The Ordinary Products & Targets

The Ordinary Products, Targets, When & How To Use & Conflicts

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The Ordinary Retinoids

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion 

  • What is Granactive Retinoid 2% used For?  Signs of ageing, textural irregularities
  • When do I use Granactive Retinoid?  This should be used in the PM only.  Why?  Because retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation.  Please make sure you use a really good SPF.
  • Where does this fit into my routine?  This solution is an emulsion and used after water based products and before oils/creams.
  • What does this conflict with?  This shouldn’t be used with other retinoids.
  • Can I use Retinoid when pregnant or breastfeeding? Best to avoid any skincare products containing retinoids or retinols.
  • How strong is this?   This is moderate strength, no irritation.

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane

  • What is Retinoid 2% Squalane used For?  Signs of ageing, textural irregularities
  • When do I use this?  Use PM only.  Why?  Because retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation.  Please make sure you use a really good SPF.
  • Where does this fit into my routine?  This is an anhydrous solution and used after water based products and before oils/creams.
  • What does this conflict with?  This shouldn’t be used with other retinoids.
  • Can I use this when pregnant or breastfeeding? It´s best to avoid any skincare products containing retinoids or retinols.
  • How strong is this?  This is moderate strength, no irritation.

Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

  • What is Retinoid 5 % Squalane used For?  Signs of ageing, textural irregularities
  • When do I use this?  Use PM only.  Why?  Because retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation.  Use a really good SPF.
  • Where does Retinoid 5% Squalane fit into my routine?  This is an anhydrous solution and used after water based products and before oils/creams.
  • What does this conflict with?  This shouldn’t be used with other retinoids.
  • Can I use this when pregnant or breastfeeding? It´s best to avoid any skincare products containing retinoids or retinols.
  • How strong is this?  This is the high strength, low irritation

The Ordinary Retinols

Retinol 0.2% in Squalane

  • What is retinol 0.2% Squalane use for?  Signs of ageing, textural irregularities.
  • When do I use this?  Use PM only. Why? Because retinol can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation.  Use a really good SPF.
  • Where does this fit into my routine? It´s an anhydrous solution.  Use after water based products and before oils/creams.
  • Does this conflict with anything? This shouldn’t be used with other products containing retinoids or retinols
  • Can I use whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?  It´s best to avoid any skincare products containing retinoids or retinols.
  • How strong is this? Low strength with moderate irritation

Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

  • What is retinol 0.5% Squalane use for?  Signs of ageing, textural irregularities.
  • When do I use this?  Use PM only. Why?  Because retinol can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation.  Use a really good SPF.
  • Where does this fit this into my routine? It´s an anhydrous solution.  Use after water based products and before oils/creams.
  • Does this conflict with anything? This shouldn’t be used with other products containing retinoids or retinols
  • Can I use whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?  It´s best to avoid skincare products containing retinoids or retinols.
  • How strong is this? Moderate strength, high irritation

Retinol 1% in Squalane

  • What is retinol 1% Squalane use for?  Signs of ageing, textural irregularities.
  • When do I use this?  Use PM only. Why?  Because retinol can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation.  Use a really good SPF.
  • Where do I fit this into my routine? It´s an anhydrous solution.  Use after water based products and before oils/creams.
  • Does this conflict with anything? This shouldn’t be used with other products containing retinoids or retinols
  • Can I use whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?  It´s best to avoid skincare products containing retinoids or retinols.
  • How strong is this? High strength, high irritation

The Ordinary Vitamin C Range

Deciem have created a complete guide to all their different Vitamin C products here.

Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution

  • What is Ethylated Ascorbic Acid for? Signs of Ageing, antioxidant support, uneven tone.
  • When do I use this? You can use this morning and evening.
  • Where does this fit into my regimen? It´s an anhydrous solution and goes after water based solutions but before oils / creams.
  • Does this conflict with anything?  You should not use this with  Niacinamide (more molecules) or EUK 134 (antioxidants).

Ascorbic Acid + Alpha Arbutin

  • What is Ascorbic Acid + Alpha Arbutin for? Hyper-pigmentation, dark spots, uneven tone, signs of age, antioxidant Support.
  • When do I use this? You can use this morning and evening.
  • Where does this fit into my regimen? It´s an anhydrous solution and goes after water based products but before oils / creams.
  • Does this conflict with anything?  Yes, you should not use this with Niacinamide (more molecules) or EUK 134 (antioxidants).

