Serums 101

I keep my skincare routine pretty basic and try to stick to all natural products since it seems to work best for my skin. (I’m pretty much slathered in coconut oil at all times). However, lately I have been looking to step up my game a bit and start experimenting with serums.

In an effort to try to not break the bank, I started searching for a serum that was both effective and but less expensive than my latest shoe purchase.

I felt like I won the lottery when I stumbled upon The Ordinary by DECIEM. I had heard of girls raving about their amazing foundations so when I discovered that they also have a huge product line of affordable serums I immediately started hitting “Add to Cart”.

So given my general lack of knowledge on serums, I quickly realized I had no idea what I was doing and the vast array of products in my shopping cart suddenly looked very overwhelming. What are these all for? Can I mix these together? Will my face melt off?

Enter their helpful regimen guide….

Example regimen for general signs of age: 
AM: Buffet, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5; PM: Buffet, Advanced Retinoid 2%, 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Example regimen for pigmentation issues:
AM: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%; PM: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% or Advanced Retinoid 2%

Example regimen for dehydration: 
AM: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA; PM: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

I was initially interested in the regimen geared towards pigmentation issues however some of the listed products were sold out (I was clearly super late to the party) so I decided to purchase the products required to help with aging (Rose Hip Seed Oil was also sold out so, ya, again… super late to this party but whatever).

All serums were around the $10 range (yes, you read that right) and I’ve actually noticed a general smoothing and brightening in my skin.

So this is my heartfelt thanks to DECIEM for creating an effective product line for the girl who would rather spend $500 on a trip to New York than on a beauty serum. Now I can have my cake and eat it too.

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