You can read part 3 of this series of blogs here.
The Ordinary, under the DECIEM brand, is not technically “green” (aside from their oils) as the products aren’t plant-based. Nevertheless, I believe they fall under the “non-toxic” classification as they exclude carcinogenic ingredients and endocrine disruptors like artificial fragrance (1), so at the very least, this makes them far superior to common products from supermarkets or pharmacies. I’m okay with clinical ingredients and safe synthetics, so The Ordinary is a great choice for people like me who endeavour to use mostly botanically based products, but require supplementing with “conventional” products when “green” ones aren’t delivering the necessary results. The Ordinary’s brand image and reputation are founded upon the promise to deliver “clinical formulations with integrity”, and very openly state that their skincare products are free from parabens, sulphates and mineral oils, as well as vegan and cruelty-free. The ingredients are minimal, frill-free and simple, much like their packaging: basic dropper bottles with plain white labels. Quite a lot of research is needed to determine which product addresses particular skin problems, which products shouldn’t be used together, and where they should fit into your skincare regime.
The Ordinary products are split into the following categories: retinoids, vitamin C, direct acids, antioxidants, hydrators and oils, more molecules, and sun-care.
🌞 - To be used in the morning
🌚 - To be used at night
❗️🔆 - Causes increased skin sensitivity to sunlight
The Ordinary products I currently, or plan to, integrate into my skincare regime:
The first step in my evening skincare regime is to remove makeup I’ve been wearing throughout the day. I’ve been a big fan of Bioderma Sensibo H2O Micellar Water for many years as it was very effective at removing makeup gently without causing any skin irritation. However, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides is listed in their ingredients. These are mainly acquired from plant oils such as Coconut Oil, yet they are not always pure. About 50% of PEGs are contaminated with ethylene oxide and/or 1,4-dioxane, and although I was fairly confident Bioderma would remove these impurities by a process known as “vacuum stripping”, I couldn’t find any confirmation from the company online to show that the toxins have definitely been removed.
I tried Madara micellar water, but I found it quite ineffective as a makeup remover, it took a lot of rubbing and multiple uses to remove makeup, particularly around the eye area, entirely. For the price, it isn’t worth it. I chose Sukin Micellar water for the price and its online reviews.
Sukin is a pioneering skincare brand that is dedicated to effective, sustainable and affordable natural skincare, that omits any artificial additives and harsh ingredients that can cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment. Their tagline is ‘beauty shouldn’t cost the earth’. It’s pretty good at removing makeup, but it did require a bit more rubbing than I’d need with Bioderma. However, it smells lovely, and it contains cucumber, aloe vera and chamomile, leaving the skin refreshed but not dry or tight. I’ve happily replaced my beloved Bioderma for it, it’s definitely worth it.
Following a brain tumour diagnosis in 2010, Indie Lee made the connection between health and what she put on her skin and created a skin care line which was non-toxic, safer, cleaner, and ethical. The Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser removes dirt and grime from the skin and contains strawberry oil which is packed with Omega-3 and antioxidants.
The next post will discuss the key differences between chemical and natural sunscreen. Until then, drop me a note if you want to share your thoughts on clean beauty! Below are the links to the previous blogs in this series.