I've always been obsessed wit getting rid of the texture of my skin! So much that I pushed back my desire to create a Youtube channel for so long. An acne-free, texture-free, pore-free, glossy skin was the goal and I wasn't doing anything else until I perfectly executed it.
Somewhere along the way, I realized that no one is perfect and eventually built so much confidence. My skin as an adult was never terrible to begin with, but the high schooler in me was still traumatized from years of pimple popping and terrible scars.
As someone who magically dodged chemistry throughout her years of education, Deciem became a tab bit intimidating at a glance. The selection of skincare products seemed to have much of success story but was composed of a foreign language to me – so I made it my business to physically go to their soho location and ask as many questions as I could possibly have answered. The store greeted me with a lab-like atmosphere inclusive of much more excitement than beakers and microscopes. The brightly lit subway tiled rooms were cozy enough to keep me in for nearly an hour, ignoring the crisp winter night. This company, with a growing portfolio of more than 50 products in 15 different markets truly met my price demand! After using the pictured products for nearly two months, here are my current thoughts on them.
THE ORDINARY | GLYCOLIC ACID 7% TONING SOLUTION $8.70
I've heard so many incredible things about this toning solution for acne-prone skin and had to double my quantity, seeing that I sells out like hot cakes. I learned about how well Glycolic acid works for my skin type when I had a facial around my birthday. It's meant to improve the dullness & texture of skin with continued us and should only be used in the evening. I use this product after my evening shower, in addition to the Lactic Acid, Alpha Arbutin and a pea size of African Shea butter.
THE ORDINARY | LACTIC ACID 5% + HA $6.50
Not to be confused with Lactic Acid 10% (a stronger formula,) the Lactic Acid 5% mildly exfoliates, in order to smoothly remove dead skin and painlessly give a new layer. In addition to the Glycolic acid, I use this in the evening as recommended, to allow maximum absorption overnight. If you are looking for something to help soothe sensitivity from too much acid on the skin surface, this product is for you.
THE ORDINARY | ALPHA ARBUTIN 2% + HA $8.90
Alpha Arbutin has a gel consistency and reduces the appearance of spots and hyper-pigmentation. Simply put, this product can be used in the morning and evening and helps with pimples and uneven skin-tone. This is my third step in the evening after using the above products.
THE ORDINARY | ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE SOLUTION 12% $12.90
This is pretty much a long word for a vitamin C serum. Ascorbyl Glucoside helps brighten the skin-tone and reduces sign of aging. Because of its abrasiveness, this product should not be used with GLYCOLIC ACID 7% TONING SOLUTION. I cannot fully vouch for it as I plan of using this once I am done with my first bottle of Toning solution but it was highly recommended.
I can't stress enough how important it is to use sunscreen in addition to this routine - the sun can be very damaging and will reverse all your hard work! As always, please purchase these with your discretion and understand that because we all have different needs everything that works for me may not work for you. Deciem employs skin experts who can truly direct you to your needs.
Conclusively, it's safe to say that I will be revisiting this store for a restock! I purchased 7 items for a total of $61.87! A complete steal in comparison to other brands that provide the same results. While it doesn't carry the entire line, Sephora does have a few of its best sellers on their website too.
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