This article originally appeared in the Nov. 10th, 2020 edition of The Healthy
Written by Amy Schlinger
Join the anti-Black Friday movement. These dermatologist-approved anti-aging skin care products and serums from Deciem’s The Ordinary are on sale all month long.
Holiday shopping and skin care
The big holidays and Black Friday—the biggest shopping day—are not far away. Most people love a good sale, and Black Friday has some of the best. But along with those sales comes the Black Friday stress of dealing with crowds in stores, the panic from an e-commerce site crashing with too much traffic, and the overall rushed feeling of just buying quickly because things are on sale.
What if you could get those Black Friday deals longer than just a single day? The beauty and skin care brand Deciem is doing just that, offering 23 percent off its merchandise, including anti-aging products, during November. (Need advice? Here are some dermatologist-recommended OTC skin care products.)
“Deciem houses several different brands aimed at skin, body, and hair care,” says Marie Hayag, MD, board-certified dermatologist, founder of 5th Avenue Aesthetics in New York, New York. “I appreciate that Deciem is constantly testing and creating new formulations. Additionally, I think everyone can appreciate that they do not do any animal testing.”
The thought behind this month-long sale is that you’ll have the chance to get quality skin care products, especially from Deciem’s brand, The Ordinary (known for making stellar products for a great price), and shop mindfully, without the panic of a single-day sale lingering over your purchases. You can stock up on some of your favorites or add new ones to your anti-aging beauty arsenal.
“I think this is a great perspective to have when it comes to buying skin care products,” says Dr. Hayag. “Rushing to buy products just because they’re on sale makes us want to buy things that we otherwise wouldn’t purchase. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with too many products. By slowing down and becoming less tempted to impulse buy, people can think about and purchase what they actually want to try and need.”
The Ordinary B Oil
The Ordinary B oil is a blend of numerous oils including marula, argan, rosehip, and Brazil nut oil. “It has a slightly herbal smell to it due to its high microalgae concentration,” says Dr. Hayag. “Since there are multiple oils in the formula, it provides multiple functions including fighting against free-radicals and providing hydration.” It’s suitable for all skin types and for daily use, especially after using water-based products.
The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
Restore radiance to your skin using this oil. “Because this marula oil is cold-pressed, the integrity of the ingredients that provide skin care benefits can be maintained,” explains Dr. Hayag. “Marula oil is high in fatty acids which provide hydration and leave skin feeling smooth. It also contains vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that helps skin to stay looking young.”
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Your skin will appear brighter and smoother after using this product in the morning and evening. This suspension is a good option for acne-prone skin and rosacea-prone skin, explains Dr. Hayag. Azelaic acid is found in grains and it has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so it can calm acne hot spots.
“The azelaic acid acts as an antibacterial, reducing acne-causing bacteria. It also regulates the production of certain skin cells, preventing hair follicles from clogging up. Most importantly this means fewer whiteheads, blackheads, and acne lesions. These features including anti-inflammatory and skin lightening properties make it a wonderful product for acne. Because of its high amount of azelaic acid I recommend it a lot to my acne patients especially those that tend to get pigmentation.”
The Ordinary Buffet
This product is named “buffet” because it offers multiple benefits in one bottle. “This serum is a great way to address wrinkles, dryness, and dull skin,” says Dr. Hayag. “It contains multiple hyaluronic acids and peptide complexes, which provide hydration, elasticity, and leave the skin looking younger and plump.” The ingredients in this serum aren’t very irritating either, making this serum suitable for all skin types, Dr. Hayag adds.
The Ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% Peeling Solution
If you’re an experienced exfoliator, this product is a good option and can provide anti-aging benefits. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) come from citrus fruits and other plants; one of the better known beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) comes from salicylate—the active ingredient in aspirin. Both ingredients work to renew your skin. “This peeling solution has multiple AHAs to provide highly effective exfoliation to reveal brighter, younger-looking skin underneath,” explains Dr. Hayag. “Plus, the BHA aids in decongesting pores to resolve blemishes. This solution is best for those that don’t have sensitive skin, and make sure to leave this on for 10 minutes at most.”