The Ordinary Skin Care Favorites

Have you heard of The Ordinary? If you haven’t, let me give you a quick run down. The Ordinary a brand by DECIEM (a beauty company that houses different brands) and made famous by the wonderful Wayne Goss. The Ordinary also carries makeup products and hair oils, but today I want to focus on its skin care line.

What I love about The Ordinary is the effectiveness of the products. I’ve used products that don’t produce promised results. The Ordinary is the opposite! The hyperpigmentation I had from acne has faded immensely. I rarely get whiteheads and my oil production has been reduced significantly, which allows my makeup to last longer. I also have a brighter complexion. I love that the prices for The Ordinary products are so, so affordable! I cannot believe that I can pay less than $50 for an effective skin care system that helps me manage my skin concerns. You can use the treatment guide by Beautylish here or Wayne’s treatment guide here to find products that will work for your skin concerns (e.g. acne, wrinkles, redness) or you can create your own customized regimen to suit your skin needs. If you want a quick rundown of each product, here’s a useful guide.

You can order The Ordinary from their website or from Beautylish. I like ordering from Beautylish because it’s free shipping on orders above $35 and the shipping is incredibly fast.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution

This product can be used for both AM and PM, but I use it at night only. Instead of applying a thin layer all over my face (the amount given is much smaller than the other products), I dab a small amount on problem areas and use a small amount on my nose where I have the most visible pores. Available here and here.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid


I love this stuff! It smells, but it works! I use it for PM only before I put anything else on my face. I apply three drops (one on my forehead and one on each side of my cheeks) and rub the product all over my face. It’s helped decrease the bumps on my forehead that never went away on their own. I alternate this every other day with Retinoid. Available here and here.

The Ordinary AHA+BHA Peeling Solution

Out of all the products, this one is my favorite. I use this product twice a week at night before I start the rest of my skin care regimen. I let it set for 15 minutes then wash it off. It will look like you have a bloody face while you have it on. Once off, my skin always looks brighter. Available here and here.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizer

I have oily skin and I don’t like heavy moisturizers on my face. This one is lightweight and absorbs quickly. It doesn’t make you look oiler and it sits great under my makeup and makes makeup application smoother. Available here and here.


This product is a life changer! It helped control my oil production and has helped clear my pores. I use a small amount at night all over my face. Available here and here.


The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid

This retinoid (previously called Advanced Retinoid 2%) is hands down wonderful. It helped fade the hyperpigmentation under my jawline. It doesn’t irritate my skin. I alternate this every other night with the lactic acid. Available here and here.


The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

Although my face is oily for the most part, it’s prone to dryness in my chin and forehead areas. This acid acts as a moisturizer and makes your skin glow the next morning. I use it in the PM after I apply all other steps of my regimen but before my moisturizer. Available here and here.


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