The Ordinary Skincare Guide


Glorious skincare - I could go on and on about it as it's a never-tiring topic for me. I have shared my current skincare routine in this post and the only thing that has changes is the fact I've run out of all cleansers - at the same time (don't you hate it when that happens?). My Estee Lauder ANR cleansing balm, GlamGlow Youth Cleanse cleanser and alverde Clear wash paste have altogether said farewell and I'm contemplating what to purchase next. In the meanwhile, I've promised to share my The Ordinary edit, how I've picked each item, what they're for and how to combine them.

The Ordinary simply does it for me you get pure ingredients in practical packaging for very reasonable prices. Layering them all isn't that complicated (regardless of how many products they actually have to offer) as the only thing to remember is that you shouldn't mix Niacinamide with Vitamin C. Also, if you're not an ingredient buff, do your research on products that are based on Vitamin C but don't have a clear indication of its presence based on their names (e.g. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%). I currently own a total of five The Ordinary products - let's start from my most loved towards least loved (mini reviews style) and at the end I'll lay out my weekly skincare plan.

Matrixyl 10% + HA  (£10.35 | 30ml) is, hands down, the best skincare product I've tried in the last few years - not just best The Ordinary product but skincare item in general. There are short-term anti-wrinkle systems and long-term ones. Amongst the short-term are superficial treatments such as Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (or Argireline). Long-term systems attempt to boost collagen production or repair DNA - that's what Matrixyl is all about. There are different generations of Matryxil (basically, it's a peptide) but you don't have to choose as The Ordinary has put Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe'6 together at a combined concentration of 10%. They are supposed work synergistically to mimic the appearance of broken down collagen, causing your skin to react by producing more collagen, as well as elastin. It will take a bit more time to fully demonstrate the effect on my skin but I can already tell you that it's pretty clear this stuff works within a few first applications. My forehead wrinkles, wrinkles around my mouth (quite pronounced) and first under-eye wrinkles have softened drastically since I've started to use Matrixyl. P.S. HA stands for hyaluronic acid -  many of The Ordinary products have HA added but also sell it individually.

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (£6.38 | 30ml) is a miracle worker! This dicarboxylic acid is naturally derived from grains, including wheat and barley. It's primarily used to treat rosacea as it has incredible anti-inflammatory powers, but it is also known to ease acne-prone skin. It treats rosacea by decreasing the swelling and redness of the skin. It treats acne by killing the bacteria that infect pores and by decreasing production of keratin, a natural substance that can lead to the development of acne. Tbh, exactly how it works is unknown, but it may block production of proteins necessary for the bacteria to survive. It is a multi-functional support ingredient for all skin types and also acts as an effective antioxidant and brightens the skin. This formula offers a very high 10% concentration of high-purity azelaic acid in a lightweight cream-gel system. You can use it in AM and PM but ideally at PM, followed by an SPF during day. It does exactly as mentioned above: I don't suffer from rosacea but I get flushed often, small bumps and blemishes attack my skin yet all are pretty much non-existent lately. Tip: don't layer with oils as it pills underneath them - personally, I prefer to use it alone at night.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (£5.91 | 30ml) I am equally in love with as with azelaic acid! Together, they've replaced my usual HG skin-brightening and blemish-zapping combo of LRP Effaclar Duo+ and Alpha-H Liquid Gold. Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Among these benefits is the ability to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface. On the other hand, zinc is also a very helpful ingredient. It works as an antioxidant, helps heal and rejuvenate skin and boosts immune function, thus helping control inflammatory response - reduced acne flare-ups. These two ingredients together have helped heal blemish scarring way quicker than anything else, my skin overall feels a lot more even and has been less oily.

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (£10.35 | 30ml) is in my routine as rosehip oil is an old favorite of mine - from Acure to alverde, it has been so good to my skin from the get-go. This formulation uses 100% pure rosehip seed oil that is both cold-pressed and organic. It is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A. It has been shown to reduce signs of photo-ageing and many other skin conditions. Overall, this is a fail-safe oil which I use on my face, body, dry patches, hands, cuticles and end of hair. This particular rosehip oil is a bit more viscose and thicker than Acure and alverde. It heals and repairs skin perfectly but the texture and smell are not my favorite.

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (£6.62 | 30ml) isn't inefficient but it seems like one of those products that will take heck of time to show any effect - or none at all. The light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Studies have indicated that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite. My night shifts sometimes leave me puffy and with dark circles and I'm afraid nothing except sleep and regular water intake can help this. I may start using this product on my legs - I will get back to you if I note any changes.

