Best The Ordinary SkinCare Products

If you still haven’t heard about The Ordinary or seen it being used by beauty TikTokers, then your day is about to be fully made. But for most budget-savvy beauty lovers (like myself and other Allure editors), The Ordinary — which is owned by Deciem — is basically vernacular. Its star-studded lineup includes a Best of Beauty–winning hyaluronic acid serum, social-media-famous face peel, and a glycolic acid toning solution. We’re talking about affordable, to-the-point skin-care products that address every skin issue under the sun. Do you have skin dryness? Would you like marula, argan, or rosehip seed oil? What about dull skin? There’s a salicylic, lactic, or mandelic acid for you.

After launching at both Ulta Beauty and Sephora, the brand is more accessible to consumers than ever. We rounded up our favorite products from The Ordinary that we can’t stop talking about — but with such affordable price points, we wouldn’t blame you if you went ahead and bought them all. It’s all in the name of perfecting your skin-care routine, right?

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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 30ml

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Transform skin with The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution; a powerful resurfacing treatment that acts as a ten-minute exfoliating facial to revitalise and tone.

The scientifically developed formula delivers a specified blend of 30% Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (Glycloic, Lactic, Tartaric and Citric) as well as 2% Beta Hydroxyl Salicylic Acid. The pair have been carefully pH balanced for optimum efficacy, working to deeply exfoliate the surface layer of skin, unclog pores, combat blemishes and visibly improve uneven textures.

Plant-derived Tasmanian Pepperberry helps reduce irritation associated with acid use, while a cross-polymer form of Hyaluronic Acid seeks to alleviate dryness and discomfort. Vitamin B5 encourages healing and antioxidant-rich Black Carrot tackles free radical damage.

Free from alcohol, oil, silicones and gluten. Vegan. Cruelty free.

Please Note: This formula contains a very high concentration of free acids. We recommend use only if you are an experienced user of acid exfoliation and your skin is not sensitive.

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The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Concentrated Serum 30ml

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Combat discolouration and blemish-prone skin with the Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Concentrated Serum from The Ordinary, a brand that utilises effective clinical technologies to create innovative skincare formulas.

Harnessing the powers of Purified Alpha Arbutin and Hyaluronic Acid, the lightweight, fast-absorbing serum works to minimise the appearance of brown spots and imperfections, whilst inhibiting melanin formation to reduce the look of hyperpigmentation. Complete with a pipette for mess-free application.

Not tested on animals.

Free from parabens, sulphates and mineral oil.

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The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% 30ml

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Reveal a uniform complexion with The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension; a multi-functional brightening gel that is suitable for all skin types.

Fortified with Azelaic acid found in grains, the formula brightens the overall appearance of skin tone, as well as improving skin’s texture. Blemishes and areas of uneven pigmentation are visibly reduced. Working as an antioxidant, the suspension leaves the complexion visibly bright and uniform.

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque 50ml

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Clarify and renew your complexion with The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque. This face mask is suitable for oily and blemish prone skin, helping to reduce the appearance of imperfections while revealing the more radiant skin underneath.

A blend of charcoal and clay provides an ultra-deep cleanse helping to draw out impurities from the pores to reduce the appearance of blackheads, blemishes and clogged pores. Salicylic Acid exfoliates deep into the pores, promoting a smoother and clearer complexion. Dead skin cells on the skin’s surface are dislodged to leave your complexion glowing, with a more even tone. This rinse off mask is perfect for a pamper evening or as a rescue treatment for when your skin is feeling congested.

Suitable for oily and blemish-prone complexions.

Free from silicone, alcohol, oil, gluten and nuts.

Vegan and cruelty-free.

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The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane 30ml

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100% Plant-Derived Squalane from cult-favourite skincare brand The Ordinary is a pure, natural supplement to optimise hydration levels.

Found naturally within skin, the botanical lipid Squalane is a saturated and stable hydrocarbon that delivers exceptional moisture retention properties and can help prevent transdermal moisture loss. Suitable for all skin types, it has been sustainably sourced and is non-comedogenic to avoid clogging pores.

