“She is aging as gracefully as an old banana”- Elderly Woman in Tim Hortons lineup (hands down one of my favourite overheard quotes!)

My post last week not only garnered a lot of traffic but I was also sent 100,000 questions about how to navigate The Ordinary’s website. That is a little bit of an exaggeration but I did have a lot of inquiries and ended up helping a lot of you lovely people find the right skincare regime! Since there were likely people who were too shy to message me or some who wanted to figure it out on their own I thought I would do a follow-up post to help everyone out a bit.

The website is very confusing. It is divided into categories which include direct acids, hydrators and oils, vitamins and retinol and then more molecules. All of the products have scientific names and unless you carefully read the description and google them (like I did!) is is almost impossible to figure out what to buy! I am far from an expert and it has been trial and error but I have managed to find an affordable regime that is made up of high quality, plant derived, non-gmo, vegan, paraben free products that are not tested on animals and that are produced in Canada.

*Note: This is not sponsored, I am just skincare passionate and want to share this with all of you!

Skin care basics (self -educated, not an expert!)

  • Vit C is great for improving texture, reducing the signs of aging and brightening skin (The Ordinary offers several but the Ascorbic Glucoside Solution 12% is less likely to cause irritation and absorb quickly based on the product info!).
  • Retinol (Vit A) is harrowed for reducing the signs of aging, decreasing pore size and improving texture.The Ordinary offers two but the one that should be the most gentle is The Advanced Retinod 2%. Just be sure to wear SPF and apply only in the evening. If you are just starting to use a retinoid you may want to use it every other evening until your skin is used to it!
  • Gylcolic acid is amazing at improving skin texture while gently exfoliating and deep cleaning. The toner offered by The Ordinary  is full of glycolic acid and other great properties. Please wear SPF when using glycolic acid!
  • Caffeine can brighten skin and reduce puffiness (perfect for your peepers).
  • Hyaluronic acid attracts 1000x it’s weight in moisture making it amazing for dry skin. It can also help to ‘plump’ dry and tired skin.
  • Oils are key for maintaining skin moisture and integrity. Many are suitable for use with combination and even oily skin! Rose Hip oil is encouraged for hydration/anti-aging while Squalene provides intense hydration for every skin type.
  • Argireline can help reduce “dynamic’ wrinkles and folds found on the forehead and around the eyes.
  • For problem skin lactic acid and AHA/BHA can provide peeling and deep exfoliation.
  • Salicylic acid is perfect for spot treating blemishes.
  • Niacinamide and Zinc can help reduce skin congestion, decrease breakouts and reduce the amount of oil your skin produces.

Clear as mud? There are a ton of products for almost every skin concern, basically you have to identify your needs. Some example regimes I made up follow below.The Ordinary recommends applying the lightest/water based formulas first and fishing with heavier or oil based products as well as allowing five seconds for absorption between products.

Example Regimes 

My regime.I personally have dry skin and I also want to slow down the aging process (’cause why not!)my regime2

Blemish prone skin (you may also want to explore the direct acids and peels a little more as well!)blemish-prone-skin21.jpgGeneral Anti-aging anti-aging21.jpg

Hydration.hydration2.jpgBasic regime for beginners!beginner2



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