The Ordinary really doesn’t need any introduction if you’re well versed in the beauty world. This seemingly er, ordinary skincare line came out of nowhere – with its chic, simple packaging and affordable prices – and exploded in the online skincare community.
Of course, I had to get my hands on one of their product!
The thing with my skin though, is that I notice the less stuff I put on it, the more it seems to “work”.
In the past, when I’d load up on fancy cleansers, or test out serums for the blog, my skin would look good in the beginning, then slowly I’d get this weird feeling that my skin was slowly reacting to it – my skin would start to peel, feel drier than usual, and my pores became more clogged. I would also get those weird under-the-skin-white bumps. (Remember the last serum I tested?)
Either way, no thanks! So I am wary with what I put on my skin now, although I am trying to get more into anti-aging now that I’m a getting closer to the big 3-0.
The Ordinary Buffet Serum – My Experience
So why did I choose The Ordinary Buffet Serum as my first product? Honestly, I liked the sound of it. Ha!
Buffet is said to be named after its ingredients list; a mix of peptides to target multiple signs of aging at once, including “11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes.” I only found out after I bought it, that it contained an ingredient that amused both my husband and I: synthetic snake venom (?!) The synthetic snake venom is said to mimic Botox, giving the face a tightening effect. I was all for it – how crazy and cool!
Here’s the deal though: I don’t have visible signs of aging just yet. So while I loved this product (it was so easy to apply, didn’t dry out my skin too much, and smelt great) I actually didn’t see any difference to my face. Even if I were to look at my complexion itself; for brightening, plumping or radiance, that kinda thing… I didn’t see any difference at all.
The Real Results
Not wanting to waste the product, I then applied it to my neck every morning after cleansing. I do have some lines on my neck, I think the media is now trying to coin it is as “tech neck” (looking down at a computer screen too much, causing lines on the neck, even though we all have them naturally, sigh) – and this is where I saw some big difference! Those lines have definitely smoothen out and also lightened them a lot, so much so I would even consider repurchasing this product just as a neck cream.
My conclusion is this… The Ordinary Buffet serum is fantastic and worth every penny – even though its the most expensive of the range, at US$32.00 – when you already have signs of aging; such as wrinkles and fine lines, rather than as a preventative thing, as I was using it for. That being said, it’s been a nice introduction to The Ordinary, and I’m off to try more, and I think this one is next!