The Ordinary Skincare Review and routine recommendations is probably my most requested post to date. Every time i post something on my Instagram Stories or my feed about the products, the engagement shoots up and i find myself having lengthy skincare chats in my DMs. Skincare is my favorite thing ever, so nothing brings me more joy that a good conversation about the latest products on the market.
Since the launch last year, i worked my way trough a fair share of The Ordinary products and i have more coming my way in the next few weeks. They are fantastic value for money, so you can confidently splurge on various treatments and see whatever works well for you. I usually buy directly from Deciem, i find they have the best selection and stock but you can also find the products on Asos, Cult Beauty or Cloud10Beauty.
Beside the good value for money, the products actually work. Proper high concentrations, stable formulas and a mirriad of products from acids to retinols, oils or antioxidants – there is something for everyone.
As a guide of how to use the products, please remember:
- always to apply water formulations before oil formulations.
Water Base Formulas
- Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
- Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
- Caffeine Solution 5%
- Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%
- Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%
- Matrixyl 10% + HA
- Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
After Water Formulas
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%
- Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
Oil Based Formulas
- 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
- 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil
- 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
- Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% In Vitamin F
- you can layer up to three different serums or formulations on to the skin (it doesn’t apply of course to acids).
- most likely, you will have to wear a high SPF on a daily basis due to the concentration of the products.
- also there is 1 year full refund policy on the products.
I have grouped roughly what products work well for different concerns below. There is a very helpful regimen guide here if you are not sure what to buy and how to match.
My Favorite Products From The Ordinary | What I Have Tried and Used Up
The Ordinary 2% Advanced Retinoid – anti-age, smooths down lines and wrinkles and helps to reverse sun damage. Also efficient against acne marks and scars. I apply it every other day, maybe around 2-3 times a week always at night time. I wake up with a smoother face, refined pores and a fresh look. Retinol is not for everyone, as it is the strongest anti age you can use so do use it with caution and dont over do it. SPF its a must in the morning!
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – hands down my favorite from all The Ordinary products! Its a quick 10 minute max mask that refines the skin and melts away all the dead skin. I found it particularly good at clearing out my open pores around my nose and shrinking my milia. Its quite effective at fading away scarring or other minor marks.
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil – a vitamin A and C rich oil, that not only nourishes the skin but helps against aging and pigmentation. I adore it at night time, if my skin is particularly dehydrated from the central heating.
The Ordinary Buffet and Matryxil Serums – i have them here together because this is exactly how i have used them, together. Two drops of each mixed and applied on the clean skin underneath my moisturiser. Both very rich in peptides, they help to smooth down the signs of aging and they have an action against static and dynamic wrinkles, in particular around the eyes and forehead.
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% – the only eye area serum in the range, i found it fantastic against puffiness around the eyes. I use it every morning first thing, massaging gently to stimulate the lymphatic system and following up with whatever eye cream i am using at the time. A little goes a really long way, im currently months into my initial bottle.
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% – i went trough two bottles already and have another one coming my way. Its a non fuss hyaluronic acid that helps to plump up the skin instantly, replenish the water lost and fight dehydration.
I have more products waiting to be trialed, im particularly interested in the new Antioxidant range and have to introduce some Vit C at some point.
Would love to hear your thoughts about the range and what products rocked your world so far! Give me all the skincare chats!
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