Today, I am reviewing an entire skincare line.
The company manufacturing it is called DECIEM, and they are a Canadian company for a change. They are located in Toronto, but they also have stores in New York and London. They ship all over the world when you happen to be far away from any of their stores.
Deciem’s budget brand is called “The Ordinary”, and that’s where we are starting today.
But what do I mean with “BUDGET BRAND”? While Deciem has skincare lines that are certainly not skimping with prices (a 15 mL eye serum for $ 60, for example), their Ordinary line is even below drugstore skincare prices.
Let’s first talk about moisturizers - your basic, plain, run-off-the-mill moisturizer. Their Natural Moisturizing Factors + (HA) Hyaluronic Acid is made up from many components that are normally found in the skin. It’s extremely light-weight and perfect for my problematic skin. When it comes to moisturizers, all I care about is how my skin reacts to them. If it gets clogged up, irritated, breaks out, or just plain rejects it. And then, secondary, of course, is the price. Now with the Ordinary moisturizer, my skin seems happy. It is light weight and easy to apply, sinks right in and leaves my skin smooth. It neither irritates me nor does it clog my pores. And one ounce of this little miracle sets you back 5 dollars and 80 cents. Yes, you heard that right. Less than 6 dollars for 30 mL of this product, and less than 8 dollars for 100 mL. Amazing.
If you need a bit more moisture, you can opt for one of their oils. I have been using Argan oil for the past few years, and it’s been difficult to get a good oil for a fair price. Josie Maran, for example, charges you about $ 60 for 30 mL, yet she claims that she has nothing added to her cold-pressed, organic argan oil. Well, the Ordinary’s Argan Oil is organic and cold pressed too, and also 100% pure - but they charge you $ 6.80, not sixty. How can you possibly justify paying sixty dollars for a cold pressed organic oil that claims to be 100% pure, when the same oil, with the same characteristics, if available for 10 times less?
I love their Azaleic Acid 10% suspension in silicone. It’s stable, and light weight. I apply it last, just before my foundation, in place of a silicone based primer. Or at night, I dab it on problem spots, over top of my moisturizer and prescription cream. Azelaic acid has done wonders for my skin. Only a few short months ago my skin was a complete mess. I literally had welts on my face, red, angry bumps everywhere, scarring and lots and lots of texture. My skin isn’t perfect now by all means, but it’s so much better. I’m actually no ashamed anymore to walk around without foundation, and for me, that’s BIG. Bigger than big. And thinking that a product that only costs $ 7.90 has done all that is amazing to me.
I also use their Buffet every morning and night. I’m not sure if it’s doing anything, but it certainly hasn’t caused any issues. It IS supposed to have a whole array of peptides and other lovely stuff in it, in a light-weight water-based gel, so why not apply it? It’s $ 14.80 and therefore the most expensive single item from the Ordinary brand, but it is also their most complex and feature-packed product. I love using it, and I am still in awe about how little they charge for it.
Well, let’s say Deciem really shook up the market with their pricing.
No, they don’t offer products that are refined and mixed from a myriad of different active ingredients, but they do offer products as single components to a custom skincare regimen.
My current regimen is as follows:
- In the morning, wash with water only and a microfibre wash cloth. Then apply Buffet all over the face and the neck. Moisturizer, and finally apply the Azaleic acid. Follow with foundation.
- At night, I pre-cleanse with a cleansing oil and warm water, then I follow up with a foaming cleanser and a microfibre washcloth. To the clean skin, I apply Buffet, followed by my tretinoin prescription, and finally a few drops of Argan oil. I spot-treat problem areas with Azelaic acid.
My skin is now 100 times better, and I am paying 100 times less for skincare than ever before. It is simpler and more effective. All DECIEM products, across all brands including The Ordinary, are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone. DECIEM does not test on animals and does not pay others to do so. For this reason, none of their brands is sold in mainland China since such sales require animal testing for registration purposes. (I took this right off their website. Cannot verify if this statement is true or not, but it's encouraging.)
You should check out the brand, or better yet, the entire line-up of Deciem products. For me, their website is like a candy store for skincare addicts.
Enter at your own risk: www.deciem.com