The Ordinary Products – What do they do?

The Ordinary Products

The Ordinary products can be really confusing so to make it easier this page only lists The Ordinary products and what each one of them targets. If you’re completely new to skincare, I would highly recommend asking Deciem for a skincare routine or have a look at all The Ordinary Routines here and lots of personalised The Ordinary routines here. If you wish to have a go at working out a regimen for yourself, I would advise 1 maybe 2 from each category and preferably products with no or few conflicts.

You can find more pages within this website like How To Layer The Ordinary, The Ordinary Conflicts and The Ordinary Skincare Routines.

The Ordinary Products

The Ordinary Products – Hydrators & Oils

Moroccan Argan Oil Dehydration
Marula Oil Uneven Tone
Antioxidant Support
Great For Hair
Rose Hip Seed Oil Dehydration
Signs of Aging
Chia Seed Oil Supports Healthy Skin
Squalane Oil Dehydration
“B” Oil Dehydration | Irritation
Uneven Tone |Antioxidant Support
Borage Seed Oil Redness | Sensitivity
Inflammation | Dehydration
Hemi Squalane Oil Supports Healthy Skin & Hair
Tames Hair Frizz
Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil Dehydration | Signs of Ageing
Inflammation | Antioxidant
Natural Moisturising Factors Hydration | Skin Repair
Hyaluronic Acid Hydration | Skin Repair
Marine Hyaluronics Hydration | Skin Repair
Amino Acids Hydration | Skin Repair

There are 13 different products in the Hydration & Oils category with prices varying from just £2.75 for the Hemi-Squalane Oil to £14.90 for the Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil.

I would recommend adding 2 or 3 of these products to your basket. Some of my personal favorites are the Hyaluronic Acid, Marine Hyaluronics, Natural Moisturising Factors, Rose Hip Seed Oil, and the Squalane Oil. I´ve just started using the Amino Acids and I´m loving it. These products have no conflicts so are really easy to add to any routine.

The Ordinary Products – Retinol & Retinoids

Granactive Retinoid 2%, 2% & 5% in Squalane Signs of Ageing |Textural Irregularities
Retinol 0.2%, 0.5%, 1% in SqualaneSigns of Ageing |Textural Irregularities

There are 3 Retinols & 3 Retinoids to choose from. Here´s a complete guide to Retinol & Retinoids. For those of you who are new to skincare, the Granactive Retinoid 2% or 2% in Squalane is a good place to start. You would start with the lowest strength and build-up to the strongest.

Which Ordinary Retinol is the strongest?

0.2% Retinol in Squalane (Low Strength, Moderate Irritation) 
0.5% Retinol in Squalane (Moderate Strength, High Irritation) 
1% Retinol in Squalane (High Strength, Very High Irritation) 

Which Ordinary Retinoid is the strongest?

2% Granactive RetinoidEmulsion (Moderate Strength, No Irritation)
2% Granactive Retinoid in Squalane (Moderate Strength, No Irritation)
5% Granactive Retinoid in Squalane (High Strength, No to Low Irritation)

  • Prices range from just £4.20 to £11.90
  • Always use an SPF and avoid direct sunlight.
  • These should now be refrigerated.

The Ordinary Antioxidants

Alpha Lipoic (not available at the moment)Dullness | Signs of Aging
EUK 134Antioxidant Support | Redness
Resveratrol & Ferulic Acid Signs of Ageing
Textural Irregularities
Pycnogenol Skin Hydration
Rebuild Skin Elasticity

You have 4 The Ordinary Antioxidants to choose from. All of these have conflicts. Pycnogenol has the fewest conflicts. If you’re undecided, read all about The Ordinary antioxidants and reviews here. The antioxidants range from just £5.50 to £8.60.

The Ordinary Acids

AHA 30% Peeling SolutionDullness | Textural Irregularities
Alpha LipoicDullness |Signs of Aging
Antioxidant support
Azelaic AcidDullness | Uneven Tone
Textural Irregularities
Antioxidant Support
Glycolic AcidDullness | Uneven Tone
Textural Irregularities
Lactic Acid 5%Uneven tone
Textural Irregularities
Fine Lines
Lactic Acid 10%Uneven tone
Textural Irregularities
Fine Lines
Salicylic AcidLackluster Tone
Appearance of Blemishes
Mandelic AcidDullness | Uneven Tone
Textural irregularities
Salicylic Acid MasqueLackluster Tone | Appearance of Blemishes

There are 9 different acids to choose from. The Glycolic Acid is a toning solution. The AHA 30% and the Salicylic Acid masque are both 10-minute masques. Read all about The Ordinary acids and reviews here. The acids have quite a few conflicts which you can read all about here.

