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A Guide to The Ordinary Products

This page was written and suggested by Ari H. from Michigan

If you’re new to skincare, building a regimen that works for you can be intimidating. Comparing the thousands of skincare products that promise clear, glowing skin without any filters is no easy task! Even after you decide which products you may want to try, it can be difficult to perfect your skincare routine without breaking the bank.


Luckily, The Ordinary by DECIEM has eliminated some of the guesswork in determining what’s best for your skin with affordable and effective products. 

The Ordinary launched in 2017 and reinvented the beauty industry with high-quality products without high price tags. One of the more refreshing aspects of the Ordinary’s brand is a commitment to simplicity in its products. Extravagant packaging and ambitious marketing is replaced with direct ingredient lists and an emphasis on the science behind skincare. However, it can be difficult to decide which of The Ordinary’s products will target your skincare concerns.


Here’s your guide to The Ordinary’s most popular products!


The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, 50 mL for $7.90 click the image to access the product's site

Main Ingredients: Squalane 

This moisturizing and gentle cleanser promises to melt your makeup while removing facial impurities. This daily cleanser smoothes the skin without over-drying.


The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, 30 mL for $7.20 click the image to access the product's site

Main Ingredients: 30% Alpha Hydroxy Acids, 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid, Hyaluronic Acid Crosspolymer, Vitamin B5, Black Carrot, and Tasmanian Pepperberry

This exfoliating acid mask is one of The Ordinary’s most popular products as it’s iconic for its “blood red” color. This peeling solution promises a brighter and more even skin with a deeper exfoliation to help clear pore congestion. 


The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, 240 mL for $8.70 click the image to access the product's site

Main Ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Amino Acids, Aloe Vera, Ginseng, and Tasmanian Pepperberry 

This toning solution is a mild exfoliant designed to improve skin radiance and clarity while smoothing textural irregularities.


The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, 30 mL for $6.80 click the image to access the product's site

Main Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, B5 

This hydrating serum features different molecular densities of Hyaluronic Acid which deeply moisturizes and plumps the skin while B5 further supports surface hydration. 


The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, 30 mL for $5.90 click the image to access the product's site

Main Ingredients: Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Zinc PCA


If your skin is more oily, then this is the serum for you! The high concentration of niacinamide in this formula helps to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes while zinc balances visible sebum activity.

My personal review:

As a woman of color, it can sometimes be difficult to find products that work well with my skin. For this reason, when I tried The Ordinary for the first time, I was slightly skeptical.

I’ve been using The Ordinary Glycolic Toner 7% Toning Solution and AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution for about three months. My skin has NEVER looked so radiant and clear! There’s no reason to be concerned about the effectiveness of The Ordinary products on melanin-rich skin. My only recommendation is to do your research before purchasing from The Ordinary to make sure you choose products that target your skin’s needs. I have combination skin meaning that I have oily skin in some areas and dry skin in others. 

Developing your skincare routine will take some trial and error. The Ordinary proves that your skincare does not have to be complicated or cost tons of $$$ . Hopefully, this guide will help you to have a better understanding of The Ordinary products and allow you to create a skin regimen that works for you!

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