The Ordinary – ” Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ” Review

 

Hello my lovely people ! Long time no see ! 🙂

Sorry for not being quite active with the blog in the past few months, but I’m getting back to it at full speed ! I’ll be also changing some things regarding the posts and their format, just to spice things up. Writing solely product reviews is a bit boring and too plain for my taste, so keep an eye on some new and exciting changes ! 🙂 Reviews are still of course the core of this blog, so with that being said, here comes a product review from the long-awaited The Ordinary round #2 haul and the  ” Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA ” cream . Of course, skippity skip whatever section you want ! 🙂

 

 

Packaging

 

When it comes to The Ordinary creams, most of them come in a standard, plastic, grayish-off white squeeze tube packaging. Nothing fancy schmancy. Description in 4 words – basic,simple,efficient and clean. The flip top is also pretty sturdy. The cardboard box is again the same as with all of their products. (I’m pretty much repeating myself in this section of the review each time xD ). As usual, you get 30 ml of product, made in Canada, with a shelf life of 12 months after opening. On a side note – You can also get a bigger tube, containing 100 ml of product.

 

 

About the product & the ingredients

 

 

Ok, so, when I first saw this product, like most people I thought that this long ass title was just that – a long ass title. But, boy was I mistaken. ” Natural Moisturizing factors ” a.k.a NMF is an actual thing. You’re probably thinking now, so – What the hell is that ? In short – Something that our skin already has and will receive with wide open arms when applied topically. Once again, some of you will be like : ” Huh? “. Well, no worries, I’ll break it down for you. 🙂

When we’re young, our skin is smooth and supple. Why ? Because, our skin has all these components that help her from the inside, to look and feel like that. Now, water has a huge impact on that, especially in the top horny layer (a.k.a stratum corneum) of the skin’s epidermis. In plain English – the surface of our skin. Unfortunately, water can evaporate very easily ( somethin’ called transepidermal water loss a.k.a TEWL) . To prevent that from happening, we need something that will fixate water in that horny layer. This way, our skin won’t end up looking dry, dehydrated or scaly.

Imagine an event and a celebrity walking down the aisle. You know those crowds of ecstatic, yelling fans? And the bodyguards that form a living wall around the carpet, to prevent the fans from getting too close? Well, NMF would be that group of guards, keeping the fans (water) to stay back behind the rope ( inside the horny layer).

 

 

So, “Natural moisturizing Factors” a.k.a NMF gives a protective barrier against surface hydration loss. What does NMF contain? – a mixed complex of water-soluble low molecular weight substances, present in our skin. So what does this product do? It contains those same components we already have in our skin and tries to help reconstructing the skins’ own NMF.

The components in this product are:  Amino acids,triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid. Most of these ingredients are used in products especially designed for dry skin or in products that are supposed to be used in places that are environmentally very dry.

Our skin’s NMF composition

Ingredients like Urea, Amino acids, sodium salts of PCA, are very hygroscopic – like sponge, they capture water. This way they can prevent or heal dryness, dehydration and scalling by moisturizing.

 *The product is silicone, alcohol, nut & oil free. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.*

Application and impressions

 

 

So, this is a medium-thick cream, with no scent, like all of the other Ordinary products. Since it’s a bit thicker in consistency, you do need to rub it in a bit more. When it comes to the product itself, I have no complaints. Sinks in quickly, no greasy residue. It didn’t break me out, nor did I have any issues with applying it beneath my makeup. Everything runs smoothly over it.

As you know, my skin is combo, can get dehydrated in winter and it’s more on the oily side in summer. The way I used it in winter was as a sealer, meaning, as the last layer in my routine after my serums or oils at night, and my skin loved it that way.

In my opinion, this isn’t a cream strong enough to use on its own. As a sealer, it’s great for all skin types, but on its own – Only for really oily skin. Reason why I say this, is because a lot of people still don’t layer their skin care, so I’m giving them a heads up. For really dry skin I would probably recommend it after an oil, like the Squalane one. Deciem also recommends this product mainly as a form of a sealer, so I definitely agree with them on that.

Do I recommend ?

 

Yep :). If you’re in need of a gentle, every day moisturizer to use as a sealer, you have sensitive skin and avoid fragrance, you have really oily skin and don’t need a lot, go for it. Also a good thing about this product is that you can get the smaller tube for a tryout and if you like it, you can get the bigger tube, since you’ll probably go through the smaller tube quite fast, if you use it day & night. It’s also pretty inexpensive, coming at around 5.80 € for a 30 ml tube and at 7.70 € for the 100 ml tube, and I bought it via BeautyBay. I would personally go for the bigger tube, since the price difference isn’t that big, compared to the amount of product you get at that price difference.

