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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The One Product that Changed My Skin: The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% Review

It's been a while since I've reviewed a beauty product on here. That's because, sadly, it's been a while since I've found anything that's got me excited enough to sit down and write about it. The dog days are over though, and I'm back with a product that has left me somewhat flabbergasted. I've fallen in love with The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% and there's no going back.

The Ordinary has garnered a bit of a cult following over the past couple of years. Its minimalistic bottles promise big results, without the eye watering price tag of competitors. Everyone from bloggers to beauty editors to celebrities have waxed lyrical about the brand. Kim Kardashian revealed that she loves the Advanced Retinoid 2%, and lord knows if it's good enough for Kimmy, it's good enough for me. While the majority are coveting her famous curves, I'm lusting after that flawless glow she's endlessly sporting. Needless to say, this little bottle was accompanied by high expectations and a pinch of skepticism. Could anything costing less than a tenner really deliver such big results? I wasn't so sure.

I'm happy to report that my suspicions were unfounded. In fact, I don't think I've ever used a skincare product that's made such a noticeable difference in my skin. My scarring has reduced significantly and my skin tone is so much more even and glowy, something I find particularly hard to achieve since I suffer from rosacea. I love that it's gentle enough to be used every evening, without irritating my skin, but still packs a punch when it comes to results.

What's made me fall head over heels in love with this product though, is the frankly miraculous effect it's had on my breakouts. This bad boy clears things up in no time. And I'm not just talking about those, admittedly hideous but pop-able, whiteheads you get on your chin. Oh no, I'm talking about those big nasty under the skin spots, the painful ones that stick around for weeks on end. I'd never found anything that could shift those boulder-like things from my forehead. Until now. Within days of using this, the pesky things completely disappeared. I don't know what kind of voodoo magic I'm dousing my face with but I love it.

In case you weren't already convinced, this brand is also cruelty free! So you can get great skin without breaking the bank or harming cute little fluffs. Who says you can't have it all?

I'm so excited to try more products from The Ordinary's line. Let me know if you've tried anything and how you got on with it!



  1. I might have to finally get around to picking this up and trying it for myself!

    Danielle xx

  2. I also made similar experiences with the product.. it's magic!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com


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