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I am extremely fortunate and grateful to be able to share with you a guest post from a Spiker, Jill Horne, who emailed me with some detail about The Ordinary products and it was so good I thought it deserved to be shared, in full. 

Take it away, Jill! 

“Some background on my skin – I’ve just turned 36 and have never ever had good skin.  I’ve never had acne but it’s always been spotty and just generally pretty awful.

I have also been through a litany of skincare products and brands. Most have come recommended by well meaning beauticians or friends or ladies on make up counters offering a guaranteed product that would solve my skin issues and always left me feeling let down.

On top of that I went on to develop very prominent patches of melasma after my second son was born two years ago (two boys aged 5 and 2).  A friend sent me a link to a beauty article on melasma by Sali Hughes in which she mentioned The Ordinary’s “Vitamin C Suspension 23% HA Spheres 2%” – honestly what does that even mean as a product name?!

Anyway, I ordered and tried it – it stings a bit when you first start using it but after two kids that wasn’t really up there on my discomfort radar.  I saw a dermatologist a few months back (massive waiting list on the NHS) and she agreed I should keep using the product.

I checked my “before” photos of the patches and what an amazing difference after a few months.  This could partly be due to it being winter and the patches will get lighter without being exposed to sunlight (I live in the North of Scotland so not much danger of sunshine in the Winter at all) but it has definitely helped to lighten them.

Long story, but this then got me interested in the brand itself.  I looked at their website and it is insanely full of products that didn’t mean anything to me.  I saw a lot of beauty articles/social media buzz about their products but that doesn’t make me part with hard earned cash on its own.

I hate being beaten by anything so I spent a few nights going back and forward on the website and the various regimes they recommend.  I had congested skin with spots and blocked pores and dry patches.  I took a look at the regimes and mixed and matched my own combination which is:

  1. Cleanse with Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser to take off make up
  2. A dropper of Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (recommended for congestion but who knows what it is)
  3. A dropper of Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum (their all round super serum)
  4. A dropper of 100% Plant-Derived Squalane (for rehydration – this is bloody amazing stuff for me)

I’m not one for picking up the latest trend especially on facial products having been sold just about everything in the past (Dermalogica, Clarins, Clinique, Liz Earle etc) so I thought I would give it a go for a few weeks.

I just checked and it’s been a month I’ve been using the products for now.  My husband mentioned last night my skin was really soft.  I would have to grow a second ugly head before he would say that anything about me physically wasn’t lovely – bless – but that doesn’t help when you’re trying to do a scientific review of skin products.  I asked my sister for a second opinion and she said “your skin looks amazing, it feels gorgeous”.

She also doesn’t have great skin so she knows what she’s talking about.  It really is the best I have ever seen it.  I’m so chuffed and will be continuing to use it until a) something goes wrong with my skin again or b) the end of time!

I do wish it was a touch easier to get to the bottom of what to buy for your skin type.  I love their little glass bottles with dropper tops – makes me feel like I’m an alchemist at bedtime and the price is fantastic.

This is also a plus as I’m being made redundant at the end of March and taking the rest of this year off (takes a deep breath and keeps chanting “it’ll be fine”).  Currently on gardening leave and missing the mental challenge already hence the massively long email about skin care but when it works, I want to shout it from the roof top!

Oh and this week a fourth product arrived which is the bright red/purple “AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution” which is an 10 minute exfoliating facial. (you rinse it off).  It contains beetroot so the colour is intense and freaked the kids out on Sunday when I used it.  I had to reassure the youngest that my face was fine and not in fact bleeding!  This is apparently quite serious stuff so no longer than 10 minutes once a week.  I’ve only used it once so can’t fairly comment but I’m interested to see how it goes with this.”

THANK YOU JILL! Any Londoners – The Ordinary have a store in Covent Garden and it is definitely on my list to go and quiz an actual person who can see my shitty skin so they will tell me exactly what I need.

Now let’s all say a nice big thank you in the comments box and send her the best wishes for a fabulous new job/career. Sali Hughes, watch out!