The Ordinary Products on Dark Skin | First Impressions and Initial Review

The Ordinary Products on Dark Skin | First Impressions and Initial Review

I have heard about these Ordinary products since the beginning of the year but I didn’t really look into it. Just because I thought it was all about the hype. However, recently, I decided to invest more into my skincare regime and find products that work for my skin and these Ordinary products popped up again. They are very affordable and have received good reviews so I figured that I might as well give them a shot. 

The great thing about The Ordinary products is that they use the proven ingredients which are effective in skin care and are found in high-end skincare products, but they are very very affordable. The highest priced product is £13.00 and the lowest is £4.00 which is so affordable for quality skin care.

My main questions were when I started to look into these products were would it work with my skin type and more importantly does it work well on black skin.

Before you start rolling your eyes, it is proven that black skin is different from Caucasian skin so don’t at me! And with black skin you are more prone to hyperpigmentation and discolouration due to the melanin, so I really wanted to know will these Ordinary products work for me, since I will be honest, I didn’t see many reviews from women of colour. 

So I went on a quest to buy some of their products. I was completely baffled with all the oils and acids available on their website so I had to take a step back. When you go the website you see so many different products, it is hard to figure out what you need. I asked myself what do I want to my skincare to target, what issues do I want to address:

I want to target pigmentation issues and I want a smooth, clearer and even complexion.

Once I finalised what I wanted out of my skin care, it gave me more direction to the products that I wanted. So these are the products I got. I created a little routine for myself and started trying it out. Let me be honest with you guys though, I am a soap and water type of girl, then with a moisturiser. Heck, I only start moisturising my face less than two years ago! So skincare routines are abit alien to me. Don’t get me wrong, I remove my makeup, but that is it. Adding 6 new products to my skincare was a challenge for me, but I wanted to see if it made a difference to my skin.

I will give my final verdict after I have tried the products for a couple of weeks in Part 2.

You can buy the Ordinary products from here.




100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil – £9.00 (Used in the PM)

This is a non greasy facial oil from rose hip seeds. It is supposed to hydrate skin and promote radiance. It is also good for getting rid of acne scars.

I use this at night and I wake up to super soft skin which I love. At first I was abit wary about putting oil on my oily skin but it works at balancing my skin, and my skin absolutely loves it.


Advanced Retinoid 2% – £8.00 (Used in the PM)

This is a water based serum with two advanced retinoids.  It improves wrinkles, dark spots and signs of aging. I have never used retinoids but it is great for anti-aging. I don’t have wrinkles and I want to keep it that way! The only thing about using Retinoids is that you need to use Sun Protection with this, because it makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays which cause wrinkles!


Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA – £7.00 (Used in the AM)

This is a water based brightening serum with alpha arbutin and hydraloronic acid. It fades hyperpigmentation and dark spots. To be honest, I didn’t have a clue about what this acid did, I had to research it. When I apply it, it is light and easily absorbed into the skin which is good. It is easy to layer other products on top which makes it easy to work with. Oh yeah, none of these products have a particular smell as they are fragrance, they smell light and refreshing but no smell of chemicals.


Buffet – £13.00 (Used in the AM and PM)

This is also a water based serum with multi aging technologies. It diminishes wrinkles, dark spots and all signs of aging. Again I bought this to keep my skin soft and supple. I like this serum…really like this serum which is why I use it in the morning and evening. My skin loves this serum as well. This is one of my favourite products.


Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA – £4.90 (Used in the AM)

This is a lightweight moisturiser with compounds found naturally in skin. It hydrates and protects skin from moisture loss. I found this moisturiser light and non-greasy for my oily skin.


Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (Used in the AM and PM)

This is a water based serum with Salicylic Acid. It is used for fighting acne and promotes even, clear skin. I use this in the morning and the night straight after I have cleansed my face. At first I thought it was a toner, but it is more of solution that you apply to areas where you are likely to get spots.



It is abit too early for me to judge if these products are working for my skin (which is why I will do another post on this), but I can give my first impressions. Now, I cant lie, applying all these products in the day and night is hella long! It doesn’t take me more than 10 mins to apply, but I am just lazy! Every day I had to force myself to follow through the routine. The first thing I noticed was that my skin felt softer and more smoother which is fab! Also, I have ezcema around my mouth and that has completely cleared! My manager at work commented that I look really rested and well which is saying alot since I haven’t been sleeping at all! So all in all, it seems as though these products are working but I guess time will tell!


Have you tried the Ordinary products before? What did you think?


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