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The Ordinary : Review 

Hello beautiful people! I very excited to share my review of the brand The Ordinary. Why? I’m in LOVE with the products I’m currently using. The results are amazing.

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The Ordinary

The Ordinary is a child company of DECIEM, a Canada based cruelty free brand. All sub-brands of DECIEM, including The Ordinary, make clinical grade formulations. The Ordinary has a range of ingredient based skincare products. Most of the products come in a 30 ml bottle or tube and are affordable. The Ordinary also has a range of liquid foundations and primers. They will soon launch their sun protection and color cosmetics range.

My major focus on this post would be to share with you the various combination of products that you can use as a part of your daily regimen.

First things first…

I have used quite a few of the products as a part of my beauty regimen and I’m very impressed with the results. I do not claim to have used ALL of products.You pick and choose from a wide range of Retinoids, Vitamin C, Direct Acids, Antioxidants, Hydrators and Oils and More Molecules (like Matrixyl and Alpha Arbutin). You can also choose to use the No Brainer Set if you are not entirely sure about how to combine the various individual ingredients. This set has three products that are formulated for ageing skin. Alternatively, “Buffet” is a good choice to start with if you want to give The Ordinary a try. “Buffet” is a peptide serum that has a combination of various anti-ageing formulae.

  • The key is find a set of products that will will suit your needs. I have included a sample guide in the post.
  • The rule of the thumb is to apply the water based products first and then move on to the emulsions in increasing order of ‘thickness’ of the products. It is recommended to use a maximum of three products in a regimen.
  • The ingredients are clinically proven but not prescription strength. These are cosmeceuticals.
  • There are special instructions for the some of the products (for example, avoid contact with the eyes or use sun protection) that are crucial to the efficacy of the products.
A Visual Guide to The Ordinary
A Visual Guide

Sample Regimen by Skin Concern

Using adequate sun protection is highly recommended whether or not you follow these regimen. A maximum of three products in a single regimen is recommended.

1. Dehydrated Skin:

Dry Skin
Courtesy: style

Morning: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 followed by 100% Plant Derived Squalane

Night: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 followed by 100% Organic Cold Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil or Rosehip Seed Oil or Virgin Marula Oil

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA can be used as a moisturizer for added benefits.

2. Acne-prone Skin:

Acne Prone Skin

Morning: Salicylic Acid Suspension 2% followed by Niacinamide 10%+Zinc 1%

Night: Salicylic Acid Suspension 2% followed by Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

Weekly: AHA 30%+BHA 2% Peeling Solution

3. Fine Lines and Wrinkles:


Morning: Buffet or Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5 followed by Vitamin C Suspension 23%+ HA Spheres 2% or Argireline Solution 10%

Night: Buffet or Granactive Retinoid 2% or 5% in Squalene followed by Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F

Weekly: AHA 30%+BHA 2% Peeling Solution

4. Under-eye Puffiness and Dark Circles:

Under eye lines

Morning and night: Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

5. Hyperpigmentation:


Morning: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA followed by Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Night: Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% or Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F followed by Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

Weekly: AHA 30%+BHA 2% Peeling Solution

6. Uneven Skin Tone and Textural Irregularities:

Uneven Skin Tone

Morning: Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% followed by Magnesium Ascorbic Phosphate 10%

Night: Granactive Retinoid 2% or 5% in Squalene

AHA 30%+BHA 2% Peeling Solution can be used as a overnight mask once in a week.

Pros and Cons


  • All the formulations of The Ordinary are free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone.
  • Not tested on animals.
  • Very effective formulae.
  • Extremely affordable. The highest price of a single product is $17 approximately.


  • Availability is an issue in some regions. Although, orders are delivered in 5-7 days in the US.
  • You might feel a little confused about what to use if you are new to the brand.
  • I would advise you to talk to your dermatologist before starting any regimen if you are unsure about the functionality and side effects of the formulations.
  • A very few formulations conflict with others. This is something you need to be careful of.

In My Experience…

The Ordinary is comparable to and in some cases better than even the most prestigious brands. I have seen some amazing results within a month of using the products. It’s the brand I’m going to stick to.

This is not a sponsored post and all the opinions are my own.

Please let me know if you have used anything from The Ordinary. I would love to hear from you.


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