The acids start at just £4.20 for the Salicylic Acid up to £6.80 for the Glycolic Acid.

The Ordinary Vitamin Cs

Ascorbyl Glucoside Dullness | Uneven Tone
Signs of Age | Antioxidant Support
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Dullness |Uneven Tone
Signs of Age | Antioxidant Support
L ´Ascorbic Acid PowderUneven Tone | Signs of Age
Antioxidant Support
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Dullness | Uneven Tone
Signs of Ageing | Antioxidant Support
Vitamin C Suspension 23%Uneven Tone | Signs of Age
Antioxidant Support
Vitamin C Suspension 30%Uneven Tone |Signs of Age
Antioxidant Support
Ethylated Ascorbic AcidUneven Tone |Signs of Age
Antioxidant Support
Ascorbic Acid + Alpha ArbutinHyper-pigmentation | Dark Spots
Uneven Tone | Signs of Age
Antioxidant Support
  • There are 8 different Vitamin C products to choose from.
  • 5 are pure form which all have conflicts.
  • 3 are derivatives that have no conflicts except it shouldn´t be mixed with the Niacinamide Powder.
  • If you´re new to skincare, I would advise starting with one of the derivatives to make your routine easier. Depending on which other products you are using will depend on which vitamin c you choose with regard to their solution.
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside (water-based)
  • Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (oil-based)
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (emulsion)
  • Prices vary from just £4.90 up to £18

The Ordinary Products – More Molecules

Alpha Arbutin Hyper-pigmentation |Dark Spots
NiacinamideRegulates Sebum
Minimizes Pores
Niacinamide PowderVisible shine
Enlarged pores
Irregular skin texture
Caffeine SolutionPuffiness | Dark Circles (Eyes)
  • These three products are waterbased solutions
  • Apply as one of the first layers in your regimen.
  • Prices vary from just £5 to £7.

The Ordinary Peptides

BuffetSigns of Ageing | Firming
Buffet + CopperSigns of Ageing |Firming
Skin Health
ArgirelineSigns of Ageing
MatrixylFine Lines |Wrinkles
Hylamide Sub Q SkinFine Lines | Wrinkles | Dynamic Lines | Textural Irregularities
NIOD CAIS Copper Amino Isolate SerumOverall skin health
NIOD CAIL Copper Amino Isolate LipidOverall skin health

Everyone should add one of these in their basket. The Ordinary Buffet is probably the most popular peptide to start with along with the Buffet + Copper Peptides. Read all about The Ordinary peptides, reviews and conflicts here.

Prices vary from just £5.50 up to £28.90 for the Buffet + Copper.

Cleanser | Sun Cream | Hair Care

Squalane Cleanser*
Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants*
Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants*
Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density*

If you’re wondering about any of these products, you can check The Ordinary reviews in the Deciem Chat Room. The Squalane Cleanser is a great cleanser and is now available in 50ml and 150ml.

The sun creams have mixed reviews as some members have said it leaves a white cast. NIOD does a survival range which is really nice and leaves no white cast. The hair serum has some very mixed reviews too so please read all the reviews, the good and the bad before purchasing.

The Ordinary Colours & The Ordinary Primers

Read all about The Ordinary Colours here with reviews of the coverage and serum foundation plus colour matches. The primers are great too. My personal favourite is the Silicone Primer and I really like the serum foundation. There are websites which match up foundations across different brands. If you can, buy a couple around the shade recommended. Don´t be afraid to mix a couple of different shades together. They do go darker once applied so don´t be put off straight away if you find it´s too light.

Serum FoundationCoverage Foundation
High-Adherence Silicone PrimerHigh Spreadability Fluid Primer

The Ordinary Products For All Skin Concerns

To help you choose products by skin concerns, you may find this page useful. The Ordinary products for all skin types and concerns.