 

Hope my review was informative enough!

Enjoy your week guys! 😊

X

BelgradePixie

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Disclaimer : I bought this product with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.

 

 

References :

  • Medical booklet by Provital Group  . The information they provided is based on the following materials (some of them are available online ) :
  • Soler C. Protección de la piel frente al frío. Acófar 2005; nº438.
  • Carbajo Espejo JM, Ruiz manso R, del Tío Moreno R. Hidratación cutánea (y II). AULAdelafarmacia,
    2004 p: 62-72.
  • Codina A. Hidratación cutánea y sustancias hidratantes. OFFARM, 2001; p: 93-96.
  • Challoner NI. et al. Cosmetic Proteins for Skin Care. Cosmetics & Toiletries 1997, 112 (12):51-63
    (ref.2453).
  • Tavera Zafra M. ¿Qué hay de nuevo en hidratación cutánea? Dermatol Pediatr Lat, 2005; 3(3):256-   260.
  • Pons Ll. Estrato córneo. OFFARM, 2004; 23(2): 166-168.
  • The Ordinary product page  .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ordinary ” Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10 % ” Review

Hi ! 😊

As you know, with this post I’m ending my first round from the Deciem series. So without further adieu, let’s start with my review of  The Ordinary – Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% .

As usual, I’ve divided this post into several sections :

Packaging

Unlike my previous products by The Ordinary, this product comes in a small grayish colored tube with a flip top, all nicely snuggled in a white cardboard box. Again, very simple sturdy packaging, with the instructions both in english and french. You get 30 ml of product, with a shelf life of 12 months after opening.

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About the product & the ingredients

When you start to use vitamin C in your skin care routine, I believe that the introduction of such antioxidants should be in a form of a gradual incline. By this, I mean when it comes to the form of vitamin C and its strength.

Most people start with pretty high strength vitamin C serums (e.g. 21%, 23%), I’m personally not for that, since you don’t actually know how your skin will react to it – it’s your first time using it in your routine, and it’s something new to the skin in such high concentrations ( although we all have some of it in our skin ) and also depends on the form of the vitamin you use. My approach was to start light (formulation wise) and low, and then work my way up, building my skin’s tolerance to it. This is the reason why I decided to start off with in my opinion – a entry-level vitamin C.

This is a cream moisturizer where the focus is on a single, key ingredient, in this case – Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate a.k.a MAP.

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MAP is a derivative, more stable form of vitamin C. It’s great for people with very sensitive skin, since it gives all the benefits of regular L-Ascorbic Acid, but without the side effects that sometimes come with other forms of vitamin C (redness, burning sensation, skin exfoliation etc.). In general, it’s less invasive and more gentle to the skin.

Now, it’s not considered as strong as L-Ascorbic Acid, so results with this form of vitamin C may vary ( in short – some people see major results, others don’t). It’s also supposed to be effective at level as low as 5% (here you have 10% strength MAP ).

Like other forms of vitamin C, MAP helps with signs of age, stimulates collagen production, helps with an uneven skin tone (brightening the complexion, suppressing melanin formation – Now, this is a pigment we all have in our skin, hair and eyes. When we get a tan, we should thank melanin for that bronze goddess glow 🤗. Also, when you get that stupid dark brown spot after a pimple, again – thank melanin for that 😒 ), helps with inflammations, and of course hydrates the skin. You could say, he can fix anything. From wrinkles to  dryness and dark spots, this product should help with it all. This is also a vegan and cruelty-free product.

Now for the COSDNA ingredients list :

Note : This way you can see if the product has any ingredients to which you’re allergic .

Magnesium

Application & impressions

This time we have a cream moisturizer, unlike our previous products that were both serums. This cream is of a lighter, slightly gritty texture, good for normal and my combination skin ( it would probably even suit oily), just in my opinion not rich enough for really dry skin. Little goes a long way, moisturizes nicely (altough it’s not its main purpose). Easy to work with and the skin absorbs it fast. Had no side effects like redness or burning, it’s very mild, as if you’re putting on a plain moisturizer.

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It’s meant to be used morning and/or evening after your water based serum (MAP is btw water-soluble) . I’ve used it only at night, but if you want to use it in the morning, don’t forget  your sunscreen ( “when you use Vitamin C products, skin is even more sensitive to sunlight “ – this is a very common misconception. I myself was told this numerous times and after looking into it in the last couple of months, realized it was completely false.

