My 'Pregnancy' Skincare ft. The Ordinary

Thursday, 22 August 2019

The Ordinary Skincare
Before becoming pregnant, I suffered with really sensitive and combination skin, with patches of dry. My skin would react in different ways to certain products and would sometimes sting, such as using exfoliators that would tear the skin and cause me to break out and go red. My skin would be dry around my forehead and around my nose and I was really oily within my t-zone, sometimes to the point that my nose would 'leak' oil, it really was not the best. I have never really been happy with my skin and always found it a struggle to find a skincare routine to suit me.

That was up until I came across The Ordinary skincare products, I searched for products that were suited to my skin and would cause me the less irritation and make my skin feel and look so much better than it already was. I did think at first it was the pregnancy that was making my skin feel worse, but I soon realised that it was just my skin in general and my skin just didn't like certain products, which I have come to eliminate from my bathroom cabinet. So I thought I would give The Ordinary a go, from what I had looked up and so far, my skin is the best it has ever felt.

The Ordinary Skincare

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

(Althought not recommended for 'sensitive skin', this product works for me!) This is essentially my 'exfoliator', I have decided that exfoliators with materials inside them created to remove dead skin from my face are a bit too abrasive, so needed an alternative that would be kinder to my skin. I find that using this solution works well as an exfoliation product and help smooths out my skin, by gently removing dead skin cells and reveals brighter skin.  The ingredients in the toning solution help with irritation and redness, reduces inflammation and enhances radiance.

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

Trying to find moisturisers that fit my skin can be quite a pain, especially with suffering with an oily t-zone, they can tend to make my skin look oiler or just not soak into my skin properly. I tend to apply this moisturiser once I have finished applying any serums, etc as it is always my finishing layer when it comes to my skincare routine, whether it be my daytime skincare routine or just before I go to bed. It definitely gives my skin the hydration that it so desperately needs in places, especially around my nose area where I am really prone to dry skin.

The Ordinary Skincare

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Breaking out in random blemishes and being really oily is definitely one of my worst skin traits. My face creates a lot of sebum, which in turns makes my face really congested and then spots and blackheads start to appear. It really doesn't help that I have very large pores on my face which then become congested. I found that the Niacinamide and Zine helped in terms off helping with the congestion, by balancing sebum production in the skin and helps to brighten the skin all at the same time. It reduces the appearance of blemishes, redness, enlarged pores, uneven tone and oily skin - all of which describes the skin on my face perfect. I find this product does exactly what it says and I have found my skin to be a lot less oilier and finding my pores to be minimalistic.

Squalane Cleanser

This is definitely the perfect cleanser for my face (including my trusty oil cleanser from The Body Shop!). It is suitable for all skin types, including my sensitive combination skin. I tend to use this as a first cleanse, as sometimes I find that one cleanse isn't enough for my skin, especially when it comes to feeling congested. It helps with the removal of makeup, which I do like in a cleanser, so I'm not washing either off separately to another. It's gentle on the skin and leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft, even before the moisturiser and serums have been applied to the face, just what my skin really needs.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Not one for the faint hearted in my honest opinion, when I first tried this product I thought I was having a mild reaction to the product, to find that it just creates a tingling sensation to the skin when it starts working it's magic. It is definitely a strong product and shouldn't be used once a day, it's a once a week type of product. I agree with Caroline Hirons when she says it should only be used by season pros, it is quite potent! It is another one of those products that helps treat the top layer of skin by removing dead skin and help revealing a brighter and clearer complexion - one I reach for when my skin needs that extra attention.
*Disclaimer: This is not a collaboration nor were the items gifted, I purchased The Ordinary products with my own money. All honest opinions, words and photographs are that of my own.

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