Please note that Deciem
I have melasma and used this routine when I first started using The Ordinary. It did help but as many of you know, melasma will come back the minute the sun is shining. Please, if you can, go and see a dermatologist. Do some research online about a mix of ingredients including Hydroquinone. I have been using a prescription for a couple of weeks now and the difference is amazing. Be careful with all these adverts with amazing before and afters. I know how desperate you can feel, and fall into the trap of buying products promising you clear skin, but don´t waste money. Go see a specialist.
Invest in a really good suncream, a fabulous hat and avoid direct sun.
- Alpha Arbutin
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP)
- Azelaic Acid
What Your Regimen Will Look Like
|Morning||Cleanse | Alpha Arbutin | Niacinamide | MAP | SPF|
|Evening||Cleanse | Alpha Arbutin | Azelaic Acid|
Deciem say you could add the vitamin c Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution in the evening just before Azelaic Acid for added support.
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin
Alpha Arbutin is a water based serum that helps fades dark spots and pigmentation. It can be used in the morning and evening by applying just a couple of drops to cleansed skin. Once you feel the Alpha Arbutin has been absorbed, apply Niacinamide followed by MAP.
- Fades pigmentation
- Dark Spots
- When & How: Use AM & PM before oils / cream
- No Conflicts
The Ordinary Niacinamide
Niacinamide is a water based serum that regulates sebum and minimises pores. It can be used in the morning and the evening, although in this routine you would only use it once a day. Apply a few drops on top of the Alpha Arbutin and follow with MAP and your sun cream.
A common problem with Niacinamide is that people find it can foam a bit. Try using less product and patting the product on rather than rubbing it. Also make sure you skin is cleansed really well with no residue from your cleanser.
- Regulates sebum
- Minimises Pores
- When & How: AM & PM before creams and oils
- Conflicts: Vitamin C Ethylated Ascorbic Acid and ´L´Ascorbic Acid Powder.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a great vitamin c to use, especially if you’re new to skincare because it doesn’t have any conflicts. It´s a lovely emulsion which is applied after your water based products. It can be used in the morning and evening.
- Brightens skin
- Evens tone
- Signs of ageing
- When & How: AM & PM after water solutions
Azelaic Acid is a fabulous emulsion product that brightens your skin and evens skin tone. It should preferably be used in the evening only as your final step in this routine.
- Evens skintone
- Texture Irregularities
- When & How: Preferably PM after water solution
If you are new to The Ordinary and skincare in general, I highly recommend starting with a set regimen or asking Deciem for a personalised regimen where you will save time, money and a lot of stress.