The Ordinary needs no introduction to skincare nerds like us, but for the uninitiated, it is a science-based skincare brand which pioneered the idea of using the ingredients as the heroes in a product.
- 1 What’s special about The Ordinary
- 2 Our review of the must-have skincare products from The Ordinary
- 2.1 1. The much-photographed AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is magical when used correctly, Rs 750
- 2.2 2. The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum is a godsend for those with acne marks, Rs 600
- 2.3 3. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% will make you glow like a lightbulb, Rs 750
- 2.4 4. The Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution isn’t just Kim Kardashian’s favorite, it’s ours too, Rs 950
- 2.5 5. The Ordinary’s Retinol 0.5% In Squalane is the best retinol serum we’ve tried, Rs 700
- 2.6 6. The Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum is a basic essential which is worth trying, Rs 700
What’s special about The Ordinary
Fragrance-free, no-frills and basic, the brand makes tonnes of serums and active ingredient-based skincare products that focus on improving different skin issues.
The best part? It’s launched in India and at very affordable prices, competing with brands like Minimalist and The Derma Co., with serums priced around Rs 600 and Rs 700.
So, we tried some of the most hyped-up, popular products from the brand over the course of months, and here are the products we truly felt made a visible difference to our skin.
Our review of the must-have skincare products from The Ordinary
1. The much-photographed AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is magical when used correctly, Rs 750
You will never want to use a physical scrub after you’ve experienced the magic of this chemical exfoliator. That red-colored chemical exfoliant you see all over social media, this is a really amazing ten-minute facial in a bottle.
Usage: You should ideally use it once a month. Keep it on for the 10 minutes recommended, and your skin will end up looking baby-smooth, glowing, and even-toned the next day. We used it on oily, acne-prone skin with a lot of build-up, flaking and crusty pimples. The next day, it got rid of all the flakes and dullness, and had shrunk some of the pimples too.
Per tip: Using a fragrance-free moisturizer after using this is a must, as is washing it off thoroughly with cool water. Of course, it is crucial to use a high-SPF sunscreen after using this.
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2. The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum is a godsend for those with acne marks, Rs 600
This serum is SO hyped up, that we thought it would be impossible for it to live up to that hype. But we were wrong. Regular use of this product helps fade post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by pimples without fail. Niacinamide is great as a skin-balancing agent that helps strengthen an impaired skin barrier, so it helps dry skin too. So, if your skin is too oily or too dry, this will help balance those extremes.
Usage: Use it before applying sunscreen everyday, and your skin won’t get as oily, look as uneven with spots and scars, and it will have a healthier barrier. Perfect for oily, acne-prone skin, this truly is a must-have product.
Per tip: Don’t layer too many products on top of this, because it can pill!
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3. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% will make you glow like a lightbulb, Rs 750
A very underrated product, this is actually pretty popular in skincare circles. Much gentler than the AHA BHA peeling solution, this is ideal for those with dry and dull skin. It is essentially an exfoliating serum that you don’t need to wash off.
Usage: Not a daily-use product, this should be used when your skin feels dull, ashy, crusty, and flaky. Lactic acid, an AHA, really helps get rid of that surface texture, and skin-plumping hyaluronic acid makes skin fresh with a glow. So, if you want your skin to look bright, smooth, and lit from within, this is an excellent product.
Per tip: You must use sunscreen afterwards.
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4. The Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution isn’t just Kim Kardashian’s favorite, it’s ours too, Rs 950
This huge bottle of toner will take forever to finish, because one pump is potent enough to cover the whole face. Glycolic acid is also an AHA, and it works on the upper layers of skin to remove surface build-up, flakes, and crusty patches.
As for the results, it makes skin utterly shiny, smooth, and gives the sleekest texture to the skin.
Usage: Use it a day before a big event and your makeup will go on so easily, giving you that glass skin finish.
Per tip: It stings a bit when you use it, and glycolic acid also causes sun-sensitivity, so do a patch test before trying it, and definitely use sunscreen afterwards.
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5. The Ordinary’s Retinol 0.5% In Squalane is the best retinol serum we’ve tried, Rs 700
Not to be confused with the Granactive Retinoid Emulsion, this is a godsend for oily skin. Retinols can be really horrible for the skin, and cause some uncomfortable purging if the formula isn’t on point. But this one is excellent. The squalane is so good for giving skin smoothness and a glow, and the retinol works gently but effectively to speed up cell turnover.
We tried it on acne-prone skin, and regular use reduced breakouts, helped old marks fade, and worked to smoothen skin effectively. The combination of a moisturizing element really helps prevent the flaking that happens due to retinol, but the fact that they cleverly used squalane, a moisturizer excellent for oily skin, is even better.
Usage: Apply this after using a lightweight lotion, as it has an oily consistency. It can also be used after just cleansing the skin, because the squalane is quite moisturizing.
Per tip: Always use sunscreen if you are a retinol user.
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6. The Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum is a basic essential which is worth trying, Rs 700
Hyaluronic acid is a basic essential which gives skin that fresh and dewy look, but not all hyaluronic acid serums are made equal. This one practically feels like a gel-like water for the skin and isn’t sticky at all.
Usage: Use it on damp skin, and then follow up with a watery moisturizer, and your skin will glow with the hydration. It’s such a simple yet skin-transforming product!
Per tip: Use hyaluronic acid in humid weather. Make sure it is not applied on dry skin as it draws moisture from the skin and amplifies it. So, if used on dry skin, it will draw moisture from the lower levels of skin and dry it out from within.
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