The Ordinary Updated Skincare Review

The Ordinary Skincare Review

Hi everyone, today’s post is looking at the skincare brand The Ordinary. A favourite amongst skincare lovers! For those of you who may not have heard of the brand, they basically strip back skincare products and instead of selling expensive products that contain lots of ingredients for different skin issues, they sell products individually allowing you to tailor your routine and the products you buy to ensure they really suit your skin and achieve the job you want them to. The packaging is also good. Most products come in a glass bottle with a pipette dropper attached to the lid allowing you to control how much you use.

I have done a few posts about The Ordinary over the past couple of years, which I will list at the bottom of the post. I really like their products and still, have them included in my daily skincare routine. They are great quality products at affordable prices. When I get asked about what products people can buy to help their skin needs I always recommend The Ordinary products as I know they are effective and at such low costs, they are a good starting point for you to see if they work with your skin. Today’s post will review the products that I use on a regular basis. There are quite a few so will contain lots of information. Enjoy…

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

£5.50 for 50ml from The Ordinary

The Ordinary cleanser

This is a gentle moisturising cleanser. You work it into your dry skin and it turns into cleansing oil on the skin. When worked into the skin the oil will breakdown your make up. You then add a bit of water and work it in some more before rinsing it off with warm water. This is soap-free and gentle on the skin. It is a lovely cleanser that leaves skin feeling really soft and clean. I use it as my first cleanse. I really like this but I find it is getting used up quickly. I also use the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser which is really effective and soft on my skin but this is more cost-effective. So in all honesty, as nice as The Ordinary one is, I would probably stick to my CeraVe one (link to the review here). I tend to not spend a lot of my cleansers and spend my money on my oils and serums.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

£5.00 for 30ml from The Ordinary

The ordinary Niacinamide

This is a high-strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula. It reduces the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion, reduces the appearance of pores and effectively helps to brighten the skin. I have not been using this for too long but have noticed a huge difference in my pores and my skin is looking brighter. I don’t have blemishes so have not been able to see how effective it is with this skin problem, but lots of reviews say it is great for reducing blemishes and balancing sebum activity that often causes spots and blemishes. I mix a drop of this with my Buffet serum in the morning and evening. I apply it after my cleanser and before my moisturiser or oils.


£12.70 for 30ml from The Ordinary

The Ordinary buffet

Buffet is a Multi-Technology Peptide Serum and without a doubt one of my favourite products from The Ordinary. Peptides are basically amino acids that build up the foundations of the skin to improve texture and strength. Our skin has peptides in them such as collagen, elastin and keratin, which are responsible for its texture and tone but as we get older the skin doesn’t work as well and we produce less of these naturally. By adding peptides it strengths our skin helping target signs of ageing. Buffet is great as it includes lots of peptides including Matrixyl 3000 which is one of the best peptides, along with lots of others. It is a water-based serum. I add two drops to my Niacinamide and work them both into my skin morning and evening. I have used Buffet for over a year now and really notice a difference with fine lines and skin texture. It does not fully remove or hide all my lines, no serum can do that but it helps a lot. You can buy Matrixyl 10% + HA from The Ordinary and it is a very effective product that really helped to reduce my fine lines, but I moved onto Buffet so I could get the benefit of all the other peptides too.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

£5.90 for 30ml from The Ordinary

The Ordinary hylauronic acid

This is a hydrating serum to help dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in skin but people with dry skin find they need more. It works by replenishing skin to enhance a healthy, supple look and feel. This product is excellent as it contains molecules of various sizes so really sinks in and penetrates the skin. I add this to my skin when it feels dehydrated and needs a boost. I add it at the same time as Buffet and Niacinamide. The Ordinary is great as you can just add lots of their products together to make your own little cocktail depending on what your skin needs on that day.