Skin feels replenished and supple, or apply to hair for enhanced heat protection, optimal shine and minimised breakage.   

Free from water, oil, alcohol, silicones and nuts. Vegan. Cruelty free.

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The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density 60ml

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Combat thinning and achieve smoother and denser-looking locks with The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density; a concentrated formula designed to support hair health for a noticeably thicker, denser and fuller mane. The ultra-lightweight emollient base is infused with various complexes that make up 21.25% of the formula (REDENSYL™, Procapil™, CAPIXYL™, BAICAPIL™, AnaGain™) and high-solubility Caffeine for efficient penetration. Massage the daily leave-in drops into the scalp to stimulate healthy hair growth with improved density and volume.

Free from alcohol, silicone and allergens.

Vegan. Cruelty-free.

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The Ordinary "Buffet" Multi-Technology Peptide Serum 30ml

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Target visible signs of ageing with the “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum from The Ordinary. Combining an array of effective technologies, the “Buffet” serum is able to target multiple signs of ageing in one versatile formula.

The concentrated serum boasts multiple Peptide complexes, including Matrixyl 3000, Syn-Ake and Relistase, which work in synergy with 11 skin-friendly Amino Acids. With regular use, the serum seeks to smooth the complexion, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Expect a youthful look that is ultra-nourished.

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The Ordinary Hydration Bundle

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A selection of treatments meant to address one of the most fundamental aspects of skin health, hydration. The treatments in this kit deeply hydrate, moisturize, and balance the skin.

Suitable for all ages and skin types looking to balance dryness, dehydration and the often associated overproduction of oil, to achieve uniform, healthy, moisturized skin.

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (3.5 fl. oz)
A cream formula that offers non-greasy surface hydration that acts as a direct topical supplement of impaired Natural Moisturizing Factors components; NMF are elements that keep the outer layer of the skin protected and well-hydrated.

Hyaluronic Acid + B5 (1 fl. oz)
A lightweight gel serum that uses 3 hyaluronic acid compounds, powerful humectants that can hold up to 1000x their weight in water, to hydrate and plump the skin.

100% Squalane Plant-Derived Squalane (1 fl. oz)
A saturated and stable hydrocarbon that is found naturally in the skin. It has very high emollience, is an exceptional hydrator, and can prevent ongoing loss of hydration that impairs dermal suppleness.

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Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer

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Hydrate Facial Moisturizer isn’t just an ordinary lotion. This product is formulated to provide long-lasting hydration for all-day moisture protection. Hydrate Facial Moisturizer contains Hydromanil, a technologically advanced ingredient which retains water and gradually delivers moisture to the skin. So not only does this cream provide immediate moisturization, it also continues to hold water in the layers of your skin over time. In fact, as demonstrated in a moisturization study, Hydrate Facial Moisturizer provides 8-hour moisture protection!

Benefits:

  • Helps to combat skin dryness without clogging pores.
  • Provides all day hydration.
  • Formula is gentle, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
  • Can be used by all skin types.
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Exuviance Illuminating Oxygen Facial 3 oz

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Hydrate Facial Moisturizer isn’t just an ordinary lotion. This product is formulated to provide long-lasting hydration for all-day moisture protection. Hydrate Facial Moisturizer contains Hydromanil, a technologically advanced ingredient which retains water and gradually delivers moisture to the skin. So not only does this cream provide immediate moisturization, it also continues to hold water in the layers of your skin over time. In fact, as demonstrated in a moisturization study, Hydrate Facial Moisturizer provides 8-hour moisture protection!

Benefits:

  • Helps to combat skin dryness without clogging pores.
  • Provides all day hydration.
  • Formula is gentle, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
  • Can be used by all skin types.
 
