The first time I heard about The Ordinary was in 2017 on some blog post I happened to click in. Honestly, it sounded way too good to be true… an affordable brand with amazing benefits? Something doesn’t add up.
Another thing that set off alarm bells for me is how many products they have. How can all of these products be good? Not to mention, how confusing must this be for the everyday person, someone who may not even know their own skin type?
Yes, before you go shopping for any skincare products, you must know your skin type and what your specific skin type needs. It’s the only way to find the right product for your skin and not waste your money on stuff that will only amplify your skin issues and concerns.
P.S. If you’re confused about your skin type or are wondering if maybe your skin type has changed (yes, that happens pretty commonly) I want to share my free downloadable Skin Type Guide. There you will find out what is your skin type so you can better understand which product you should choose from The Ordinary or any other brand you want to try out!
So anyway, back to The Ordinary skincare routine and oily skin specifically. While I don’t like to endorse any one brand, especially when I haven’t had a chance to try out all of the products for a long period of time, I know people have questions about this brand. So, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on a few products that *might* help people with oily skin. Keep in mind, I am not an esthetician and these are just my thoughts. Some of the links are affiliate links — which is what helps me keep this content free for you!
No need to drag this out, my top five favorite products from The Ordinary for oily and acne-prone skin are Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc, EUK 134 0.1%, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% and Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion.
I get it. These names sound pretty scientific, so let’s dive in a little deeper and I’ll tell you what each one can do for your skin.
This is a cream-gel made from Azelaic Acid, which is a substance that is naturally produced by yeast that lives on healthy skin. The texture is super light, and for a lot of people, it instantly makes your skin feel softer.
Azelaic Acid is an antioxidant, and it also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can be great for acne spots. It also helps a lot with sebum control, while keeping skin feeling hydrated.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a water-based serum. Most people can benefit from using a Hyaluronic Acid, either in serum form or in a moisturizer. They even make foundation with Hyaluronic Acid now.
The serum from The Ordinary has a light texture and shouldn’t make your oily skin feel any oilier. The B5 in it is meant to provide extra hydration and you can use it both in the morning and at night underneath your moisturizer.
This is one of the best-selling products from The Ordinary. People are crazy about it. The brand has even created bigger bottles because of the demand!
Niacinamide, which is also known as Vitamin B3, helps to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and clogged pores. It also helps to balance your sebum levels while keeping your skin hydrated.
Zinc is a great anti-inflammatory substance that also helps fight free radicals. Apart from those anti-acne characteristics, it also stimulates your collagen production, which is great to slow the aging process. I love that the texture is nice and light, even though it may feel a little sticky right after you apply it.
EUK 134 0.1% is a powerful antioxidant. What is this good for? Well, antioxidants fight the free radicals that can damage the elastin and collagen in your skin. When these things get damaged, that’s when you start to notice fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Antioxidants like this one are great. You can apply it in the morning to protect your skin throughout the day (as recommended here, in my Skincare Guide). Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t use it along with strong acids because that will cause it to lose effectiveness.
Granactive Retinoid 2% is from the retinoids family, which basically means that it’s an anti-aging treatment. Here’s what The Ordinary says Granactive Retinoid does for your skin. In essence, it “works by accelerating the rate of skin cell turnover, making way for newer, fresher, and healthier cell growth underneath.”
Apart from being a fantastic way to prevent skin aging, it can also be an effective way to treat and prevent acne. Be sure to only apply it at night because retinoids might make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
Which is a good reminder… don’t forget to apply sunscreen every single day, ok?!
While I haven’t tested a ton of products from The Ordinary, the ones I’ve listed above do seem to be legit. Of course, I am always naturally suspicious when the price point is so low, so I have been watching this one just to be sure. But, so far, it seems like the hype might be justified.
Part of a great skincare routine is knowing which order to use your products. I get questions on this all the time, so I thought I’d share how I would combine these five products to create a daily skincare routine so you can understand better how to use them.
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There you go! Do you have any questions or opinions about The Ordinary that you’d like to share? Drop ‘em in the comments so I can read and respond!
I’m Natalie, an American born makeup artist & makeup educator based in Wiesbaden, Germany. I truly believe that makeup, when applied well, can transform us in so many ways. My page is a space for inspiration, education, and advice. Thanks for being here & I’d love to connect with you!
Makeup education a great passion of mine. I have personally witnessed how makeup education has positively changed lives time and time again.
Throughout the years, I kept noticing the lack of real-life, practical, and easy to understand makeup education.
After developing PDF guides for my private lesson clients, then workbooks for my makeup workshops, enough people told me I should write a book. So in 2019, personally funded and self-published my first book, Be Your Own Makeup Artist.