The Ordinary Review: Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Buffet

Hello Friends,

It's been a very long time since my last review on the Son & Park's Beauty Water.  So here's another one of my reivews on some very affordable but, effective skin care products.  I first came across The Ordinary at my own beauty drug store. But it was really Gothamista's in-depth review on a bunch of their products that really hooked me onto the brand. I decided to give the Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA and the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Buffet serum a go. I've been trying out these products, for a good two months and felt it was time to finally share some of my thoughts!

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  • Protects the outer layer of the skin. 
  • Contains amino acids and natural moisturising factors (NMF) that deeply nourish the skin allowing it to produce more collagen and elastin. 
  • Soothes and repairs damaged/minor sun damage. 
  • Non-greasy and long-lasting hydration

My Opinion:

I really enjoyed this moisturiser! Let me start from the packaging. It's extremely easy to control the amount of product you wish to use and contains a click close seal between each use, keeping it clean and hygienic.  It's fuss free design makes using the product quick and easy to use on a daily basis.  The moisturiser itself upon first use has a very smooth and creamy consistency. When applied it blends and absorbs into the skin after a few minutes. If you have a particularly oily skin type, you might not enjoy the finish and texture of this product as it has a thicker consistency.  Despite being a thicker consistency it does not feel heavy or greasy on the skin. I highly recommend it for those with combination or dryer skin types, like myself. 

Overtime, I did notice that the consistency of the cream wasn't as smooth. It started to develop a quite a lumpy appearance in its texture. It looked odd. Despite that, it still applied the same as usual and moisturised my skin well. So not to worry! I also noticed that, they don't give you very much product. I used this product in the day and night and ran out of it just after 6 weeks. Having said that, it is quite a cheap moisturiser for just $9.80 AUD. Overall, I thought it was a good moisturiser with many long term benefits.

  • My skin immediately feels hydrated and plump. It feels quite heavy at first but absorbs well into the skin after a few minutes. 
  • It sits well underneath make up, once it has fully absorbed into the skin. 
  • I've experienced longer lasting hydration and addresses my dryness concentrated mostly around my nose and forehead. 

  • Targets all the multiple signs of ageing. 
  • Improves skin texture
  • Active ingredients such as matrixyl in this serum targets collagen production and repairs skin damage. 

My Opinion:

I had only been using this serum for a little over a week and had already noticed some changes in my skin. It truly is a multi-vitamin serum, and for the price, you'll easily be obsessed with the entire The Ordinary line of serums. Firstly packaging! Most of the serums in the The Ordinary line have a simple design and all have a smooth frosted glass bottle finish. All their serums are dispensed through a dropper, which can then be screwed tightly between each use.

The texture is quite watery and once applied becomes a more tacky texture. I highly suggest using a patting motion whenever you apply your serums to ensure that the product fully absorbs. After applying the buffet you'll still feel a slightly tacky texture on your skin. However, after once the serum has fully absorbed, your skin feels quite hydrated and smooth!

  • After using the serum for a total of 8 weeks my skin looks a lot brighter and feels a lot firmer. 
  • My skin texture has improved as my skin feels a lot smoother and appears more even. 
  • It has boosted my skin's hydration, even without a moisturiser layered on top (although, I highly recommend you still follow up with a moisturiser after applying a serum). 

  • "High-Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula"
  • Reduce the appearance of blemished skin and sebum production. 

My Opinion: 

My first impression of this serum was overwhelming, simply by its name. But it's really not as scary as it looks:

Niacinamide is an amazing skin care ingredient doing so many great things for our skin over the long term. It improves fine lines, large pores, brightens dull skin and strengthens the skins surface.

Zinc, in skin care products aims to heals and balances the skin's oil production. It's also an antioxidant which means it aids the development of free radicals.

Just like the Buffet serum, the packaging and texture is almost identical. However, the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, is a slightly thicker texture, which also means that it does take much longer to absorb into the skin. It's also feels much sticker and more hydrating than the Buffet. I sometimes found myself patting in the serum for ages, with an excess amount of product. Patting this into the skin does take a while and a little does go a long way.

  • I have a lot of pores on my nose and in matter of 5 weeks my pores did appear much smaller. However, they did not get any smaller than they were in the 5th week of using the serum. Pore size and results might vary depending, on your current skin care routine and your genetics. But I do recommend using The Ordinary line of serums for atleast 8-10 weeks, if you want to see significant results. 
  • This serum definitely does not unblock pores. Definitely stick to your acids (AHA/BHA) to unclog and exfoliate your skin. 
  • Made my breakouts fade and heal faster. Also note, if you have cracked or open skin and you decide to apply this serum, it will burn, a lot. So make sure you avoid sensitive areas of your skin that might still be new and healing.

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Let me know how your The Ordinary experience goes!!
That's all for this one. Hope this helps. 
Kat x 


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