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How to Build A Skincare Routine with The Ordinary Products



Well, if you are a skincare enthusiast like us then I am sure you would have heard of the this oh so popular brand The Ordinary. This brand is one of the most popular brands in skincare with over 50 products, most of which are one ingredient. They offer solutions to a wide range of problems like hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, acne and so on. So, what makes The Ordinary so popular - its good quality ingredients coupled with low prices.


The low prices make it a sought after product but since they are mainly ingredients in bottles, it can get confusing to use them together.


So, in order to ease your confusion we though it would be better to share information with you on using The Ordinary products for different skin problems.

The Ordinary's website suggests to use no more than three serums in a single routine for better results.


So, what is the correct order to apply The Ordinary...

Well, the general rule of thumb for The Ordinary or any product as a matter of fact is to start with a water-based formula first and then move to oil-based formula. Not, sure about which is water based or oil-based then simple just go from thinnest to thickest solution.

If you want a detailed explanation of the correct order of application then check out this post (click here).


Skincare serums and treatment products are at the core of The Ordinary products. Skincare products such as cleansers, eye creams and sunscreens are products that can be used for most skin types.


Cleanser (AM+PM): Squalane Cleanser - It is a gentle cleanser that can be used in AM & PM. It is effective in removing makeup as well. However, for makeup removal it is also advisable to use an oil-based cleanser along with The Ordinary's Squalane water-based cleanser to thoroughly remove all the makeup and dirt.


Eye Cream (AM+PM): Caffeine Solution 5%+EGCG - It's very effective in reducing dark circles, pigmentation and puffiness.


Sunscreen (The most important step in an AM skincare routine)" Mineral UV filters SPF 30 with antioxidants - This broad spectrum SPF 30 UVA/UVB sunscreen not only protects your skin from the sun but it also provides additional benefit of antioxidants, hydration and anti-irritation.

Here are some great products from The Ordinary for your skincare routine


The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

This is one product that can be used in multiple skincare routine, this product benefits most skin types and skin concerns. HA products will benefit any skin type since it draws moisture into the skin making it supple and plump.


The Ordinary Buffet

This is a fantastic antioxidant serum with peptides. It can be included in many skin care routines. Antioxidants are known to have many benefits, they are anti-inflammatory and help repair sun damage. The serum contains multiple peptide complexes which helps increase the production of collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.


The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

This is an amazing serum that helps regulate sebum production, provides support to the skin barrier, is anti-inflammatory and is also good for people with oily and acne-prone skin. It is good for prepping your skin for actives such as retinol and retinoid related products. It is great in reducing hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.


The Ordinary Retinoid Products

Retinoids are mainly known for their ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle. Retinoids are also good in reducing hyperpigmentation, improving skin texture and reducing roughness. The Ordinary offers multiple retinoid products. If you are a first time users of retinoid then we recommend that you start with the lowest dosage at 0.1% or lesser and work your way up to a higher dosage once your skin gets use to the product. Remember to always do a patch test on your neck before using it all over your face.


The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

This non-greasy hydration product is loaded with amazing skin ingredients such as 11 amino acids, phospholipids, alpha/beta/gamma fatty acids, triglycerides, sterols and sterol esters, glycerine, ceramide precursors, urea, saccharides & sodium PCA.

Combination Precautions

There are certain products that should not be used in the same routine. For instance peptides should not be used with direct acids (such as mandelic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid) or with Vitamin C. Direct acids should also not be used with Retinoids or Niacinamide.


Niacinamide should also not be used with Vitamin C or with Retinoids and Retinoids with vitamin C is another combination you should avoid.


We recommend that you do a patch test to avoid any skin reactions to new products. This is especially important for people with sensitive skin.


Also, when using Retinoids, Vitamin C or direct acids make sure to follow it up with a sun screen if using it during your day time routine.


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II DISCLAIMER: Every skin is different, not everything works for everybody. I recommend you test the product before completely using any new product. II