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

£6.80 for 100ml from The Ordinary

The Ordinary Moisturiser

This is a creamy moisturiser that contains a range of different ingredients including Hyaluronic acid to keep the outer skin protected and fully hydrated. I love this moisturiser and use every evening after my retinol or tretinoin. It is a gentle moisturiser that is perfect for sensitive skin and any skin type. It is non-greasy and yet really hydrating. It is such good value too. I actually buy the 100ml for £6.80 which is fantastic. I apply my moisturiser after serums and face oils. It can be used morning or evening, but make sure you apply an SPF afterwards in the day. Definitely one of my favourite products from The Ordinary. I have reviewed it in more detail in my last post My current Moisturisers.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

£6.30 for 30ml from The Ordinary

The Ordinary AHA peel

This is a facial exfoliator that is raved about by many people in the beauty industry. It contains a range of different acids and vitamins to help to fully clean the skin. It exfoliates the skin’s outer layer leaving the skin looking brighter with a more even tone and it cleans deep into your pores clearing all congestion and helps fight viable blemishes. Over time the formula will help improve the appearance of the skin texture and reduce fine lines.

You apply it to dry skin. It is a bit of a strange liquid as it is blood red colour and when applied you do look quite scary. You can leave it on for up to 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. I would start gradually with this. I can actually only leave it for about 5 minutes after which it starts stinging my skin. This is normal and nothing to worry about. I just never leave it for any longer. I would recommend trying it on a small skin patch somewhere on your body before applying it to your face. I can also only apply it every other week. Some people use it about once or twice a week. It fully depends on your skin. The outcome is fantastic. My skin really glows when I have used this and feels really soft and smooth. I can see why it is so popular.

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

£8.00 for 30ml from The Ordinary

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

The Ordinary has lots of different Retinols and retinoids. This is part of the skincare that I get lots of questions about and in all honesty, it is quite complicated. To simplify it down, retinoids are a form of Vitamin A that when applied to the skin will help reduce fine lines and the appearance of ageing. It also comes in the form of retinol, which is a weaker form. I would recommend starting to use it in your 30’s. As an ingredient, it can be quite strong and you need to work your way up the strengths gradually over time. The Granactive Retinoid from The Ordinary is a 2% concentration so not too strong and comes in an emulsion making it gentle on the skin. It uses next-generation retinoid active technologies which have been shown to achieve better reduction in signs of ageing than retinol without irritation. This is a great starting point for retinoid and after using this for a while you can work your way up to stronger versions. You apply the retinoid/retinol products after serums and before your moisturiser or oils. I would recommend when you start using any retinol or retinoid to use it maybe twice a week then every other night and then every night. This allows your skin to get used to it. I love this product and used it for over a year before stepping up to a stronger strength retinoid.

High-Adherence Silicone Primer

£3.90 for 30ml from The Ordinary

The Ordinary silicone primer

This is a lovely creamy primer with a silicone base. It applies well and smooths and blurs pores making skin look and feel silky. It is a matt hydrating primer that is non-greasy. It makes a perfect base for makeup and helps keep my makeup in place for longer throughout the day. I think this is a great primer for the price. Even though it is a silicone based primer it has a white creamy texture and doesn’t feel like I am wearing a mask which I often get with the clear silicone primers on the market. They also have a fluid primer. I have not tried that one so cannot compare it.

I hope you enjoyed my post. As you can no doubt tell I am a big fan of The Ordinary products and think that the quality of the products is just excellent for the price. I find some of these products are often better than some of the expensive products on the market. I think it is great that you can select which ingredients you want and buy them individually but still mix them together into your own personal little cocktail. Plus the low cost allows you to try things without breaking the bank.

Here are links to my other posts about The Ordinary;

The Ordinary Skincare Review

The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

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  1. Such an in-depth review! I love The Ordinary as well; I’ve been using the Squalene cleanser for the first time recently and I’ve really been enjoying the texture of it and how well it removes makeup. I’m a big fan of the moisturiser as well, and I keep meaning to get my hands on some of the Niacinamide but it’s always out of stock!

    1. Thanks 😊 I am always so impressed with all the products I buy from them. Super affordable too x

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