We all love a lurid face mask, don't we?
From blemish-busting formulas to those that deliver just the right amount of glow, donating yourself the gift of up to 30 minutes of skin renewal is an indulgent habit we just can't seem to shake.
However, as many now know, most of these formulas tend to cost an arm and a leg. It makes sense, therefore, that The Ordinary is just about one of the most-talked-about brands in beauty.
Offering up seriously effective products for prices cheaper than your daily lunch special, there really is no wonder that everyone wants a slice of The Ordinary pie.
The brand's AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is a 10-minute exfoliating facial that uses 30% AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and 2% BHA (beta hydroxy acid) to combat blemishes and make the skin texture smoother and more radiant.
It's also blood-red, similar to the gory Vampire Facial made famous by one Kim Kardashian.
For those unfamiliar with The Ordinary's ethos, the brand offers up no-fuss, scientifically led products with impressive ingredients for a fraction of normal prices. Opting out of big marketing campaigns, the products on offer are less about self-care and more about results.
And results they have provided. The brand is perenially spotted in the skincare cabinets of beauty specialists the world over and their website has often run out of stock due to the surge of interest in recent years.
One of such hard-to-keep-stocked products is the aforementioned peeling solution.
Containing a powerful concoction of glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids, the pomegranate-hued product without a doubt one of the most efficacious exfoliators on the market.
While the AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) work to improve texture and skin radiance, salicylic acid works to unclog pores and slough away at dead skin cells to reduce breakouts.
BHAs are good for skin concerns like blackheads and whiteheads because BHAs penetrate deeper into the skin. While AHAs love water, BHAs love oil. They can bypass the oil that clogs pores and dissolve the mix of sebum and dead skin that leads to acne, as well as help stabilize the lining of the pore (which contributes to acne).
As someone who has used it, I would recommend a patch test for sensitive skin girls. Once that comes back clear, cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser (a milky product perhaps), pat dry and then apply the peeling solution. Applying to a wet face may cause sensitivity.
Leave the product on for ten minutes (or until it starts to gently tingle) and wash off. Follow this with a gentle dry down of your skin and your normal moisturiser. Use up to twice a week.
Your skin may look a little tickled pink after removing it, but that should taper within the hour.
Overall, the product is fun to use, effective at smoothing and evening one's complexion and remains to be one of the more affordable products in my bathroom cabinet. Give it a go during this time when you've nowhere to be and I assure you your skin will feel brighter by morning.
Main image by @joellehyman