The Ordinary new products review 2023.

6 New Launches From The Ordinary: A Scientist’s Honest Review

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Spoiler alert! The Ordinary are in the midst of launching 6 brand-new skincare offerings. We haven’t seen the likes of this since The Ordinary’s founding days in 2016 when they launched a (what we can now call streamline ;)) skincare range of just 27 products.

These 6 exciting new launches are bringing The Oridnary’s skincare portfolio to a whopping grand total of 55 skincare products. With such a collection to choose from it’s no wonder The Ordinary can be mind-boggling.

Do not worry my friend, The Ordinary skincare is completely straightforward when you know what’s perfect for your skin type and top skin concerns.

Come find out which of The Ordainry’s 6 new launches I rate, plus which is ‘the ONE’ you should be buying and trying today.

The Ordinary new products review 2023.

The Ordinary’s 6 New Skincare Launches: The Honest Truth

Before we get stuck right in, you need to know, while I’m a massive fan of The Ordinary skincare, I do not love all of their formulations. Sure I rave about them, and I mention them in press like last month’s published article in The Daily Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine (see below) – but I actually have a few The Ordinary products I never, ever recommend you use (I expose them inside my online course Extraordinary Skin With The Ordinary).

What you’re about to find here, is my honest, scientific assessment of all 6 new The Ordinary formulations. What benefits you might see in your skin if you use them plus whether they’re a heck yes buy it now or a new launch that makes me shrug and say you can find better for the price.

1. The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser Review

Wahoo! I’ve wondered for years why The Ordinary are only offering one cleanser option – and yes, yes, yes, 2023 is the year they’ve finally gone and done it. The year The Ordinary now offer not just one, but a soon-to-be two new cleanser offerings (more about the second soon). Making their total cleanser portfolio a sturdy friendship group of three.

The ingredients list is super simple: Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Coco Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Phytic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

In fact, there are only two key ‘actives’ in The Ordinary’s Glucoside Foaming Cleanser – decyl glucoside and glucoside.

You can see where they got the name from eh ;).

The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser Review.

So I bet you’re wondering, ok Cheryl sounds great but what the heck’s a glucoside?

Don’t worry dear friend – it’s super simple.

Glucosides are ultra-gentle cleansers.

Here’s the deal – there are three types of cleansing actives any skincare product can use;

  1. Anionic (this is the most common – sodium lauryl sulphate is an example aka SLS)
  2. Non-ionic
  3. Amphoteric

Anionic cleansers are THE most irritating of these three types. They can strip away too many layers of your skin barrier to make your skin dry, dehydrated, red and sometimes squeaky clean feeling. They can also wiggle their way (because surfactants are shaped like tadpoles) between layers of your skin, lodge themselves here and go on to cause chronic dehydration and sensitivity.

Pwoar right – which is why I love to steer clear of most cleansers with anionic surfactants.

Glucosides sit firmly in the non-ionic surfactant tadpole family – making them super gentle and respectful of your skin.

They don’t foam as strongly as anionic tadpoles but they can definitely cleanse just as effectively.

Other big ticks;

  • pH balanced to 5.5
  • Environmentally friendly – these cleanser actives are made from renewable sources
  • Pretty much any skin type can use this
  • Super gentle – no skin stripping here – will help prevent always dull-looking skin

Heck No’s;

  • If you have a known allergy to Benzyl Alcohol this is not for you (rare)
  • It’s a wee bit pricy for what it is – £11.10 for 150ml – it’s definitely not the cheapest non-ionic cleanser on the market (I’ve come to expect that The Ordinary will always win on price, but their newest launches don’t follow this code)

Now to the most important question – is The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser a heck yes or a heck no? Overall, heck yes, especially if you’re addicted to foaming cleansers. Foaming cleansers are traditionally super harsh to skin, however, The Ordinary’s Glucoside Cleanser gives you a double whammy of foam and skin respect. And you don’t need a lot. Wahoo.

Buy it now.

2. The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + PhytoCeramides Review

I’m getting more and more excited as I write this because for 7 whole years, The Ordinary offered just one moisturiser – their Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA. Now there’s a newbie about town – The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturising Factors + Phytoceramides.

