I no longersupport Deciem, and so here is a list of alternatives to their famous brand, The Ordinary, should you too make the choice. I also think it is important to realize that The Ordinary is affordable because it is simply that; ordinary. A more expensive hyaluronic acid serum feels better on the skin, and an anti-aging serum from another brand often targets more concerns than just one. The Ordinary also promotes layering serums to achieve results, which can feel heavy, be expensive, and the pairings you choose can be ineffective. As an alternative, below are science-focused, results-driven skincare products worth considering. No, they are not all inexpensive, and no, they are not ‘dupes’; these are worthy alternatives in each category The Ordinary offers.
- Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum - Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum - Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum - Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Serum - Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster - Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%
- Pixi Glow Tonic - Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid - Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial - REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic - Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads - Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1.0 Twice A Day Exfoliator
Obviously these are MY opinions, others may differ. I am not a dermatologist I’m just a skincare obsessed individual who’s spent a lot of time researching products and a lot of money on products. I hope this helps you all!
Neutrogena: meh. Your acne products are a big no no.
StIves: No. No. No.
Drorganics: I have loved every product I have tried from them.
FaithinNature: I like that it’s vegan, cruelty free etc. but the products don’t deliver.
Lush: Some really great products, especially for dry skin and for acne prone people. However they do include alcohol and fragrance in a lot of their products so if you’re sensitive to that be careful.
Thebodyshop: Some great quality products but often over priced.
Innisfree: Not used them or even heard of them but I researched them and they look great! Good ingredients.
Lunik: Apparently they’re new and I tried researching but found nothing on them sorry.
Pixi: I’m in love with this brand. I recommend it to every one. Every skin type.
Nipnfab: A lot of good products, do check the ingredients though for things that may be an irritant to your skin. But overall I like them.
LizEarl: Its ok. It’s not going to necessarily mess up your skin but I doubt their products will fix any of your skin problems.
Sukin: Some good products. They’re a good choice for sensitive skin types as they have minimal ingredients.
Firstaidbeauty: Some really effective products.
Clinique: Super basic. Not ideal for any skin with issues.
TheOrdinary: Amazing. Great products at great prices.
Origins: Eh, they’re not awful but I don’t really like them.
OleHendrickson: Lots of hype, very popular but a bit pricy.
Glossier: Love their style and the look the products creates but for the basic ingredients they are over priced and not high quality.
EstéeLauder: Way overpriced.
Cetaphil: Really nice basic products for all skin types, unless you have a sensitivity to fatty alcohols.
BurtsBees: Nice idea, bad ingredients for acne prone/oily people. But lovely hand creams.
Aveeno: Heard lots of good things, especially for dry skin and body care.
Philosophy: Utter shit.
Nivea: Some good products, especially for dry skin.
CerVe: Excellent. For most.
LaRocheposay: I am in love. I recommend them to everyone, especially acne suffers.
Cleanandclear: Often way too harsh to skin and causes more problems.
Palmers: Nice body care.
Juicebeauty: Good face masks.
Biore: Overall okay, but some shocking products, like the nose strips.
Drunkelephant: I know they’re pricy but I’ve heard great things.
Proactiv: Will fuck your skin up.
Cosrx: Really good. Very nice gentle products. Good for all skin types. A brand that actually understands PH levels.
Physiogel: Will moisturise you within an inch of your life.
NatureRepublic: ehhhhh, I’m not gonna purchase their products. Just not great.
Laniege: Their main ingredients are water. The same water you get free from a tap. They are robbing you of your money. And their products will have no real impact on your skin.
IUnik: Looks like some lovely quality skincare
Bootsbotanicals: Not good. A lot of alcohol. If you’re super duper oily they may seem to help but the alcohol is going to be stripping.
L'Oréal: Very overpriced. Fragrances and very rich and heavy products.
Skinfood: Some great ingredients but some may be too rich for oily skin types.
Philosophy: Luxury high end indulgent body and bath care but don’t put their stuff near your face.
Ponds: Goooood stuff for that moisture.
Clarins: Too much money.
Avon: fuck no.
Dove: Good for body and sensitive skin.
Glamglow: Certain products are raved about. Go for the masks.
DrBronners: Yes yes yes to all products.
Kiehl’s: Good stuff but veeeery expensive stuff. You can get the equivalent from The Ordinary for a fraction of the price.