Vitamin C oxidizes easily, so a lot of vitamin C products come in airtight, dark glass bottles to slow down the process of deterioration as much as possible ( that’s why it changes color, when it goes “bad” ). When it comes to its benefits to the skin, it’s actually a great provider of photoprotection. Look at it as an extra shield underneath a sunscreen, since it doesn’t absorb UV light and neutralizes free radicals ( sunscreen blocks about 55% of free radicals, so using an antioxidant such as Vitamin C underneath, will boost our protection from sun damage). Also a great combo with vitamin C would be vitamin E. Together, they protect our skin cells ( their hydrophilic and lipophilic compartments). Some researches even say that this combo is not only useful as a great protection against UV damage, but also in the prevention of skin cancer in the future.

 

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Do I recommend?

 

Well, I’m in that category of people who didn’t see any difference after a whole tube, so that’s about, a month and a half. When it comes to the main issue where I wanted to see a change, my uneven skin tone ( area around my lips and chin), unfortunately, I didn’t see any difference with my skin after its use. Worked well when it comes to hydrating, but nothing more – I mean, for that, you can get a plain moisturizer. Maybe It’s just too mild for my skin, to show any real results. Now, will it work for you? – I don’t know. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. Since it’s pretty inexpensive (retail price 9,60 € /1189 rsd) and if you had really bad experiences with other forms of vitamin C, so your skin is super sensitive, maybe you can give it a go. We all have different skin. That’s in general the thing about skin care – there’s never something so universally perfect, that suits everyone ( of course there’s also stuff that’s just plain crap 😒 ) . In my case, I won’t be repurchasing it, and I’ll try another form of vitamin C.

Hope my review was informative enough!

Enjoy your weekend guys! 😊

X

BelgradePixie

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Disclaimer : I bought this product with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.

The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi – Technology Peptide serum / Review

Hello everybody ! 🤗

It’s time for my second review from the Deciem series !

Now, the name of this product can be a little confusing at first. But, in fact, it suits it just right. The term perfectly represents all the variety of ways in which a serum can help in fighting those first signs of age. Yep ! – This time I’m here with a review of the The Ordinary “ Buffet “ Multi – Technology Peptide serum. So- let’s get started! 😊

As always,  I’ve divided this review into several sections :

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Packaging

The packaging is pretty much the same as with their hyaluronic serum. You get 30 ml of product in a very sturdy muted glass bottle with a dropper. The cardboard box is also their standard matt white packaging, with the instructions in english & french. Again,  everything is simple, nothing fancy, which I like. Shelf life of the product is 12 months after opening.

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About the product & the ingredients

In this case,  we have an anti-aging serum, rich in several peptide complexes. Now – What are actually peptides?

So,  peptides are chains of amino acids. Every peptide has a different combo of these acids. When you combine several polypeptides together,  you get a certain protein, and as you know, proteins are one of our skin’s essential components (everything comes back to amino acids pretty much).

Again,  I’ll try to describe this as simple as possible.

Think of your skin, as and old brick wall… With age and environmental changes,  the wall sooner or later, starts to decay. First you see some cracks and crannies, but as the years go by, the plaster starts to fall off, later on,  even a brick or two start missing…The wall becomes weak and easy to tear down. So,  what do we do?  – We start to work on rebuilding the wall, fixing the plaster, replacing the missing and broken bricks. We try to restore its old appearance and strength, as much as possible. Now, you see here? These new bricks and plaster? – They’re made from our dear peptides. 😃

This serum contains 5 major peptide complexes : Syn-Ake, Matrixyl 3000, Matrixyl Synthe 6’, Argilerox, Relistase and a probiotic peptide complex, combined with some hyaluronic acid and other amino acids. Like with my previous review, first you’ll learn some interesting stuff about these peptide complexes. – So, let’s begin! 😊

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Syn-Ake : This is a synthetic peptide that mimics the effect of Waglerin 1, a peptide found in the Temple Viper’s venom (a nasty little green snake from South-East Asia). Its main purpose is in the anti-aging field, targeting expression lines.

So,  what does it do? – Well, it actually works just like Botox. It reduces the contractions of our facial muscles (you could say they are partly paralyzed) so there is less cell movement. This way, present wrinkles are smoothed out and less noticeable, while it’s preventing new ones from appearing. This synthetic form of snake venom was developed by a Swiss pharmaceutical company called Pentapharm.