 
In 2013, the beauty industry could have never anticipated the meteoric rise of a then-newcomer skin-care brand called The Ordinary. However, with minimalist, flatlay-friendly packaging and too-good-to-be-true prices, it’s no surprise that the products quickly took off among beauty novices and die-hards alike — and the rest is history.
 
However, the brand’s many successes weren’t without behind-the-scenes controversy. Following the tragic news of co-founder Brandon Truaxe’s death in 2019, the brand has worked on returning to its roots with a renewed focus on developing accessibly-priced, highly innovative products for Deciem’s global fan base that now span skin care, makeup, and hair care.
 
In recent years, the direct-to-consumer brand has debuted at a handful of major retailers, including Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and UK-based Lookfantastic, so it’s officially never been easier to restock your favorite wallet-friendly products.
 
With many of us spending more time at home (and perhaps rediscovering the feel-good effect of taking care of our skin), we’re taking a moment to reacquaint ourselves with the brand’s suite of products. And to help with this handy guide, we’ve sought the input of cosmetic chemist and The Beauty Brains co-founder Randy Schueller, as well as Miami-based dermatologist , MD. Keep reading for a comprehensive breakdown of what’s inside those cute little bottles and squeezy tubes, ahead.
 
 

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + Ha 2% 30ml (Pack of 2)

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Lactic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. This 10% formulation offers mild exfoliation and is supported with a purified Tasmanian pepperberry known to reduce signs of inflammation and sensitivity that is often associated with exfoliation. This formula contains a studied Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to help reduce irritation associated with acid use. This derivative is of plant origin and varies in colour seasonally and this colour variation may be apparent in the formula from time to time. Contraindications: Lactic Acid should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. Please refer to additional sun protection note and other warnings in provided Directions. This pH of this formula is approximately 3.8. Lactic Acid has a pKa of 3.8 and pKa is the most important aspect to consider in formulating with acids. pKa implies acid availability. When pKa is close to pH, there is an ideal balance between salt and acidity, maximizing effectiveness of the acid.

THE ORDINARY The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution 240Ml

Offers a gentle exfoliation for improved skin brightness and visible clarity
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7%
Toning Solution

Offers a gentle exfoliation for improved skin brightness and visible clarity The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7%Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin. This 7% toning solution offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use.

Contraindications: This formula should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin. Please refer to additional sun protection note and other warnings in provided Directions.

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Essia Ultrasonic Lifting & Exfoliating Wand

Lifts and tightens skin
Removes blackheads and dead skin cells
Anions deeply penetrate 3-5mm into skin for superior nutrient absorption
EMS micro-current awakens skin, clearing pores, lifting facial contours and helps to reduce lines

Welcome to the future of skincare.

Getting rid of lines and clogged pores is on everyone’s checklist.

So, let’s start by instantly lifting and firming skin with Essia, the ultrasonic wand that uses a combination of high-frequency, ultrasonic oscillation technology and electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) to penetrate skin by 3-5mm.

Essia features three modes—each specialized for any need: Exfoliate, Moisturize and Lift.

The ultrasonic vibrations from the Exfoliate setting work to dislodge blackheads and other impurities from pores, helping fight off rogue breakouts and inflammation.

Then, there’s Moisturize mode, designed to make the most of skincare products. Once changed to this setting, the same ultrasonic oscillation that helps clear away impurities combines with an anion flow to help skin attract and absorb product. Meaning moisturizers and serums are absorbed more deeply and are more effective overall.

But, by far, Essia’s most potent feature is the EMS micro-current generated by Lift mode that gently stimulates facial muscles, tightening skin, lifting facial contours and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Lucky Seven

Get lucky with skin that radiates effortlessly with formulas so clean and potent, your friends will be wondering how you got so lucky with such flawless skin. 

CLEAN

Wash away the BS with the Foaming Cleanser twice a day. Spray the Purifying Toner right on your face and use a cotton pad to swipe it across freshly cleansed skin or let it absorb into your skin if you’re looking for more hydration.

