The Ordinary Quick Starter Guide

The Ordinary is really confusing, especially if you’re new to skincare, so here´ The Ordinary quick starter guide.  I highly recommend buying one of set regimens which Deciem have put together.

If none of the set regimens suit your skincare concerns, save time and money by asking Deciem for a personalised regimen.

If you don´t buy a set regimen or ask Deciem for a routine, you will spend hours scrolling through posts and products you don’t understand, spend more money than you need to, and more than likely buy products that will conflict.

Buy a few, see how you get on and then buy more as and when you need.    It´s good to stick to a routine to really see the benefits.  If you’re getting stressed and have no idea what order to use them in, then I´d say you’re using too many.

The Ordinary Quick Starter Guide

  • Skin Types & Concerns
  • Choosing A Regimen
  • All The Ordinary Products
  • Layering The Products
  • The Ordinary Conflicts
  • Cleansers
  • Sun Creams
  • Reviews
  • Keeping It Simple
  • Why You Should Start Slowly
  • Patch Testing
  • The Most Important Page To Read

Skin Type & Skin Concerns

Firstly, think about your skin type and concerns.  Be realistic about how many skin concerns you can tackle at once with a serum.  The different skin types are normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive.  Skin concerns include  acne, pigmentation, rosacea, lines and wrinkles, melasma, eczema and many more. Read more about The Ordinary Regimens.

Choosing A Regimen

You’ll find lots of different Deciem Regimens here plus 100s of personalised regimens the group members have been sent by Deciem.  Browsing through these will give you a good idea about which products to use together and how many to use in one regimen. Deciem do not recommend more than 3 serums in one routine.

The Ordinary Products

This brand can be really confusing with all the technical names and percentages.  I have listed all the different products in their categories here. Don’t buy too many of one category, you don’t need them all, save your money!   The Ordinary Collections

Layering 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. Make sure you read this page which is regularly updated.

The Ordinary Product Conflicts

I have put together this chart which marks all The Ordinary products that conflict. It´s taken quite a lot of work to put together but think it ´s the easiest and quickest way to see all The Ordinary conflicts together. Always check the official pages on the Deciem website and instructions as these are often updated.


Read reviews on all 4 Deciem cleansers here. A good cleanser or 2 is really important.  It´s the foundation of your skincare routine.  We have hundreds of posts in the Facebook Group all about cleansers.  Search #cleansers #doublecleansing.  Deciem have 4 cleansers; The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, Hylamide Face Cleaner and NIOD LVCE Low Viscosity Cleaner & NIOD SS Sanskrit Saponins. I’ve used all of these except for the NIOD LVCE. The most surprising one is the Hylamide Face Cleaner, it´s amazing at removing all makeup, especially difficult mascara and whilst it´s an oil it doesn´t leave your skin feeling oily.

Sun Creams

We cannot stress how important it is to use sun cream everyday and reapply when needed.  You should avoid 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 have the NIOD Surival Range, S10, S20 & S30 and also The Ordinary Sun Creams in Factor 15 & 30.

The Ordinary Reviews

How do we really know what’s being said about a product is true?  Well, the truth is some people love a product, some hate it and some think it´s just ok.  We all have different skin types, so join Deciem Chat Room Facebook Group and talk to many people, some who may even have your skin type and similar concerns. Read The Ordinary & Deciem Review here.

Keep it Simple

If a product has too many conflicts, for example Buffet + Copper Peptides, then you could be making life really difficult for yourself by trying to figure out a regimen on your own, especially if you have already bought lots of products.  Ask Deciem for a regimen incorporating it so you can be sure the products can be used together. Don’t buy too many products of the same solution or category and stick to the same routine for a good few weeks for the best results.

Why Start Slowly?

So you rush in and use 3 products for the very first time and your skin has a bit of a reaction. How will you know which product it is? That’s why it´s recommended that you introduce one product at a time. Now you’re going to have to start all over again to try and figure out which product is causing an issue.

Patch Testing

Deciem recommend patch testing in case of allergic reactions. We have received a few posts in the Facebook Group from members who unfortunately have had reactions to some of these products as you can with any brand. In reality, I know the majority of you will not bother patch testing every product, but you have been warned!

Deciem Regimen Page

If you read one page, please make sure you read the Deciem Regimen Page. It´s so important to know which products conflict, which products should only be used in the evening and how to layer.