My weekly regimen: Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG I layer every morning and night before Clinique Pep-Start eye cream. Matrixyl 10% + HA I layer underneath OK BIOCOSMETICS Botox cream during day and underneath any oil at night. 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil I use casually and I combine it with creams or use alone. Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I use interchangeably twice a week each - always at night (never together/at the same time). I have purchased The Ordinary products from BeautyBay but you can also order them from their official website

  • Neiscrpna tema o kojoj bih mogla neprestano da pričam i pišem je njega kože. Sa vama sam podijelila svoju trenutnu njegu kože lica u ovom članku (klik) i sve je ostalo isto, sa razlikom u tome što sam ostala bez čistača kože. U bukvalno istom danu sam potrošila svoj Estee Lauder ANR balzam za skidanje šminke, GlamGlow Youth Cleanse čistač i alverde Clear umivalicu (sa crvenim čepom). Već razmišljam šta bih slijedeće mogla nabaviti ali u međuvremenu, pošto sam obećala članak o The Ordinary proizvodima - želim da održim obećanje. U nastavku će biti riječi o proizvodima koje koristim, kako ih kombinujem, kako sam ih uopšte odabrala i na kraju posloženu rutinu koja njih uključuje.
  • The Ordinary mi kao preparativni brend u potpunosti odgovara jer se radi o čistim sastojcima u čisto funkcionalnom pakovanju po veoma povoljnim cijenama. Ne plaća se fensi brendiranje, fensi pakovanje ni marketing - taj direktan pristup bez okolišanja me i privukao ovom brendu. Iako u ponudi imaju mnogo proizvoda, njihovo kombinovanje uopšte nije komplikovano jer jedino što trebate zapamtiti jeste da se ne miješa Niacinamid sa vitaminom C. Također je bitno, ako se ne razumijete pretjerano u sastojke, da se informišete o proizvodima koji u nazivu nemaju jasno naznačeno da im je u bazi vitamin C (npr. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%) - baš radi pravilnog kombinovanja u rutini. Trenutno posjedujem pet The Ordinary proizvoda - započeti ću od najviše ka najmanje omiljenim (u vidu mini recenzija).
  • Matrixyl 10% + HA  (£10.35 | 30ml) mi je apsolutno najbolji preparativni proizvod koji sam isprobala u zadnjih par godina - ne samo najbolji The Ordinary proizvod, već uopšteno moj favorit! Kada je tretiranje bora u pitanju, pojednostavljeno možemo reći da postoje kratkoročni i dugoročni tretmani. Među kratkoročnim su relativno površinski poput Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (češće poznat kao Argirelin). Tretmanima koji djeluju dugoročno je ultimativni cilj da poboljšaju proizvodnju kolagena ili da saniraju oštećenja kože - i u tu priču dolazi sastojak matriksil. Postoje različite generacije matriksila, neke malo bolje od drugih, ali sa The Ordinary matriksilom ne morate birati jer se u ovoj bočici nalaze Matrixyl 3000 i Matrixyl Synthe'6 u zajedničkoj koncentraciji od 10%. Skupa oni djeluju tako što imitiraju izgled oštećene strukture kolagena na šta je reakcija kože proizvodnja kolagena i elastina. Biti će potrebno još neko vrijeme da demonstriram jasne rezultate na svojoj koži ali sam iskusila nevjerovatnu obnavljajuću moć ovog proizvoda već od prvih par upotreba. Bore na čelu, prve bore oko očiju i izraženije linije oko usta su sve postale dosta "mekše" i izgledaju mnogo blaže otkako mi je matriksil u upotrebi. P.S. HA u nazivu predstavlja hijaluronsku kiselinu - mnogi The Ordinary proizvodi je sadrže ali je brend prodaje i zasebno.
  • Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% (£6.38 | 30ml) - iza ovog naziva se krije azelainska ili azelaična kiselina koja je prirodni spoj dobijen od određenih žitarica (pšenica, ječam, raž). Azelainska kiselina se prvenstveno koristi za tretiranje rosacee zbog nevjerovatnih protuupalnih svojstava -  također se njom tretira i koža sklona aknama. Rosacei pomaže smanjujući otok i crvenilo a aknama tako što ubija bakterije u porama i smanjujući stvaranje keratina, čije nagomilavanje može dovesti do pojave akni. Još nisam pronašla precizno objašnjenje mehanizma djelovanja azelainske kiseline ali indicije su da ova kiselina blokira proizvodnju proteina potrebnog za opstanak bakterija. Kao sastojak, odgovara svim tipovima kože i ujedno je efektan antioksidans te posvjetljuje ten. The Ordinary formulacija sadrži visoku koncentraciju azelainske kiseline od 10% u formi nemasnog krem-gela. Možete ga koristiti ujutro i navečer ali navečer je možda bolje, uz korištenje krema sa zaštitnim faktorom preko dana. Lično ne patim od rosacee ali mi se nekada pojavi "goruće" crvenilo obraza a nekada mi se pojave i bubuljice, kao i neravna tekstura kože. Ja uopšte nemam te probleme otkako koristim azelainsku kiselinu! Savjet: nemojte mazati preko nje ulja jer se tada ovaj gel počne malo grudvati pod prstima.
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (£5.91 | 30ml) je proizvod koji jednako cijenim kao azelainsku kiselinu. Njih dvoje su zajedničkim djelovanjem zamijenili moj inače HG dvojac LRP Effaclar Duo+ i Alpha-H Liquid Gold. Poznata kao B3, nikotinska kiselina tj. niacinamid, je vrlo efektan obnavljajući sastojak koji je idealan za tretiranje kože koja pokazuje znakove starenja. Pomaže kod sužavanja proširenih pora, ublažava neravnu površinu kože, smanjuje fine linije, vraća zdrav izgled umornom/sivom tenu i ojačava oslabljenu površinu kože. S druge strane, cink je također koristan sastojak. Djeluje kao antioksidans, pomaže kod obnavljanja kože, poboljšava imuni sistem što pomaže kod kontrolisanja upalnih reakcija kože - rezultat su i blaže i rijeđe upaljene akne. Niacinamid i cink su mi skupa pomogli kod blijeđenja ožiljaka, lice je dosta glađe, pore gotovo nevidljive, nema neravnina i čak se T-zona masti manje.
  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (£10.35 | 30ml) sam znala da neće biti greška kupiti. Ulje divlje ruže tj. ulje šipka koristim već dugo, od Acure do alverde brenda, i uvijek mi je odgovaralo potrebama kože. Ova formulacija jeste 100% čisto, organsko i hladno prešano ulje šipka bez primjesa. Bogato je linolnom i linolenskom kiselinom te provitaminom A. Pokazalo se vrlo efikasno za tretiranje ožiljaka, opekotina, oštećenja kože i upalnih bolesti. U kozmetici se koristi i za tretiranje bora, strija, hiperpigmentacija. Kod mene ima raznovrsnu upotrebu - koristim ga na licu, tijelu, rukama, zanokticama, suhim laktovima, petama i koljenima te na krajevima kose. The Ordinary ulje šipka je više viskozno, gušće od prethodnih koje sam koristila. Radi svoj posao bez greške ali gustoća i miris mi nisu najdraži. 
  • Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (£6.62 | 30ml) ne bih rekla da je neefikasan proizvod ali mi se čini da će morati proći jako, jako dugo vremena prije nego pokaže i najmanje rezultate (bude li ih uopšte). Ova nemasna, lagana formulacija sadrži inače veoma visoku 5% koncentraciju kofeina čije je djelovanje kombinovano sa EGCG-om (Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside) iz lišća zelenog čaja. Istraživanja su pokazala indicije da topična primjena kofeina i EGCG-a smanjuje natečenost i tamni izgled okoloočnog područja. Također istraživanja sugerišu i da ova kombinacija pomaže kod smanjenja celulita. Zbog rada u noćnim smjenama često patim od natečenosti i tamnih kolutova. Nažalost, nisam pronašla ništa osim sna i dovoljnog unosa vode što bi iole pomoglo. Pokušati ću koristiti ovaj tretman na nogama - javim se sa dojmovima.
  • Moj sedmični režim upotrebe: Svako jutro i svaku noć prvo nanosim Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG prije Clinique Pep-Start okoloočne kreme. Matrixyl 10% + HA nanosim ispod OK BIOCOSMETICS Botox kreme tokom dana i ispod bilo kog ulja za lice tokom noći. Slobodnija sam sa upotrebom 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil - recimo, po potrebi (samostalno ili u kombinaciji sa kremama). Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% i Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% koristim (svaki) po dva puta sedmično noću ali - nikada iste noći, već naizmjenično. The Ordinary preparativu sam kupila sa BeautyBay stranice ali se može naručiti i preko njihove oficijelne web stranice 

