The Ordinary Skincare – Explained

So The Ordinary Products have literally blown up this past year, Deciem the founding company have brought us lots of different skin care products that actually work and don’t cost a small fortune.



I use a lot of these products myself and I am always asked which ones people should get, to be honest, everyone is different when it comes to your skin, but I have put together a rough guide depending on what you are looking to fix.


Anyone with severe acne should always see a doctor to determine which type of acne they have but several of The Ordinary products have helped greatly with acne prone skin.  Salicylic Acid 2% solution will help to reduce inflammation of the skin and penetrate deep into the pores .  This should be used in the morning.  To keep the skin moisturised, 100% Plant-Derived Squalane is a non clogging product that will maintain moisture in the skin. This should be used in the evening.


This is one category a lot of us fall into! If you are one of those then you will need to use Noncomedogenic’s which are basically non pore clogging products. Azelaic acid suspension will reduce redness and brighten dull skin and is a great antioxidant.  Ideally this should be used in your evening routine.  You can also use Salicylic Acid 2% solution as above for blemish prone and clogged pores.


If you have dry skin, you want to penetrate deep into the skin and maintain a healthy skin barrier. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and Natural Moisturising Factors + HA are perfect for this, they provide long lasting hydration for the skin.


This is where it gets tricky for most people with sensitive skin, they are afraid to try new products for fear of a breakout.  I have very sensitive skin myself and I have tried most of the products listed and have not had any reaction.  I did find my skin got a little stingy from using the Retinol but that was my own fault as I was using it too often. Natural Moisturising Factors + HA is going to be your best friend here out of the group, its hydrating and will help skin repair.  If you really want to try out one of The Ordinary’s acids, then the Lactic Acid 5% is the gentlest of the products.


This is all about reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but we also want to keep the skin hydrated as we get older.  For morning use I suggest using The Buffet, this has gotten massive high reviews because of its formula which has over 11 different friendly amino acids and multiple other ingredients to combat aging process.  It is one of the more expensive products in or around €12 but it is probably one of their biggest sellers.  Argireline Solution 10% is what I use around my eye and forehead area for fine lines every evening. And finally I recommend you pick up their 100% L-Acorbic Acid Powder ( yes it does sound scary) but I promise you its brilliant.  It is a powder form in the jar and you mix a small amount with your everyday moisturiser, it can be built up over time as your skin gets used to it.  It is a powerful Vitamin C antioxidant , that targets uneven skin tone, signs of aging and dullness.  I use this in the evenings, mixed in with my night-time moisturiser.


If you have oily skin, believe it or not it still needs to be kept moisturised.  What you do want to work on is unclogging those pores and keeping them free from dirt etc.  I suggest you try their High-Adherence Silicone Primer underneath your makeup, as it works to  both hydrate and mattify in one application, which means the skin stays healthy and moisturised without becoming oily and greasy throughout the day. Natural Moisturising Factors + HA, this can also be used both morning and evening to maintain a healthy moisturising barrier to the skin without clogging.


So that is my little guide ladies, these products are such good quality and packed full of great ingredients its unbelievable that they are so budget friendly to purchase!   There are many more products available from The Ordinary and you can see them for yourself at :  The Ordinary

I purchase my products depending on availability from either :

Cloud10 Beauty or Beauty Bay

If you do try them please let me know how you get on !


Stacey x



Author: thefacefairy

33 year old Makeup Artist Mother of 2 Fashion lover Bargain hunter

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