The Ordinary Quick Starter Guide
This is your quick The Ordinary starter guide. So, you are probably here because you have just heard about The Ordinary; super excited to buy and use these products, but totally confused too.
Don´t worry! You are not alone! It is confusing, particularly for those who are just starting out with a skincare routine. So here is The Ordinary Quick Starter Guide, and I really hope it will help you.
Brand New! You can now build your own regimen
The Ordinary – Your Quick Starter Guide
I know you´re super excited to get on and buy The Ordinary, but before you do, spend a little time reading this page, and I guarantee it will save you time, money, stress and possibly your skin.
Impatient and don´t want to read the whole page? Read these pointers!
- The Ordinary product names is basically the individual ingredients of skincare. Before, you may have bought a pot of cream with hyaluronic acid, peptides, some hydration and probably fragrance. By using The Ordinary, you are totally in control of what you put on your skin, and best of all, it´s all fragrance-free!
- Work out your skin type and concerns. Is your skin dry, oily, normal or combination? Do you want to target hydration, fine lines, pigmentation? Be realistic at how many concerns you can target with a product.
- If you buy lots of products, you may find they conflict! Check The Ordinary product conflicts first. It can be like going to your wardrobe and nothing goes! Buy a complete regimen.
- Layer the products in the order of the regimen provided by The Ordinary or check how to layer The Ordinary here.
- Apply a few drops to cleansed skin, allowing each layer to be absorbed before applying the next.
- Stick to the AM & PM routine for a good few weeks.
- Patch-test the products before using and when you start to layer products, take note how your skin feels.
- Once you are more confident, you can then start to add some more products like a masque.
- Less is more!
- Enjoy your new skincare journey and don’t forget to come and join us in The Ordinary & Deciem Chat Room Facebook Group.
The Ordinary Quick Starter Guide
- The Ordinary Names
- It´s all so confusing
- Skin Types & Concerns
- Find your skin type
- Choosing A Regimen
- All The Ordinary Products
- Layering – How To Layer The Ordinary
- Conflicts – What does it mean when a product conflicts?
- The Ordinary products you can and cannot use together
- Sun Creams
- The Ordinary Reviews
- The product is pilling/flaking
- Keeping It Simple
- Why You Should Start Slowly
- Patch Testing
- The Most Important Page To Read
The Ordinary Names
The names of The Ordinary products are basically the names of the ingredients and the percentages. You have more than likely used them already in your other skincare products. The beauty of The Ordinary is that you can pick and choose what you put on your skin.
The Ordinary is so confusing
If you are finding it all confusing, the easiest thing to do is build your own skincare regimen or one of these skincare routines. If you do not buy a complete regimen, you may find yourself spending hours scrolling through the website and Facebook Group posts, becoming totally overwhelmed and spending more money than you really need to. You´re also likely to buy products that conflict too that could cause irritation to the skin or possible allergic reaction.
Skin Type & Skin Concerns
Think about your skin type and concerns.
Skin types are oily, combination, normal, dry etc. If you don´t know your skin type, have a look at The Ordinary products for every skin type here. Skin concerns include acne, pigmentation, rosacea, lines and wrinkles, melasma, eczema, and many more. Be realistic about how many skin concerns you can tackle at once with a serum.
The Ordinary for different skin concerns
Here I have created a chart listing all different skin concerns and the best The Ordinary product to use.
Choosing A Regimen – The Ordinary & NIOD
You’ll find lots of different The Ordinary & NIOD Regimens here plus many personalized regimens the group members have been sent by The Ordinary. Browsing through these will give you a good idea about which products to use together and how many to use in one regimen. The Ordinary does not recommend more than 3 serums in one routine.
How To Layer The Ordinary
Read all about Layering The Ordinary here, where you can see all The Ordinary products arranged by their different solutions; Water, Oil, Anhydrous, Suspension & Emulsion. The general rule is from the thinnest / clearest to the thickest / opaque. This is an important step so each product can penetrate the skin.
The Ordinary Product Conflicts
The Ordinary conflicts mean that you should avoid using certain products together in the same routine. They may cancel each other, or they could cause irritation. You can use them in alternate routines AM/PM, or on different days. This chart lists all The Ordinary conflicts. Always check the official pages on The Ordinary website and instructions, as these are often updated.
The Ordinary Products You Can & Cannot Mix
So above shows you the products you cannot use and this chart shows all The Ordinary products you can and cannot use together. Remember, just because you can use certain products together, doesn´t 100% guarantee they will be ok for your skin. Always patch test.
Cleansers The Ordinary & NIOD
A good cleanser or two is really important because it´s the foundation of your skincare routine, so you want something that´s going to leave your skin really clean. We have hundreds of posts in the Facebook Group all about cleansers. Just search #cleansers #doublecleansing. There are now 3 Ordinary cleansers and 2 NIOD Cleansers The Ordinary & NIOD Cleansers.
Sun Creams – The Ordinary & NIOD
It is really important to use sun cream every day and reapply when needed. You should avoid the direct sun when using these products, especially the Acids, Retinols and Retinoids. We have hundreds of suggestions for sun creams in the Facebook Group, and I´m sure we can find the perfect one for you. Deciem has the NIOD Survival Range, S10, S20 & S30 and also The Ordinary Sun Creams in Factor 15 & 30.
The Ordinary Reviews
When it comes to reviews, the truth is that some people will love a product, some will hate it, and some will think it´s just ok. You may have your favourite influencer who loves a product, but are they the same age as you? Do they have the same skin type as you? Read reviews by the Deciem Addicts, the people who have bought, tried and tested. You may even find someone with similar skin to yours. The Ordinary Reviews.
The Ordinary Pilling & Flaking
When you start to use your products, you might find you have ´bits´ or ´pilling´. This is more than likely the product, not your skin, so do not panic. You can read all about why is The Ordinary pilling here.
Keep it Simple
Use The Ordinary regimen builder so you can be sure all the products can be used together. Don’t buy too many products of the same solution (water-based, emulsion) or category (acids, antioxidants, etc.), and stick to the same routine for a good few weeks for the best results.
Don’t be surprised if there are only 3 or 4 products in a routine. That’s fine. Don’t forget an SPF during the day.
Why Start Slowly?
If you use 3 products for the very first time and your skin has a reaction, how will you know which product caused it? That’s why it´s recommended that you introduce one product at a time.
The Ordinary & NIOD recommend patch-testing in case of allergic reactions. We have received a few posts in the Facebook Group from members who have unfortunately had reactions to some of these products, as you can with any brand. The majority of people don´t patch test, but you have been warned!
The Ordinary Regimen Page
If you read one page, please make sure you read the Deciem Regimen Page. It´s so important to know which of The Ordinary & NIOD products conflict, which products should only be used in the evening and how to layer. It´s also important to read the product pages before using them. They explain how to use the product and if a product is nut-free, vegan, oil-free, water-free, silicone-free, gluten and cruelty-free.