What are the best The Ordinary products?
Everything they make is dirty cheap. Everything is full of actives that work. Everything is so tempting.
But you don’t want to get everything. Heck, who has two hours to put their morning skincare on?!
You only want the best so you can spend 5 minutes on skincare in the morning (or night) and know that your skin has everything it needs, right?
I’ve got you covered: here are the best The Ordinary skincare products in my humble opinion:
Best Exfoliant For Dry Skin: Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (£6.80)
If your skin’s on the dry side as mine, you need The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution in your life. Glycolic acid dissolves the “glue” that holds skin cells together, so they can finally slough off. Once they do, your dull, rough complexion takes on a smooth, radiant glow. Plus, glycolic acid goes a step further: it hydrates skin to boot! Just don’t go overboard. Two or three times a week is more than enough. Anything more that and you may irritate your skin. (P.S. You’ve probably heard that glycolic acid boosts collagen. That’s true only at 10%> concentrations. 🙁 .)
Best Exfoliant For Oily, Acne-Prone Skin: Salicylic Acid 2% Solution (£4.20)
Don’t even think of going with glycolic acid. If you’ve got blackheads, whiteheads and pimples, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution is the way to go. Like glycolic acid, salicylic acid dissolves the “glue” that holds skin cells together to make them fall off more easily. Unlike glycolic acid, salicylic acid also gets inside the pores, removing all the excess oil, dead cells and other gunk that’s clogging them up and give you blakcheads, pimples & co. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the redness that always comes along with pimples.
Best Moisturiser For All Skin Types: Natural Moisturising Factors + HA (£6.80)
If there’s a moisturiser that could work for all skin types, it’s The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA. It’s loaded with fatty acids, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, urea and other stuff that makes up your skin’s protective barrier. If you’ve got dry, dehydrated skin, this can patch up the holes in your barrier so moisture stops evaporating out into thin air. If you’ve got oily skin, it’ll moisturise without adding more oil. Sensitive skin? This moisturiser is free from fragrance and other irritants. Ok, it lacks antioxidants but you can always supplement with a separate antioxidant serum.
Best For Fighting Wrinkles: Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (£8.00)
Granactive retinoid (the nickname for hydroxypinacolone retinoate) is the new retinoid kid on the block. Rumour has it, it works better than retinol at fighting wrinkles and is way gentler, too. The catch? The rumour started from the manufacturer and is spread around by brands that use it. Truth is, Granactive retinoid is so new, we have no independent studies showing it can do what brands claim. Until then, I encourage you to stick with good old retinol. Or, if you’re the curious kind, use both. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion has 2% granactive retinoid + microencapsulated retinol to give you the best of both worlds.
Best For Preventing Wrinkles: EUK 0.1% (£6.90)
When it comes to antioxidants, the more the merrier. So why am I recommending a product that has only ONE antioxidant? Cos EUK-134™, a mimetic of superoxide dismutase and catalase, is one of the most powerful yet less used antioxidants out there. I dare you find it anywhere else, it’s almost impossible. So what does The Ordinary EUK 0.1% do? It destroys superoxide free radicals, the worst type of wrinkle-causing free radicals out there. Just don’t use it together with other acids, including vitamin C. Acids completely destroy EUK!
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