Vitamin C 23%

  • What is The Ordinary Vitamin C 23% for? Uneven tone, signs of age, antioxidant support.
  • When do I use this? Preferably in the evening.
  • Where does Vitamin C 23% fit into my regimen? It´s a suspension and should go on after water based products.  However, Deciem have said that this should be applied after NMF if using.  If in doubt, send them a message.
  • Does this conflict with anything? Niacinamide (more molecules) and EUK 134 (antioxidants).

Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

  • What is The Ordinary Vitamin C 30% for? Uneven tone, signs of age, antioxidant support.
  • When do I use this?  Preferably in the evening
  • Where does vitamin c 30% fit into my routine? It´s a suspension and should be applied after water based products.
  • Does this conflict with anything? Niacinamide (more molecules) & EUK 134 (antioxidants).

Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate 20% Vitamin F

  • What is Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate for? Dullness, uneven tone, signs of ageing, antioxidant support.
  • When do I use this? You can use this morning and evening.
  • Where does this fit into my regimen? It´s an oil solution (very light) and should be applied after water based solutions.
  • Does this conflict with anything? No

Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vit C serum)

  • What is Ascorbyl Glucoside for? Dullness, uneven tone, signs of aging, antioxidant support.
  • When do I use this? You can use this morning and evening.
  • Where does this fit into my regimen? It´s water based so apply as one of your first layers.
  • Does this conflict with anything? No.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vit C Cream)

  • What is Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) for? Dullness, uneven tone, signs of aging, antioxidant support.
  • When do I use this? Morning and evening.
  • Where does MAP fit into my regimen? It´s an emulsion and goes after your water based products.
  • Are there any conflicts? No

100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder

  • What is L-Ascorbic Acid Powder for? Brightens skin, reduces signs of ageing, antioxidant support.
  • When do I use this? Preferably evenings only.
  • Where do I fit this into my regimen? This is a powder solution and you can mix with other treatments.  Deciem recommend mixing with Resveratrol & Ferulic Acid for a fantastic antioxidant.
  • Are there any conflicts? Yes, Niacinamide, EUK 134 and other highly acidic products.

The Ordinary Acids

Lactic Acid 5%

  • What is The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% for? Uneven tone, textural irregularities, fine Lines.
  • When do I use this? Preferably evening only.
  • Where does this fit into my regimen? It´s water based so use as one of your first layers and can also be diluted with other products, avoiding conflicting products below.
  • Does this conflict with anything? Do not use with other strong acids, EUK 134 (antioxidant) or Peptides Buffet, Buffet + Copper, Matrixyl, Argireline.
  • Avoid eye contact

Lactic Acid 10%

  • What is The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% for? Uneven tone, textural irregularities, fine Lines.
  • When do I use this? Preferably evening only.
  • Where does this fit into my regimen? It´s water based so use as one of your first layers and can also be diluted with other serums avoiding conflicting product below.
  • Does this conflict with anything? Do not use with other strong acids, EUK 134 (antioxidant) or Peptides Buffet, Buffet + Copper, Matrixyl, Argireline.
  • Avoid eye contact

Azelaic Acid

  • Brightens
  • Evens skintone
  • Texture irregularties
  • When & How: PM after water solutions
  • Solution: Emulsion

Alpha Lipoic Acid

  • Lackluster skin
  • Signs of ageing
  • 2 or 3 drops over entire face only 2-3 times a week
  • When & How: PM, 2-3 times a week
  • Solution: Anhydrous

Glycolic Acid

  • Brightens skin
  • Radiant even tone
  • Use PM after cleanse, before moisturisers
  • When & How: PM After cleansing, before serums
  • Solution: Water

AHA 30% Peeling Solution

  • Lackluckster tone
  • Texture irregularities
  • Blemishes
  • When & How: PM only.  Apply to dry skin avoiding eyes.  Leave for no more than 10 minutes once or twice a week. Rinse with lukewarm water, avoid contact with eyes.

