The Ordinary Products – What do they do?

The Ordinary Products

The Ordinary skincare products can be really confusing so to make it easier, this page only lists The Ordinary products and what they target.

If you’re completely new to skincare, I would personally ask Deciem for a skincare routine or have a look at 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.

ask Deciem for a regimen

The Ordinary Products By Categories

The Ordinary 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 favourites 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. My skin feels really hydrated and it feels better than a heavy cream, particularly in the hot weather. These products have no conflicts so are really easy to use in any routine.

Retinols & Retinoids by The Ordinary

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.


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 have 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 shouldn´t be mixed with the Niacinamide Powder.
  • If you´re new to skincare, I would advise starting with one of these and make life simple for yourself. 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 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 which would be applied 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

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.

The Ordinary

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 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. The hair serum has some very mixed reviews too.

The Ordinary Colours & The Ordinary Primers

Serum FoundationCoverage Foundation
High-Adherence Silicone PrimerHigh Spreadability Fluid Primer

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.