Argilerox – You could say she’s like a cousin of Syn-ake.- Why? It works pretty much by the same principles as Syn-ake, meaning it’s very similar to Botox. It also reduces muscle contractions in our face and is great in diminishing glabellar lines ( those frown wrinkles between our eyebrows) and crow’s feet (the lines around our eyes that appear when we smile). This compound is actually used in between Botox injections to prolong their effect, and It’s developed by a spanish company called Lipotec.

Relistase – This stuff helps with skin tightness and elasticity. It reduces the work of elastase enzymes (that break down protein) in the connective tissue, to protect elastin, collagen and other proteins in our skin. This is also developed by Lipotec, Spain.

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Matrixyl 3000 – this is a peptide combo upgrade of regular Matrixyl. What this thing does, is that it stimulates the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin (this is what plain Matrixyl does), plus it also reduces the production of interleukin 6 molecules (these little guys scream – Mayday! Mayday! We’re under attack! Shift to fight (inflammation ) mode against the intruder ! ). So in this way,  it reduces inflammation & the skin matrix deterioration (in short, wrinkles and saggy skin – Goodbye !). This is developed by Sederma company, France.

Matrixyl Synthe 6’ – this is a peptide combo that stimulates 6 major components of the skin matrix : Collagen ICollagen III, Collagen IV, FibronectinHyaluronic acid and Laminin 5. In general,  it works in the department of skin repair. It helps in rebuilding the skin from the inside,  reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines especially on the forehead and around our eyes (crow’s  feet). Again, trademark of Sederma,  France.

And to finish this chapter, we have the Probiotic complex – probiotic bacteria lysates are getting very popular in the skin care industry. It’s believed that they help with a lot of skin issues,  starting from acne, dermatitis, rosacea, to wrinkles . They can help the skin’s protective shield (a.k.a the Acid mantle) in fighting off bad bacteria, and also in adjusting its optimal pH level. Some claim they can help the skin regenerate her outer layer ( epidermis) more quickly and may help with the production of collagen. The mentioned ingredient,  comes from the Gram-positive bacteria called Lactoccocus Lactis ( commonly used in the dairy industry for cheese and buttermilk, but in this case, you can get nice lactic acid for your skin).

So, what can we conclude from these ingredients?

They work together to reduce skin aging, helping you preserve firmer, plumped and less wrinkled skin.

❕Do keep in mind that Deciem & The Ordinary aren’t affiliated whatsoever with the mentioned companies ❕

As for the ingredients list :

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Application and impressions

This serum is meant to be used morning and/or evening, just after cleansing ( so it will replace the toner or essence, in your skin care routine) . It’s less runny than the hyaluronic acid serum, but also very lightweight. At first , it’s a little bit tacky as you apply it, but again, as with the previously mentioned serum,  that goes away as you massage it into the skin. There’s also no fragrance (although it has a slightly milky scent in the bottle,  probably from the probiotic) so it’s good for people who are sensitive to perfume. You don’t need a lot,  and the skin absorbs it really fast. One thing I love about it,  is that it gives a beautiful natural glow to the skin,  once it sinks in. I love it as a combo in the morning with the hyaluronic acid serum. Whenever I had this on my face, without any makeup on,  I would get compliments how my skin looks so glowy and fresh. – I just love it for that ! Now, I don’t have any deep wrinkles yet, but I do have some fine lines appearing on my forehead, especially in winter when my skin tends to be more dry. I’ve noticed that they’re less noticable since I started using this product. 😊

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Do I recommend ?

Yep! Definitely go and check it out! Very mild and effective, again, suitable for all skin types. Now,  this is the most expensive product from The Ordinary line ( retails for 14, 80 € /1833 rsd) , but it in my opinion, it won’t break the bank (in compare to some other serums with similar ingredients on the market). If you’re just starting out with anti-aging products and you’re on a budget, definitely try it out! 😊

x

BelgradePixie

You can find some of this information via Websites : Ulprospector ( regarding the mentioned pharmaceutical companies ) & Truth in Ageing (regarding some of the ingredients) .

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Disclaimer : I bought these products with my own money, all opinions are solely my own. I’m not affiliated with the mentioned brands or companies. Keep in mind I’m not a dermatologist, chemist or pharmacist. Also, what worked for my skin, won’t necessary work for yours.

For further disclaimer information, please visit my Terms & Conditions   page.