5 Best Skincare Products from The Ordinary
By: Caroline Maher
If you haven’t heard of The Ordinary or you have yet to hop on the bandwagon, don’t be deceived by the name. This cult-favorite skincare line is anything but ordinary. With a clinical science-based and straightforward approach to skincare, this brand makes creating a beauty regimen seamless and above all else, worth it.
The Ordinary first rose to fame back in 2016 and has since kickstarted a skincare revolution, by offering formulas that contain concentrated ingredients, allowing consumers to know exactly what they’re putting on their skin and the specific benefits behind each product. Contrary to other over-promising skincare lines, The Ordinary focuses on educating consumers while being transparent in their marketing approach, relying heavily on word of mouth as the main driver propelling this brand forward. And the best part? The price tag! With highly effective, well-studied formulas at a budget-friendly price point, it’s hard not to love this not-so-ordinary brand.
Below, we’ve compiled the five best skin care products from The Ordinary that’ll have you hitting the shelves in no time.
Niaminicide 10% + Zinc 1%
Coming in at the top of the list, and a favorite among skincare fanatics is The Ordinary’s Niaminicide 10% + Zinc 1% serum, and for good reason. This formula makes for the perfect acne-fighting solution, as it has the ability to shrink the appearance of large pores and prevent red spots by balancing sebum activity. With a price tag of just $5.90, this product deserves the hype.Sephora.com
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
While you might be familiar with the “vampire facial” made famous by celebrities and Instagrammers, this formula provides similar results for a fraction of the cost. This blood-colored solution deeply exfoliates the skin and helps to combat acne by clearing pore congestion. Long-term benefits of this formula include reduced hyperpigmentation, improved skin radiance, and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Although this solution is a well-loved product among skincare enthusiasts, it is important to note that this formula may not be suitable for sensitive skin and should not be used in combination with other direct acids. Sunscreen post-peel is also a must.Sephora.com
It’s never a bad idea to incorporate anti-aging properties into your overall skincare routine, no matter what age you are. The Ordinary’s ‘Buffet’ was formulated specifically with peptides, probiotics, and hydrating acids, all to help reduce fine lines and to improve skin’s texture and firmness. This holy-grail solution can be implemented as a stand-alone step in your routine, but as with The Ordinary’s Peeling Solution, the ‘Buffet’ should not be used with other direct acids or Vitamin C.Sephora.com
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Especially during these brutal winter months, dry skin can be ruthless. Thankfully, The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum not only brings the skin back to life with its hydrating properties, but it also has the proven ability to smooth and plump the skin while treating acne scars. A few drops go a long way and using this product in combination with a hydrating moisturizer will have you kicking dry skin to the curb for good.Sephora.com
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Vibrance, clarity, and radiance are some of the effects that The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution provides, along with a reduction in redness and uneven skin tones. The best part of this exfoliant is that you can feel it working, as it has a light, tingly sensation when applied. For the most effective use of this product, saturate a cotton pad with the solution once a day, preferably during your nighttime routine, and swipe over your face and neck before applying heavier creams. Sephora.com