Salicylic Acid 2%

  • Flights acne
  • Evens skintone
  • Spot treatment or entire face
  • When & How: AM & PM After cleansing, before creams
  • Solution: Water

Mandelic Acid

  • Dullness
  • Uneven Tone
  • Textural irregularities
  • When & How: PM, before creams / oils
  • Solution: Water

The Ordinary Antioxidants

EUK 134

  • Antioxidant Support
  • When & How: AM & PM before oils / creams
  • Conflicts: Highly acidic formulations of ascorbic acid.
  • Solution: Anhydrous

Resveratrol

  • Antioxidant Support
  • When & How:  AM & PM, before Oils / Creams
  • Solution: Anhydrous

Alpha Lipoic Acid

  • Lackluster skin
  • Signs of ageing
  • When & How: PM, 2-3 times a week.  Apply hydrator after if needed.
  • Solution: Anhydrous

Pycnogenol 5%

  • Antioxidant Support
  • Enhances Skin Hydration
  • Rebuilds Skin Elasticity
  • Solution Anhydrous
  • After Water Based Serums but before oils/creams
  • AM & PM

The Ordinary Hydration

Hyaluronic Acid

  • Hydrates
  • Smooths and plumps
  • When & How: AM & PM as a first layer before creams & oils
  • Solution: Water

Marine Hyaluronics

  • Hydration
  • Repair
  • When & How: AM & PM as a first layer before creams & oils
  • Solution: Water

Natural Moisturizing Factors

  • Hydrates
  • Protects skin from moisture loss
  • When & How: AM & PM, last product before primer
  • Solution: Emulsion

Borage Oil

  • Redness
  • Sensitivity
  • Inflammation
  • Dehydration
  • Supports Healthy Skin
  • When & How: AM & PM after water solutions
  • Solution: Oil

Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil

  • Dehydration
  • Signs of Ageing
  • Inflammation
  • Antioxidant Support
  • Supports Healthy Skin
  • When & How: Ideally PM, mix with other treatments
  • Solution: Oil

Rose Hip Seed Oil

  • Hydrates
  • Dehydration
  • Signs of Dullness
  • When & How: PM after water solutions
  • Solution: Oil

Marula Oil

  • Hydrates
  • Radiant tone
  • When & How: AM / PM after water solutions
  • Solution: Oil

Moroccan Argan Oil

  • Hydrates
  • Softens skin and hair
  • When & How: Ideally PM after water solutions
  • Solution: Oil

Plant Derived Squalane

  • Hydrates
  • Prevents moisture loss
  • When & How: AM & PM, after water solutions
  • Solution: Oil

Hemi-Squalane

  • Supports Healthy Skin & Hair
  • Tames Hair Frizz
  • Oil Solution
  • Use After Water Based Serums
  • AM & PM

Amino Acids + B5

  • Hydration
  • Skin Repair
  • Supports Healthy Skin
  • When & How: AM & PM, before oils & creams
  • Solution:  Water

High Spreadability Primer

  • Gives a dewy look
  • Make-up lasts longer
  • When & How: AM & PM last step before make up
  • Solution: Anhydrous

High Adherence Silicone Primer

  • Mattifies
  • Make-up lasts longer
  • Good for large pores
  • When & How: AM & PM last step before make up
  • Solution: Emulsion

Peptides

Buffet + Copper Peptides

  • Signs of Ageing
  • Firming
  • Skin Health
  • When & How:  AM &PM.  At least 30 seconds before or 3o minutes after products containing direct acids, vit c or retinoids.
  • Solution: Water
  • Conflicts:  Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid and Ethylated Ascorbic Acid) and Direct Acids.  Please see Deciem official website for more information.

Buffet

  • Wrinkles
  • Dark spots
  • Ageing
  • When & How: AM & PM before oils / creams
  • Solution: Water
  • Conflicts:  Vitamin Cs L-Ascorbic Acid and Ethylated Ascorbic Acid and Direct Acids.  Please see Deciem official website for more information.

Argireline Solution

  • Softens wrinkles around eyes and forehead
  • Signs of Ageing
  • When & How: AM & PM, first layer before oils / creams
  • Solution: Water

Matrixyl

  • Reduces fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Loss of elasticity
  • When & How: AM & PM, before oils / creams
  • Solution: Water
  • Conflicts:  Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid and Ethylated Ascorbic Acid) and Direct Acids.  Please see Deciem official website for more information.

 Other Molecules

Niacinamide 10% plus Zinc 1%

  • Regulates sebum
  • Minimises pores
  • When & How: AM/PM before creams & oils
  • Conflicts: Vitamin C
  • Solution: Water

Alpha Arbutin

  • Fades pigmentation
  • Dark spots
  • When & How: AM & PM before oils / creams
  • Solution: Water

Caffeine Solution

  • Reduces dark circles
  • Puffiness
  • When & How: AM & PM around eyes
  • Solution: Water