Where are your crown jewels team The Ordinary? Finding the best The Ordinary products is like entering one of those posh at home coffee machine shops – you know – the ones with wall to wall, ceiling to ceiling displays of teeny-tiny coloured pods of goodness.
How do you KNOW without trying first?
And if I have to pay to try them first – how expensive is it going to be when the taste reminds me of THAT night of vodka-coffee-chocolate-espresso shots – so much fun… but never again (!)
Can you even choose without trying first?
Truth is… yes you can!
Just like a coffee shop has insane bestsellers that tickle almost anyone’s taste buds, The Ordinary skincare can say ditto to that. While there are a heap of The Ordinary products which are designed for an extremely specific skin concern/skin type, there are also a small host of best The Ordinary skincare products which will love almost anyone’s skin.
We’re talking multi-benefits.
All-round skin love.
Best health skin glow.
If you my friend are a first time The Ordinary skincare user OR if you have not found a holy grail best The Ordinary skincare product yet – this is for you. This list of 5 best The Ordinary products are an arsenal of skin joy.
Ready to feast your eyes? Let’s do this…
5 All-Time Best The Ordinary Products; Where to start
The trick to starting with great active ingredient skincare like The Ordinary – is this – start with active ingredients which are potent and soothing. Imagine if waxing and epilation didn’t hurt – yes – this would be like that. Hooray right.
Summary time is here.
Below you will find a quick list of the all-time best The Ordinary skincare products. And below these you will find a full, scientific explanation of why they are here, what they can do for your skin and the best way to use them. Awesomesauce.
- The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – £5/30ml
- The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA – £9.60/30ml
- The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% – £8.90/30ml
- The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% – £5.50/30ml
- The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% – £5.50/30ml
- BONUS – The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA – a perfect ending for any skincare routine – £6.80/100ml
My friend there is so much love for your skin right here.
Ready to learn more? Pick the 3 you’ve been most tempted to try and read the – in full – why this is a best The Ordinary product pick down below.
1. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Niacinamide is a wondrous ingredient for almost everyone’s skin. In my opinion it is crazy fabulous. Usually when skincare products claim – I’m going to help you balance skin, it’s a bit of a white lie. Really what they do is temporary make skin less oily or help stop your sebum glands aka the oil makers from being so active.
Niacinamide is different.
Niacinamide can help lower your skin’s sebum levels while also helping your skin make ceramides.
This is vital.
Skincare which can help balance your skin by drying it out – usually ends up in you getting oily and dry, dehydrated skin.
How is this possible!?
Niacinamide is different because not only can it turn down your skin’s sebum making, it also helps kick start the making of an active your skin uses to help stop dryness and the most pesky one – dehydration.
These actives my friend is known as – ceramides.
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Ceramides are one of the 3 needed building blocks for healthy, happy, hydrated skin. The other 2 – they’re fatty acids and cholesterol.
The love niacinamide has for your skin does not stop here. One of the extra ways this beauty is fabulous is it’s activity as an anti-inflammatory.
Which means if you have any kind of;
In your skin – then niacinamide is here to help.
Also Psst; Many of us have something called inflammageing of the skin – small, unnoticeable to the naked eye inflammation that is persistent – it causes your skin to age faster. Bottom line – it’s always a good idea to have an anti-inflammatory active in your skincare routine.
And bonus, niacinamide is also a fab worker bee at;
- Brightening skin
- Helping fade away hyper pigmentation
- Evening your skin tone
- Helping reduce symptoms of acne
- Speeding the healing of spots
- Helping reduce fine lines
See why The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% makes top of the best The Ordinary products list? That list of skin benefits is pretty darn spectacular eh. Plus it’s also especially sensitive to skin.
2. The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA
The one for you my friend if you want an anti-ageing, fine line reversing power up. And you don’t want it to burn, redden or break you out – pesky retinol side effects eh.
As a cosmetic formulator I have a heck load of love for Matrixyl.
Matrixyl is an extremely impressive collagen booster… and collagen my friend is what helps your skin resist fine lines and wrinkles. Like a trampoline cage. The hands which make crowd surfing possible. What a wave is to a surf board. The DHL delivery man to an ASOS haul.
Collagen is skin youth.
At this very moment in time – THE go to for anti-ageing is retinol or retinoids. They are ridiculously well proven.
Ask any skinspert about anti-ageing and you will soon hear – retinol.
Matrixyl lags behind.
But – matrixyl does not lag behind because it’s less effective vs. retinol – us scientists don’t know which works best yet – but matrixyl does lag behind because it is a newbie.
…and being a newbies means there’s less proof it works.
Psst; Matrixyl is a brand name – you won’t find it on a skincare ingredients list – what you will find is the words palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7.
Extra proof matrixyl works; an approved and published patent covers the main benefits of matrixyl in skincare – it records that at just 50 parts per million – basically a really, really small concentration – it has significant benefit to lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
— Cheryl Woodman (@HonestyForSkin) 28 May 2019
Bear in mind this pick from The Ordinary skincare is way, way stronger.
