Skincare Products You Need from The Ordinary

If you’re into skincare, and you haven’t tried The Ordinary, you’ve no doubt heard of it. As their tagline says, the products are clinical formulations with integrity. I’d describe the line as no-frills actives that everyone can afford.

The packaging looks clinical, there are no pretty scents, it doesn’t feel luxurious and once you see the price points, you will forget about all of those things.

It may be called The Ordinary, but it’s anything but.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

I think everyone with dry skin could benefit from a hyaluronic acid serum. Especially in the winter, your regular moisturizer alone just won’t cut it so adding a HA serum underneath will boost hydration.

This one is nice. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a tacky or sticky feeling. It has no scent and it hydrates and plumps up the skin well.

I apply this after washing my face, before my regular moisturizer and SPF. When doing so, my makeup looks especially good and I usually get more skin compliments that day.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

This 100% looks like blood, and I think if we’re honest with ourselves, most of us bought it for that very reason. With AHAs Glycolic and Lactic acid, Peeling Solution exfoliates away the dead skin cells on the surface, while BHA Salicylic Acid clears up the pore debris.

Make sure you wash this off after the recommended 10 minutes. Do not mess around and leave it on too long. If you follow the directions, it gives you a refreshed, smoother, tighter appearance.

Fun fact: Wondering what gives this product it’s murderous color? Pepper berries!


Pretty sure I wanted Buffet for the name alone. It’s a literal buffet of anti-aging peptides and amino acids, including classics like Matrixyl 3000-not to be confused with Andre 3000, and Syn-Ake Peptide Complex, not to be confused with snakes.

Lactic Acid 10% + HA

I ordered this in the hopes of replacing my super expensive Sunday Riley Good Genes. I’ll be honest; it smells like sour milk, straight up, which does make me grimace every time I use it. I will always prefer an odd scent to an artificial one but, I wish it was a little less stank. Girl’s over here drinking coconut and cashew milk but putting stinky sour milk on her face.

It can sting a big when you first apply it but it’s nothing alarming to me. I would not recommend the 10% version of this unless you’ve been using acid products like I have for some time. I would start with their 5% version first, working your way up to the 10%.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

I apply this serum when I’m feeling a breakout coming on, in the weeks before my period usually, when my texture is looking bumpy. I’ve had good luck with another blemish-controlling Niacinamide serum, Glossier’s Super Pure so hoped for the same results.

This niacinamide serum seems to be doing a really good job of keeping my skin stable when it’s trying to test me and break out. I’ve had several spots hint at ruining my life, that never turned into anything after several nights of applying this.

Top Ordinary Picks

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and The Buffet seem to be the most effective, offering a ton of bang for your buck, though all of The Ordinary products are a great value.

I just finished and reordered the Niacinamide and also the Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% to try.

I hope this post has been helpful if you’ve been considering The Ordinary. I’ve been impressed with this skincare line and honestly, the price just cannot be beat so what do you have to lose?!

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