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The Official Beauty Bliss Guide to: The Ordinary

Posted on Wednesday, 1 June 2022 - By Toni

You may have heard the buzz about The Ordinary: the effectiveness, the low cost, and the streamlined packaging that gives you access to incredible skincare for your every skin concern. Like many of us, you may have found yourself a little confused as to which products would be best for you.

That's why we've put together this handy guide to help you figure out what each product does and whether it is designed to help you reach your particular skin goals. Deciem (that's the company behind The Ordinary) have taken skincare to the next level and we're here to help you reap the benefits.

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About the Brand


The Ordinary has a straightforward approach to naming their products: they choose the main ingredient of each one and go with it. That's all, folks. Still, that can be pretty daunting when you're unsure as to what those actual ingredients are.

At Beauty Bliss, we stock most of the cult favourites, so we’re here to help you understand what exactly you’re doing with all the new skincare you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with.

Formulations by Category


CLEANSERS

Product What it targets When to use
Squalane Cleanser Cleanses & removes makeup Before Creams/Oils/Serums, AM & PM


ANTIOXIDANTS

Product What it targets When to use
EUK 134 0.1% Antioxidant support, calms redness Before Oils/Creams, AM & PM
Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% Signs of Aging, Textural Irregularities Before Oils/Creams, AM & PM
Pycnogenol 5% Antioxidant Support, Enhance Skin Hydration, Rebuild Skin Elasticity Before Oils/Cream, After Water-Based Serums, AM & PM


DIRECT ACIDS

Product What it targets When to use
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Dullness, Uneven Tone, Textural Irregularities After cleansing, before serums, PM
Lactic Acid 5% + HA Uneven tone, Textural Irregularities, Fine Lines Before Oils/Creams, PM
Mandelic Acid 10% + HA Dullness, Uneven Tone, Textural irregularities Before Oils/Creams, PM
Salicylic Acid 2% Masque Lackluster Tone, Textural Irregularities 1-2 times a week, Ideally PM


MORE MOLECULES

Product What it targets When to use
100% Niacinamide Powder Visible shine, Textural Irregularities, Enlarged Pores Mix with appropriate products, AM & PM
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG Puffiness, Dark Circles Before Oils/Creams, AM & PM
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Puffiness, Dark Circles Before Oils/Creams, AM & PM


PEPTIDES

Product What it targets When to use
"Buffet" Signs of Aging, Firming Before Oils/Creams, AM & PM
"Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% Signs of Aging, Firming, Skin Health Before Oils/Creams, AM & PM
Argireline Solution 10% Signs of Aging Before Oils/Creams, AM & PM

Example Regimen: Signs of Aging


Morning:

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
1. Squalane Cleanser
A Gentle, Moisturizing Facial Cleanser
The Ordinary Buffet
2. Buffet
Multi-Technology Peptide Serum
Natural Moisturising Factors
3. Natural Moisturizing Factors
Surface Hydration Formula


Evening:

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
1. Squalane Cleanser
A Gentle, Moisturizing Facial Cleanser
The Ordinary Buffet
2. Buffet
Multi-Technology Peptide Serum
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid
3. Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
A lightweight medium-strength serum.


Example Regimen: Signs of Congestion


Morning:

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
1. Squalane Cleanser
A Gentle, Moisturizing Facial Cleanser
The Ordinary Niacinamide
2. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
High-Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula
Natural Moisturising Factors
3. Natural Moisturizing Factors
Surface Hydration
Formula


Evening:

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
1. Squalane Cleanser
A Gentle, Moisturizing Facial Cleanser
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Mask
2. Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
With Amazonian Clays and Squalane
The Ordinary Niacinamide
3. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
High-Strength Vitamin and Mineral Blemish Formula
Natural Moisturising Factors
4. Natural Moisturizing Factors
Surface Hydration
Formula


Example Regimen: Antioxidant Support


Morning:

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
1. Squalane Cleanser
A Gentle, Moisturizing Facial Cleanser
The Ordinary Pycnogenol
2. Pycnogenol 5%
A High-Potency, Plant-Derived Antioxidant
Natural Moisturising Factors
3. Natural Moisturizing Factors
Surface Hydration Formula


Evening:

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
1. Squalane Cleanser
A Gentle, Moisturizing Facial Cleanser
The Ordinary EUK
2. EUK 134 0.1%
Water-Free, High-Potency Antioxidant Formula
Natural Moisturising Factors
3. Natural Moisturizing Factors
Surface Hydration Formula


Example Regimen: Hydration Support


Morning:

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
1. Squalane Cleanser
A Gentle, Moisturizing Facial Cleanser
The Ordinary Amino Acids
2. Amino Acids + B5
A Concentrated Hydration Support Formula
Natural Moisturising Factors
3. Natural Moisturizing Factors
Surface Hydration Formula


Evening:

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
1. Squalane Cleanser
A Gentle, Moisturizing Facial Cleanser
The Ordinary Amino Acids
2. Amino Acids + B5
A Concentrated Hydration Support Formula
Natural Moisturising Factors
3. 100% Plant-Derived Hemi-Squalane
Support Healthy Hydration


About the Author



Toni

Toni is a Mum to 2 young girls, and totally addicted to all things Beauty Bliss. Most days you'll find her organizing our next stock shipment or tinkering with the website code.