The Ordinary Serum: The Best Fiver You'll Spend This Week

I have always been one for trying something new. Whether it's a vegan cleanse, intermittent fasting or DIY turmeric face masks. I just think, how do you know if something works for you without giving it a go? So when the talk about serums gained momentum, I decided it was time to give it a go: is this a phase or the new age moisturiser? 

My names Mel ( another Mel, yes very confusing - apologies in advance!) and I'm a Lifestyle, Blogger.  I often talk about everything from travel, food and life lessons on my site! Today, I've teamed up with MLSNCLR to take you guys through my thoughts on these widely talked about face serums. 

I grew up thinking that the answer to any dry skin problem was Nivea face cream, you know the thick cream in the metal round tin. My great grandmother used it every day and had the smoothest skin, and so did my grandmother and then my mom. It's almost like a family tradition passed down through the ages. Well, I had to switch things up because it didn't do too much for me, probably because I have different skin to my all-German great-grandmother. 

I am a loyal user of cocoa and shea butter, in fact, I love buying unrefined shea butter to use as a moisturiser, it does wonders. Except for my face... After going for my first facial, I was told that using cocoa or shea butter on your face is too heavy and can clog your pores and I should use water-based serums instead. So I  started the investigation process. 

This article is read by Bare Alchemy really helped me to break down the difference between creams and serums. Serums are water based but include oils, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Meanwhile, moisturising creams include ingredients like petrolatum and lubricating agents that keep water from evaporating from the skin.  Apart from that, serums are made up of smaller particles, allowing deeper penetration. 

Photo Credit: Bare Alchemy

Photo Credit: Bare Alchemy

If you have naturally oily skin, then a serum can help combat that, while people with dryer skin, like myself, should use a serum followed by a moisturizer for extra, deeper hydration. 

But in a world full of acids you don't know the name of, endless alphabetical vitamins and anti-oxidants, it can be hard to feel loss and know where to start. The main reason I turned to The Ordinary is that it had come highly recommended to me by a few work colleagues who had used it.  But when you land on their website, you get overwhelmed by information and different serums to use, so I recommend making that visit to the store. I told them what issues I have with my skin and the assistance recommended a daytime and nighttime serum matched with a moisturiser to use. 



The daytime serum is water-based and very light on the skin, perfect as a base on your skin before your daytime makeup. The nighttime serum is more oil based and provides heavier penetration to be worked into the layers of your skin. I have been using these serums for just a few weeks but I can already feel the difference, it has also helped even out my blemishes. The dry skin I use to get on the meeting point of my nostrils and nose bridge has disappeared! 

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I have also been told by a few people that the buffet serum is perfect for pro-active anti-ageing tackling, so that is next on my list to purchase. 

So I have listed what the difference is between a serum and moisturising cream and told you how to get stuck into it or at least give it a try. But do you want to know the best part of this all? The serums cost me £5 each! 

So what's stopping you from seeing if this is the next best thing for your skin?