I have found affordable skincare that works!!
This is not a sponsored post. The products were purchased, online, by me and all opinions are my own.
During the summer of my undergraduate years at University I worked in the Product Development department of a surfactant company. Surfactants are anything that changes the surface tension of water. Think soap and conditioner or fabric softener. There are many other uses for surfactants to be put to: for instance the covering on the outside of each seed on the expensive grass seed you buy is made possible by surfactants. The spray on poly-urethane insulation so popular on the home improvement TV shows – surfactants!
I worked in Personal Care and learned more than you ever want to know about how these products are made and what goes into them. Even the simplest shampoo is a complicated formulation. First, you have the part that cleans, then you need it to lather, and the lather should be silky and not last too long, the hair and scalp need to feel certain ways to please the consumer, and on and on. Most of what goes into this simple shampoo has nothing to do with the hair getting clean. Then the whole mix must be stable through multiple freeze/thaw cycles and several weeks in a 65 ֯C oven. These are to make certain it has a shelf life and will not separate. Hand soap, skin care, laundry products are all the same. They are made mostly of marketing.
I tend to be wary of product claims.
Because of this experience, I tend to be wary of product claims. In the US the ingredients must be listed in descending order of predominance. If there is less than 1% of the substance it can be listed in any order. The rule we used in the lab was if the active ingredients are not in the first 8-10 then there will be only minute (less than 1%) amounts of it even if it is in the eleventh spot on the label. (Note: If NaCl or Sodium Chloride appears in the first ten ingredients put it back and walk away. NaCl is used as a stabilizing agent to get the product to survive the shelf-life testing I outlined above and if there is a lot of salt then it is not a good formulation.)
I stumbled across Deciem in a web magazine I subscribe to. The VITA daily http://www.vitadaily.ca/ Deciem is “The Abnormal Beauty Company”. www.deciem.com Their website is comprehensive and I recommend giving it a good read and having a look at the Regimen Guide. I enjoy all the information and detail. The focus is on the ingredients in the formulations and what they are there to do. There is no fluff; no promises of poreless-ness or looking a decade younger in a few weeks. Just data!
The Deciem products intrigued me because of their very low price point with claims of significant levels of active ingredients. The Ordinary line is their least expensive. Ordinary Skincare
“The Ordinary is an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare. The brand was created to celebrate integrity in its most humble and true form. Its offering is pioneering, not in the familiar technologies it uses, but in its honesty and integrity. The Ordinary is born to disallow commodity to be disguised as ingenuity. The Ordinary is “Clinical formulations with integrity“. (Deciem)
Their integrity extends to a 365- day full refund policy!!
The packaging of the Ordinary products is very subtle and elegant. Gender neutral. My sons have said they would have no problem buying these.
After reading the Regimen guide and the details about al the products. I settled on three products. It is tempting to buy more but I decided three could be properly evaluated.
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For day time The Buffet and Natural Moisturizing factors +HA (Hyaluronic Acid)
Buffet, CND$14.80, 30 ml Multi-Technology Peptide Serum
Water free, alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan and cruelty-free.
“The Formula combines a comprehensive array of studies technologies to target multiple signs of aging at once.” (Deciem)
It is a serum with enough thickness so that it doesn’t run all over your fingers and spreads evenly onto your skin. It absorbs quickly. There is no stinging or warmth.
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, CND$ 5.80, (not typo!) 30 ml, Surface Hydration Formula
Alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, cruelty-free.
“Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) are elements that keep the outer layer of the skin protected and well-hydrated. NMF are made up of multiple amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and many other compounds that are naturally present in the skin. ” (Deciem)
I REALLY like this product. I have oily skin that is dry (or is it dry skin that is oily?). Most moisturizers end up making the oily part worse. I look like an oil slick – we passed “dewy” a long time ago – and my foundation ends up sliding off. Put on enough powder to get some matte and I look like my Great Aunt Winn who always looked like she had an accident with the flour in the kitchen. The NMF + HA is brilliant. My skin is soft and comfortable but there is no oil slick. My makeup goes on nicely and stays put. It works with my current primer too. It is possible that this would be good for all skin types in summer but dry skin might need a little something more. But I am guessing here.
For night treatment I chose from their Vitamins and Retinoid section. I have not had good experiences with retinoids so I avoided them for the moment. I have had some positive results with Vitamin C products so I went with the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres. The Ordinary Guide to Vitamin C is very useful reading so that you choose the product that is right for you. http://theordinary.com/vitcguide
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres, CND$5.80, A water-free, Silicone-Free stable suspension.
Water-free, alcohol-free, oil-free, silicone-free, nut-free, vegan, cruelty-free.
“The format of this formula is a suspension of very fine L-Ascorbic Acid powder and, as such, provides the most direct exposure of extremely high concentrations of Vitamin C”
This product is described as a heavy serum and has high sting potential. It definitely stings so if that’s not your thing there are other choices.
I use this every other night at the moment. I am very careful to get this nowhere near my eyes or lips.The waterless suspension of the L-Ascorbic powder maintains the activity of the product and it does not appear to oxidize the Vitamin C once it is opened like so many other Vitamin C products I have tried.
I bought these three products in late November. They work! I have noticed smaller pores, less redness, some fading of age and sun related dark spots, and very soft skin. The improvement was noticeable in the first week and has continued for the three months I have been using them.
The price point can not be matched and the quality and effectiveness of the products are excellent.
My interactions with customer service have been delightful and I’m going back for more!! Take a look for yourself http://www.deciem.com.
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(Deciem. “Clinical Formulations with Integrity | A DECIEM Brand.” The Ordinary. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2017.)