What makes “The Ordinary”, Extraordinary

A Product Review for beauty conscious

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Abu Dhabi, 2nd September 2020: PART 2 – For the beauty conscious, cosmetic consumer of today, the understanding of how lifestyle impacts the condition of the skin is imperative.

As established in our previous article, we discussed the uses of appropriate products and the importance of attaining basic knowledge of the ingredients that may help to overcome your skin issues and concerns. Today, let’s review a product line that has taken over the skincare product market like a breath of fresh air. ‘The Ordinary’ has come to be known as an effective and reasonably priced skincare line with raving reviews. The best way to come up with effectiveness is to know the best combinations of the products and their availability. It is important to know that these products are available in the forms of water-based, anhydrous, oil-based, emulsions, and suspension. Every product is distinctive and effective in its own way. All the products are significantly efficient in their appropriate consumption amount and user’s skin type.

The Ordinary segregates its products in the following categories

  • Antioxidants
  • Cleanser
  • Direct acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Peptides
  • Hydrators and oils
  • More molecules
  • Retinoid
  • Sunscreen 


Alpha-lipoic acid 5% is a highly potent antioxidant.it improves the uneven and textured skin. Apply this 1-2 drops 2-3 times a week for a softer, smoother, and more radiant complexion.

Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% which is another high strength antioxidant and powerful treatment for aging skin and is effective in treating scars, pigmentation, and dullness.

Pycnogenol 5% helps to enhance hydration and fight free radicals and nourish the skin inside out. Pycnogenol and Resveratrol 3% + ferulic Acid 3% can be used with moisturizers and Vitamin C  in the morning to get a double the whammy of antioxidants. Avoid using them both with copper peptide whereas alpha-lipoic shouldn’t be used with EUK134, peptides, and strong acids.

The Ordinary Squalene cleanser

This cleanser is a hydrating and opaque. It is soap-free and non-comedogenic which is aiding to acne-prone and sensitive skin types and can be used twice a day every day. Occasionally acids and retinoids can cause a lot of dryness, Squalene cleanser works like a charm and keeps the skin moisturized.

Direct Acids

AHA 30% + BHA 2% product has salicylic acid, glycolic, lactic, and Tasmanian pepper berry which gives the red color. This helps with clarity, texture, brightness, and exfoliate the skin. It’s good to use when breakout seems to be underway to get rid of acne pretty quickly. Don’t use on sensitive skin. This should be used 1-2 times a week. leave it on for ten minutes than Rinse off. It conflicts with other stronger acids, retinoid/retinol, and peptide as well as ordinary EUK1340.1%.

Azelaic acid suspension 10% helps to improve skin textures and brightness and target the blemishes as well. This can be used every day in the morning as well as night. However, these do not go well with the peptides, EUK antioxidants, and strong acids.

Glycolic acid 7% toning solution helps to clear up the acne. It’s a great exfoliator as it prevents future acne from forming dark spots and uneven tone skin. It is recommended to use up to 3 times a week.

Lactic acid 10% of the higher & lactic acid 5% lower strength helps to remove the dark spots. It’s a mild exfoliator in comparison to other strong acids that remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Use them at nighttime and don’t combine with other strong acids, peptides, or retinoids. If you don’t want to use glycolic toner u can use lactic acid instead.

Salicylic acid 2% is used in serums area like hyaluronic acid. it helps to exfoliate the inside walls of the pores to clear up and to prevent future acne. You may use it even in areas where you’re most prone to breaking out as a spot treatment. Don’t combine with EUK 1340.1% and peptides or other stronger acids. Additionally, Salicylic acid 2% masque is a black masque and should be used 1 to 2 times a week depending on the skin type.

Hyaluronic acid 2% + B5 claims to hydrate the skin and gives a smooth and plump appearance. It is a gold liquid act as a humectant which penetrate deeper into the skin. This product can be used twice a day every day. It’s good for all skin types. On the other hand, Mandelic acid 10% +HA is gentler on the skin compared to other AHAs. This makes it an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin. Mandelic acid improves skin appearance because it promotes collagen production, which is the main protein found in skin and connective tissue.

Amino acids + B5 is concentrated acid for hydration and moisturization. This can be used every day in the morning mixed with Vitamin C and can be paired with any ordinary product. Vitamin B5 gives a lot of surface hydration and improves the skin significantly. The skin may be dry or not, this is still a good product to give a lot of clarity and brightness. It has a tingling sensation to the skin which can be diluted with other moisturizers and serums to toned down the potency. 