Matrixyl 10% + HA

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

Aqua (Water), Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Azelaic Acid, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Isohexadecane, Tocopherol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Isoceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Triethanolamine, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Rosa Canina Seed Oil.

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

Aqua (Water), Caffeine, Propanediol, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Hyaluronic Acid, Oxidized Glutathione, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Xanthan gum, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Propyl Gallate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Benzyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

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  1. Draga Selma odličan post!
    Jučer su mi stigli The Ordinary proizvodi, ali ih još ne koristim (prvo ide fotkanje!!!).
    Zanima me što stavljaš na lice nakon Niacinamida? Neku hidratantnu kremu?????
    Nisam davno kometnirala na tvom blogu, ali pratim svaki post :)
    Puno lipih proizvoda imaš...tjeraš me u trošak ;)
    Pusa iz Splita!

    1. Jao, to oko čekanja da se sve pofotka - totalno razumijem te slatke blogerske muke :D

      Iskreno, ne stavljam ništa nakon Niacinamida - ostalo mi nakon Alpha-H LIquid Gold da neke proizvode samostalno koristim. I mogu ti reći da nemam potrebu stavljati ništa preko jer su mi ujutro rezultati fantastični. Iako, možda bih (da je hladnije vrijeme) najvjerovatnije koristila neki serum preko.

      Hvala puno što pratiš i svaki komentar mnogo cijenim ❤

      I ja tebi šaljem poljupce iz Sarajeva! :*