Double psst; even though this is a sensitive and strong formula, you’ll need to use consistently for 3 months to begin seeing benefits.
3. The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
This is vitamin C my friend. But not just any old vitamin C… vitamin C which is non-stingy, non-irritating and highly stable aka more love for your skin. Yes please.
While vitamin C has a high reputation for helping boost your skin’s collagen networks aka helping reverse fine lines and wrinkles, where this beauty really stands out is in its abilities to help lighten, brighten and even your skin tone.
Fab for helping give you an incredible skin glow.
And the key reason why it makes this golden list of best The Ordinary products.
It’s a winner for helping sort out;
- Dark marks
- Acne scars
- Post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation
- Uneven skin tone
And it’s in a non-greasy, lightweight serum formula too – winning.
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Psst – extra bit of sciency info; this is what us scientists call a protected form of vitamin C (some others call it an indirect vitamin C), you can tell because there’s something that follows the word ascorbyl – that’s the protecting group. Like a body guard.
Non-protected vitamin C is called ascorbic acid and as an antioxidant it loves to work… on anything… meaning it goes off quick. Putting a body guard in between ascorbic acid and the world – keeps more vitamin C love reserved for you. Once absorbed in, the body guard knows it’s job is done and goes for a long and well-deserved nap time. While the body guard is gone, your skin sweeps in and eats up yummy ascorbic acid.
While there’s now a whole 8 The Ordinary vitamin C products to choose from, this my friend is the best The Ordinary product for almost any skin type. You pretty much can’t go wrong with it.
p.s. if you’re worried about going wrong with mixing The Ordinary skincare make sure to grab yourself a copy of my free How to Mix The Ordinary Skincare Cheat Sheet – click here to get yours. It’s a great starting guide to help you de-mystify skincare mixing – and super specifically The Ordinary skincare mixing.
4. The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
Bonus points if you plan to use this one with any vitamin C skincare. These lovelies work together to make a super strong antioxidant network.
This is a favourite antioxidant blend from The Ordinary.
Not only are these actives helpfully super sensitive to skin.
…much more than just an antioxidant.
But these 2 active skincare ingredients can make your vitamin C last longer… and better. That’s the vitamin C that’s naturally in your skin too.
This my friend is why The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% makes this list of best The Ordinary products… Like the moment you discover the taste bud sensation of salted caramel chocolate… completely unexpected and therefore completely out of this world… or peanut butter on toast with a drizzling of Marmite on top – trust me – so good.
Using this formula – takes something your skin already has – vitamin C – and makes it worth so much more.
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Which means this skincare formula is super at;
- Skin tone brightening
- Dark mark/age spot resisting
- Pigmentation fading – resveratrol is very helpful for this
- Pollution protecting
- Fine line and wrinkle protecting – plus reversing
Crazy fact; resveratrol is found in grapes and red wine (! – whereas ferulic acid – that’s popcorn and bamboo shoots – random eh) a lot of the actives found in certain kinds of red wine grapes have incredible antioxidant powers – if you ever see words like resveratrol, catechin, epicatechin, gallocatechin, gallic acid, ellagic acid – think red grapes. And in fact resveratrol is found to have some of the strongest antioxidant powers of them all. A super juice – pretty yummy too eh.
Use this lovely in the morning – it might feel a little greasy for 5-10 seconds but after this it absorbs in quick.
5. The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Exfoliation! But not the kind where you have to rub and scrub and tug. Oh no my friend, this best The Ordinary product is the kind where you don’t even realise you’re exfoliating. Which is fab – because your skin doesn’t either – meaning there’s no skin stress in sight. This is one of the most sensitive leave on exfoliating actives in The Ordinary’s whole entire portfolio.
It’s even an active doctors prescribe to help treat rosacea i.e. a reddening of skin which sometimes comes with what look like acne breakouts.
Great for a whole book shelf load of benefits;
- Skin tone smoothing
- Skin tone evening
- Anti-spots and pimples
- Pore size minimising
p.s. if you’re new to leave on exfoliants you’re in for a fab surprise. This family of skincare actives are great for skin and that’s because they exfoliate well beyond your skin’s top and visible layers.
Imagine using a scrub exfoliant… it’s like a chocolate cake which when you cut open has just plain ol’ white sponge inside. Now imagine the opposite – a cake topped with the most delicious chocolate frosting… you cut it open and beaming at you are multi-layers of gooey-fudge flavoured chocolate cake sandwiched between the smoothest layering’s of delectable chocolate frosting.
Why use something that only touches the surface when instead you can have your whole cake and eat it? Azelaic acid my friend.
Best used in PM.
Sorted – your go-to list of the best The Ordinary products. Have any questions about how to use these guys? Or which ones are best for you? Come chat with me in the comments below. And psst, if you’re still feeling overwhelmed or intimidated and want more help on how to use The Ordinary skincare, head here and watch the ‘explainer video’.
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.