Hydrators and Oils

The Ordinary oils are also good hydration agents for the skin. Ordinary’s “B” oil is a blend of rich ingredients, due to high microalgae concentration it gives a green hue & herbal odor. Rosehip seed oil is full of omega fatty acids and Vitamin As, 100% plant-derived squalene, Borage Seed Oil is a daily support formula for all skin types. This formulation retains healthy skin, reduces inflammation, and sensitivity. These oils are full of hydration properties as well as improves hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tones.

Natural moisturizing factors +HA can be used twice a day and mix up with other ordinary products. This is the last step into a skincare routine, if you are using it in the morning then follow the SPF on top of it. 

The Rest of the Molecules

Niacinamide 10%+zinc1% should be used to target oily skin, blackheads, and acne-prone skin. It helps with congestion and blemishes. Zinc 1% helps with the sebum activity so if somebody that produces a lot of oil and has concerns with oily skin then niacinamide is definitely the product to be incorporated into the skincare routine. it can be used every day in the morning as well as at night. Niacinamide may be used with Vitamin C. This product can also help with cystic acne and help prevent future acne to form. People who break out a lot on the chin, jawline, and upper neck have a lot to do with hormonal acne however niacinamide does really help to clear out that acne too.

Alpha arbutin 2% is skin, Lightner. this is really going to help with hyperpigmentation, dark spot, and pass acne scarring. If you’re consistent and use it twice a day. you’ll see quick results. It can be mixed with any of Vitamin Cs.

Caffeine Solution reduces the appearance of eye contour pigmentation and puffiness. This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine and EGCG that can help reduce looks of puffiness and dark circles. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution has no conflicts, so it´s a really easy product to add to your skincare routine.e


Buffet is a mixture of fabulous ingredients like peptides, matrixyl 3000, synthetic 6, and hyaluronic acid that fights the sign of aging, reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It keeps the face hydrated, fades dark spots, firms, and smoothens the texture of the skin. It’s a great all-round product to use for all skin types. Direct acids, vitamin C, niacinamide powder shouldn’t be used with it. Argireline and Matrixyl 10% + HA improves the appearance of facial areas prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles including around the eyes and forehead area and reduces acne and inflammation. 


Retinoids belong to different types of retinol, and all are derived from vitamin A. The difference between them is their concentration. They’re a cell regenerator and encourage healthier surface of the skin. As far as strengths go, many think it’s best to just jump right into the strongest formula, supposing it’s better or will provide a faster result. This usually isn’t the case and doing so can even have serious side effects. If you’re just starting out, you should use a low percentage like ordinary’s retinol 0.2% in squalene, later when the skin tolerance increases you may go up to 5%. The skin normally sheds and regenerate every 30 days, when you use vitamin A or retinoid it increases it to about 14-21 days .it also simultaneously helps in decreasing oil production, inflammation, reduce pigmentations. 


Ordinary’s mineral UV filters SPF 15 with antioxidant Sunscreen and mineral UV filters SPF 30 with antioxidant claims to block and absorb UV radiation to combat both UVB and UVA rays. They fight against sunburn and skin cancer and penetrates more deeply into the skin and prevent skin aging and wrinkling. Sunscreen includes active ingredients like minerals titanium dioxide and zinc.

Vitamin C and its derivates


Vitamin C Ordinary has different Vitamin Cs at different strength and formulation. Ordinary has 5 pure vitamin Cs and 3 derivates with no conflict with any other product. 

Vitamin C suspension 30% in silicone offers a silky texture and doesn’t impart any powdery feel on the skin. A higher concentration ensures direct exposure to the highly potent Vitamin C. 

Ascorbic acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% are the two most powerful brightening agents in skincare; this is an anhydrous formulation. This shouldn’t be used alongside Niacinamide, peptides, or EUK 134.

L-Ascorbic Acid Powder is a fine powder that targets uneven tone, signs of aging, and dullness. This powder can be mixed with Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%, hyaluronic acid, marine hyaluronic acid. Don’t mix with peptides, niacinamide, highly acidic products, EUK134 antioxidant.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% (MAP) is a water-based, hydrating cream that offers specific skin brightening benefits. MAP gets along well with other products and can be used as a hydrating cream to finish off your routine. MAP is incredibly gentle for those who are using  Vitamin C first time or those that prefer a cream over oils/silicon. 

  1. Bushra Zaidi says

    Amazing article. Every product explained in detail😍😍 now i can easily choose the product i need for my particular skin problems. Keep up the good work👍🏻♥️

  2. Rubab Zaidi says

    Very informative and clearly written 👍🏻

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