The Ordinary Products – What do they do?

When I first heard about The Ordinary back in January 2017, there were only around 20 products under The Ordinary brand. There are nearly 60 and it keeps growing with new products being released all the time.

The Ordinary products can be really confusing, so to make it easier, this page only lists The Ordinary products and what they do for your skin.

If you’re completely new to the brand, I personally would ask Deciem for a skincare routine or have a look at the set routines here. If you do want to have a go at working out a regimen for yourself, I would advise 1 or maybe 2 from each category and if you can find a product with no conflicts, start with one of these.

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 By Categories

  • The Ordinary Hydrators & Oils
  • The Ordinary Retinols & Retinoids
  • The Ordinary Antioxidants
  • The Ordinary Acids
  • The Ordinary Vitamin C
  • Peptides
  • More Molecules
  • Cleansers, Hair Care, Sun Care & Colours

The Ordinary Hydrators & Oils

In this category there are 13 different products to choose from with prices varying from just £2.75 for the Hemi-Squalane Oil to £14.90 for the Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil.

I highly recommend adding at least 2 or 3 of these Hydrating products to your basket.

Some of my personal favourites and the favourites of the Deciem Chat Room are the Hyaluronic Acid, Marine Hyaluronics, Natural Moisturising Factors, Rose Hip Seed Oil and the Squalane Oil.

Product
Targets
Moroccan Argan OilDehydration
Marula OilUneven Tone
Dehydration
Antioxidant Support
Great For Hair
Rose Hip Seed OilDehydration
Dullness
Signs of Aging
Chia Seed OilSupports Healthy Skin
Squalane OilDehydration
“B” OilDehydration | Irritation
Uneven Tone |Antioxidant Support
Borage Seed OilRedness | Sensitivity
Inflammation | Dehydration
Hemi Squalane OilSupports Healthy Skin & Hair
Tames Hair Frizz
Sea BuckThorn Fruit OilDehydration | Signs of Aging
Inflammation | Antioxidant
Support
Natural Moisturising FactorsHydration | Skin Repair
Hyaluronic AcidHydration | Skin Repair
Marine HyaluronicsHydration | Skin Repair
Amino AcidsHydration | Skin Repair

The Ordinary Retinols & Retinoids

There are 6 different Retinols & Retinoids to choose from that all have different strengths. For newbies the Granactive Retinoid 2% or 2% in Squalane is a good place to start. I would recommend only purchasing 1 of these products to start. You would start with the lowest strength and build up to the strongest.

Which Oridnary Retinol is the strongest?

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

Which Ordinary Retinoid is the strongest?

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

Prices range from just £4.20 to £11.90. Please remember when using these products you must use an SPF and avoid direct sunlight.

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

The Ordinary Antioxidants

You have 4 The Ordinary Antioxidants to choose from and we all need at least one antioxidant in our life. All of them except for the Pycnogenol have conflicts, so check all your other products before buying.

If you’re undecided which antioxidant to go for, come and chat with us in the Deciem Chat Room.

The antioxidants range from just £5.50 to £8.60.

ProductTargets
Alpha LipoicDullness | Signs of Aging
EUK 134Antioxidant Support | Redness
Resveratrol & Ferulic AcidSigns of Ageing
Textural Irregularities
PycnogenolSkin Hydration
Rebuild Skin Elasticity

The Ordinary Acids

There are 8 different acids to choose from. The Glycolic Acid is a toning solution. The AHA 30% and the Salicylic Acid Masque are masques that should only be used once or twice a week. The rest you can use regularly but there are conflicts so you will have to alternate these in your routines depending on the other products you are using.

I highly advise not to buy too many acids. You should avoid using acids with other acids in the same routine as well as some of the vitamin c and peptides. Always check conflicts. Lactic Acid 5% is a nice acid to start with.

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

ProductTargets
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

The Ordinary Vitamin Cs

There are 8 different Vitamin C products to choose from. How do you chose which one is good for you? You can read all about the different vitamin c products here , but it really depends on the other products you are using in your regimen.

If you’re already using an emulsion and/or oil in your routine, then you would maybe be better going for the Ascorbyl Glucoside which is a water based product. It´s all about the layering!

If you’re new to skincare, then there are 3 vitamin c products that have no conflicts which would be a good place to start. These are the Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate and the Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate.

Prices vary from just £4.90 up to £18 for the Ethylated Ascorbic Acid.

ProductTargets
Ascorbyl Glucoside Dullness | Uneven Tone
Signs of Age | Antioxidant Support
Ascorbyl TetraisopalmitateDullness |Uneven Tone
Signs of Age | Antioxidant Support
L ´Ascorbic Acid PowderUneven Tone | Signs of Age
Antioxidant Support
Magnesium Ascorbyl PhosphateDullness | 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

The Ordinary More Molecules

These three products are water based solutions which would be applied as one of the first layers in your regimen. Niacinamide is the only one that has conflicts to look out for. All these products are different products and many people have all 3 of these in their skincare stash.

Prices vary from just £5 to £7.

ProductTargets
Alpha ArbutinHyper-pigmentation |Dark Spots
NiacinamideRegulates Sebum
Minimizes Pores
Caffeine SolutionPuffiness | Dark Circles (Eyes)

The Ordinary Peptides

Everyone should add one of these in their baskets. Buffet is probably the most popular one to start with as it targets so many signs of ageing.

These peptides do conflict with other products (Buffet + Copper as the most conflicts) so be aware you may have to use these either in the morning or evening. Peptides shouldn´t be used in the same routine as other acids or pure vitamin c.

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

ProductTargets
BuffetSigns of Ageing | Firming
Buffet + CopperSigns of Ageing |Firming
Skin Health
ArgirelineSigns of Ageing
MatrixylFine Lines |Wrinkles

The Ordinary

Cleanser | Sun Cream | Hair Care

If you’re wondering about any of these products, you can check reviews in the Deciem Chat Room. The Squalane Cleanser is great!

The sun creams have mixed reviews as members have said they can leave a white cast, so check before you buy! The hair serum has some amazing reviews and then some not so great reviews.

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

The Ordinary Colours & Primers

Looking for the perfect shade foundation? Then have a look at our “Colour” file in the Chat Room which has lots of useful links to Foundation Matching websites and a photo album with all the members sharing their tones for you to see.

The primers are great too and my favourite has to be the Silicone Primer. My make-up has never looked so smooth or stayed on so long.

The Ordinary Serum FoundationThe Ordinary Coverage Foundation
High-Adherence Silicone PrimerHigh Spreadability Fluid Primer

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