TREAT

Pat on 2-3 drops of the Vitamin C + E Serum and wait a few minutes to let the serum absorb into the skin.

HYDRATE

Add a dose of hydration with the Day + Night Hyaluronic Cream and finish off with a layer of protection with the Daily Moisturizer with SPF 20.

AT NIGHT

Use one pump of the Retinol Night Cream to cover your clean face and neck (be sure to wash off the Night Cream and use SPF the next morning!).

WEEKLY

When your skin needs some extra loving, spread the Charcoal Mask on thick over clean skin and peel away stubborn pore residue after 20 minutes. 

Pro Tip: Take it slow when adding multiple new products to your routine. Instead of using all your new products at once (I know, it’s tempting!), use 1 or 2 products at a time before introducing the next one. Everyone’s skin is different so you’ll want to ease into a new regimen to be able to understand how your skin is taking to each individual product.

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Rejuven8

These sensitive-skin-approved formulas will give you the deepest clean, brightest glow, and smoothest complexion you’ve ever had! Rejuven8 takes the guesswork out of skincare with your essentials for healthy, happy skin.
 

CLEAN

Wash away the BS with the Foaming Cleanser twice a day. Spray the Purifying Toner right on your face and use a cotton pad to swipe it across freshly cleansed skin or let it absorb into your skin if you’re looking for more hydration.

TREAT

Dab a pea-sized amount of Caffeine Eye Cream onto your ocular bone and tap (don’t rub!) until fully absorbed. Pat on 2-3 drops of the Vitamin C + E Serum and wait a few minutes to let the serum absorb into the skin.

HYDRATE

Add a dose of hydration with the Antoxidant CoQ10 Cream and finish off with a layer of protection with the Daily Moisturizer with SPF 20.

AT NIGHT

Tap on a pea-sized amount of the Caffeine Eye Cream and let it fully absorb. Follow up with one pump of the Retinol Night Cream to cover your clean face and neck (be sure to wash off the Night Cream and use SPF the next morning!).

WEEKLY

When your skin needs some extra loving, spread the Charcoal Mask on thick over clean skin and peel away stubborn pore residue after 20 minutes. Follow up with your choice of Purifying Toner, Vitamin C + E Serum, or Antioxidant CoQ10 Cream. 

Pro Tip: Take it slow when adding multiple new products to your routine. Instead of using all your new products at once (I know, it’s tempting!), use 1 or 2 products at a time before introducing the next one. Everyone’s skin is different so you’ll want to ease into a new regimen to be able to understand how your skin is taking to each individual product.

Wonder why your skin is so dry season to season? It could mean that your skin’s moisture barrier is damaged, creating invisible cracks in the skin.

This causes moisture to escape and pores more prone to irritants. Don’t hyperventilate, instead, build these great skincare habits into your daily routine and your skin will be smiling and quenched. No B.S.

You shine naturally, and that’s a good thing! But when skin is outshining you due to larger oil glands and high sebum content, you might be looking for a solution that lessens oil activity by keeping skin cells lightly hydrated. 

Develop great habits that’ll make you and your skin happy.

Sensitive skin isn’t necessarily acne-prone, it just responds to irritation and can get red more easily. A gentle balance must be struck with sensitive skin. Since it’s more responsive to irritation and not necessarily acne-prone, the trick is to be delicate, not aggressive. If you’re this boss babe with a more sensitive side to your skin, we’ve got you covered! Build these great skin care habits into your daily routine and your skin will be smiling.

Is Your Skin Giving You Gemini Vibes (hella two-faced)?

Do you find your skin oily in some places and dry in others? Yup, that’s combination skin.

Ditch trying to use two different routines, and stick to our combination skincare routine below; because friends don’t let friends waste time on unnecessary routines.

Break Up With Your Breakouts

Whether you always suffered from acne, or because it’s that time of the month, acne-prone skin should be handled with care and a lot of attention.

What can we say, skin is needy. It’s time to break up with your acne by adopting some new routines that will give you clear, healthy skin.

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