that by a sales attendant in Fenwicks. I immediately guessed these were the HA spheres mentioned in the product name. The product did say some redness may occur but I haven’t really noticed this with my skin. Well not more so than I already am anyway. Apparently its amazing for acne scarring and I have a teensy bit so I’m going to see if this makes any difference to them. They are quite old scars so we’ll see!

Woman patting moisturiser or serum onto her face

I did not like the gritty feeling at all. It was just weird. It felt more like an exfoliant that should be wiped off. But once I applied my moisturiser the grittyness disappeared instantly. I’m currently loving L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water. This moisturiser is amazing as it absorbs so easily, leaves my skin feeling fresh and hydrated. I loved how my skin felt using this in combination with the vitamin c serum and the dewy glow was lovely. My skin looked refreshed and ready for the day even without make up.

woman holding up a bottle of L'Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water moisturiser

Woman smiling and looking off centre

The result is smooth, silky feeling skin thats hydrated and ready for make up application. I also apply a tiny bit of Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF after to keep my skin protected in the sun. I know a lot of make up contains SPF but I always like layering it up just incase.


Have you tried any products by The Ordinary? What is your skincare routine?


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