Ladies, gentlemen, non-binary people, etc., skincare is something we should all invest in because we all have skin and it’s important to take care of it. I just turned 20, so I know my skin is at its prime, but it won’t last forever and before I know it I’ll start aging because that’s how the world works.

If you need to hear this from a doctor here it is, “How well you cared for your skin from a young age and, more importantly, how much you limited sun exposure before age 20 can make a difference in wrinkle formation. But there are still certain inevitable changes that are going to take place.” This is a quote from dermatologist David Goldberg, MD, director of Skin, Laser and Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey. The gist of that is we need to give a sh*t about our skin unless we want to look like wrinkly old raisins and to protect our skin from harm.

But skincare is so expensive?! False. This is not always the case. Alas, my solution for you: The Ordinary. The Ordinary is an awesome brand from DECIEM that sells affordable and good quality skincare products. They don’t tests on animals or pay people to, and are free of harmful ingredients like parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and more. You can find this information on their About page!

I was first introduced to this brand after watching Hyram, a skincare specialist on YouTube. I knew if I was going to spend money on skincare I wanted to make sure the products I’d be using aren’t harmful to the environment or my skin and being counterproductive. I think you’d be surprised how skincare brands that claim to be good for your skin are exaggerating the “claimed” effects and manipulate their customers to believe them with crafty wording and distracting, aesthetic packaging. That’s a whole other issue, so back to the point. In one of his videos, Hyram explains The Ordinary is so affordable because the brand doesn’t spend money on advertising. This made a lot of sense to me because I had never heard of the brand or seen any sort of ad prior to the video.

After watching The Truth About The Ordinary video and a few other by Hyram, I ultimately purchased the Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum, and AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. The product names are intimidating, but trust me on this. I bought my items online from Sephora, but Ulta also carries The Ordinary and for these three items, I only paid $18.90. Insanity, I know. As for my personal review, I love these items. I use the serum every morning and night, the peeling solution once a week as recommended, and the moisturizer at night since I use one with SPF (important!) during the day. Plus, a little goes a long way so I know these products with last me a while. If you’re wondering, I have fair, combination skin, and little to no acne. My skin isn’t uber sensitive, but I definitely can’t slap on anything and it’s fine. I also tend to break out around that time of the month and see this stuff working as its progressively gotten better. My skin also just looks better now that I’m giving a sh*t about it. I don’t think I ever completely neglected it, but I was doing the bare minimum for sure.

I think this brand is so cool and I really hope this post gives it some more hype because it deserves it. Go check out The Ordinary and watch Hyram on YouTube! Choose fair and performative products, whether its The Ordinary or not.

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