It seems The Ordinary Peeling Solution has become quite a popular feature in many people’s skincare routines. In a bid to ‘glow up in quarantine’, I’ve also been dabbling with new skincare products and that infamous red face peel may have also worked its way into my regime.
I’ve been getting acquainted with peels, particularly TCA chemical peels (more on that soon), which I gave a blast a couple of months ago. While The Ordinary’s offering is a much less risqué or abrasive alternative to an actual, full-on chemical peel, it does claim to provide some of the same benefits.
THE ORDINARY SKINCARE
The Ordinary are a sub-company operating under the umbrella brand, Deciem. Their mission to provide innovative, high-tech skincare at honourable prices has really made them take off. For such a modest price point, you get vegan products, void of nasty chemicals and additives such as parabens and mineral oil. What’s not to love?
HOW DOES THE ORDINARY PEELING SOLUTION WORK?
The Ordinary claim that the peeling solution works to exfoliate, clear pores and resurface the skin over time, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and textural irregularities. Vitamin B5, Black Carrot and Tasmanian Pepperberry also work by assisting healing and reducing irritation associated with acid use. The Ordinary do not recommend you use this if you suffer with sensitive skin. On that note, ya girl does have sensitive skin and I’ve found that I don’t encounter any unpleasant side effects or reactions providing I follow the instructions correctly.
“Clean face and wait for skin to dry. Do not use on wet skin. Apply evenly across face and neck using fingertips, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for no more than 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes both during application and rinse off. This low-viscosity solution is intended to be used as a masque. Do not leave on for longer than 10 minutes. It is not recommended to use more than twice per week. Contact of the product with the skin must be of limited frequency or duration. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised.”
Glycolic Acid, Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Daucus Carota Sativa Extract, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan gum, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE ORDINARY PEELING SOLUTION
It’s quite hard not to notice its bright red appearance. It also has a somewhat pleasant fruity scent, both due to the Tasmanian Pepperberry. Because of the natural derivatives of the plant, I’m told that the shade of the solution can also vary from time to time.
Applying the Peeling Solution
The solution is a thin gel-like consistency, applied with the use of a built-in pipette. It’s easy to squeeze a few drops into your hands before smoothing onto the face and neck, being careful to avoid the eye area, basically as you would with any other regular face mask. I tend to apply quite a liberal amount so that it is opaque on my skin. You definitely end up looking as if you were front-row at a public beheading from the 1700’s, so take precautions around light coloured fabrics; Something tells me this bad boy may stain!
After a couple of minutes on the skin, the peeling solution causes some slight burning and tingling, but nothing too crazy. In fact, I quite like a product with a tingling sensation as I feel as if it’s actually doing something. If you’ve ever had one of those TCA peels I mentioned earlier, this is an absolute breeze in comparison.
Removing the Peeling Solution
Once that 10 minute timer rings, it’s time to wash off the peeling solution with lukewarm water. I like to use a soft muslin cloth to ensure I’m being thorough in removing every last bit of product. I then splash on a little cool water to soothe the tingling sensation before patting dry with a towel and loading on the SPF.
Using SPF After Acid-Based Skincare
SPF is super important when using acid-based skincare products as they increase your sensitivity to the sun, resulting in burning and hyperpigmentation. A new addition to my daily routine is the La-Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50, which I slather on regardless of whether I’m outdoors or just in the house.
Over-Use of the Peeling Solution
In regards to the 10 minute rule, I think it definitely is more beneficial to follow the instructions on the bottle. It can be tempting to leave it longer than advised or use it more than twice a week. Unfortunately, both times I’ve done this, I’ve ended up with a dry, prickly rash-type reaction all over my cheeks (contact dermatitis). This could be down to me having a more sensitive skin type but it’s always sensible to follow the manufacturers advice.
The Final Verdict
Immediately after removal, the first thing I always notice is how bright and glowy my skin is. One thing I really suffer with is rosacea and I’m forever surprised at how little redness I have afterwards, despite the peeling solution’s DANGEROUSLY red tone. My skin also feels smooth and my pores practically non-existent.
Over the short few weeks that I’ve been using The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution, I’ve noticed a great improvement in my skin. My skin feels super smooth to the touch and as someone who has always suffered with acne-prone skin, I feel as if it’s done wonders at keeping spots and bumps at bay, too.
Considering the great retail price and overall effectiveness, it’s fair to say that this product has gained pride of place in my weekly pamper routine.
MY OVERALL RATING:
Have you tried The Ordinary Peeling Solution? I’d love to know your opinions in the comment section below!