Let me be clear straight off the block – this is a moisturiser;

  • For winter
  • For dry/dry tending skin types
  • For eczema-prone skin types
  • For skin that gets flaky

This is not a moisturiser for everyone. Which is actually really great. This is targeted skincare.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + PhytoCeramides Review.

The ingredients list: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate, Isosorbide Dicaprylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Glycosphingolipids, Glycolipids, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Proline, Threonine, Glutamic Acid, Lysine HCl, Betaine, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Glucose, Maltose, Fructose, Trehalose, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Urea, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Triolein, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Pentylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Magnesium Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Just like you expect, The Ordinary’s PhytoCeramides moisturiser has the same basic formula as the original NMF+HA… plus extras.

Here are those important extras;

  • Cetyl Ethylhexanoate –  helps lock in moisture and leaves a long-lasting velvety, silky feel to skin
  • Isodecyl Neopentanoate – more of the above, moisturises in a non-greasy way with a dry, silky effect on skin
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil – natural silicone substitute – will potently help lock in skin hydration
  • The plant ceramides! Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides – anti-inflammatory (ideal for sensitive, dry skin) – helps combat environmental stress and premature ageing – wahoo
  • The plant ceramides! Glycosphingolipids + Glycolipids – moisturises and protects the skin from losing its elasticity and firmness, helps improve skin texture, gives instant and long-lasting hydration – psst – the supplier of this ingredient claim it tightens your pores (I’m a little sceptical, but any formula which can boost skin hydration and skin elasticity – yes, does have potential to do this)
  • Lysine HCl – skin conditioning amino acid, helps delay skin ageing, improves skin fine lines, and makes skin full and elastic
  • Allantoin – FDA-registered skin protectant to soothe skin, prevent dehydration, reduce redness and more – I love this active for sensitive, dry skin

The Ordinary tested their formula on 30 humans (yay) to find it immediately boosts skin hydration by a humungous 68%. That’s awesome. What’s even more awesome is some of the actives in the formula also help give skin long-term hydration (the most important bit, because massive short-term hydration boosts can actually dry out your skin long-term).

Now to the most important question – is The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturising Factors + Phytoceramides a heck yes or a heck no? It’s a heck yes from me for dry skin types. You might also switch to The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturising Factors + Phytoceramides in winter if you have a combination skin type. The only tear I shed here is price. The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturising Factors + Phytoceramides is twice the cost of The Ordinary’s original NMF+HA moisturiser. In my opinion the formula’s worth it – although there are also other awesome moisturisers out there in this price bracket.

Buy it now. 

Psst – if you’re wondering how to mix any of these new The Ordinary products with your existing The Ordinary routine, grab your free copy of my How to Mix The Ordinary cheatsheet here.

3. The Ordinary Aloe 2% + NAG 2% Solution Review

A new serum you will love if you get acne, pimples and breakouts or if you have constantly dehydrated and dull-looking skin that’s uneven in tone.

So it covers quite a few skin concerns 🙂

The Ordinary Aloe 2% + NAG 2% Solution Review

The ingredients: Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, N-Acetyl Glucosamine, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Biosaccharide Gum-2, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

What I’m loving about The Oridnary’s Aloe 2% + NAG 2% Solution the most, is it’s use of an unsung skincare hero – NAG aka N-acetyl Glucosamine. There are very few skincare products on the market using NAG and it’s awesome – especially for always dehydrated, dull-looking skin types.

Here’s a little sneaker at the major awesome thing NAG can do;

  • Helps your skin make its own hyaluronic acid (read why this is extra awesome here)

Amazingly awesome for your skin because science studies tell us;

Because of its stimulation of hyaluronic acid synthesis, glucosamine has been shown to accelerate wound healing, improve skin hydration, and decrease wrinkles.J Cosmet Dermatol. 2006 Dec;5(4):309-15

Wahoo, so it’s anti-ageing too.

This same study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology goes on to reveal to us;

In addition, as an inhibitor of tyrosinase activation, it inhibits melanin production and is useful in treatment of disorders of hyperpigmentation.J Cosmet Dermatol. 2006 Dec;5(4):309-15

So sciencey eh – don’t worry – here’s the human version of this clip: NAG can help prevent dark marks in your skin – that means dark marks caused by acne (we technically call these post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) or dark marks caused by skin ageing or sun exposure.

The other secret awesome ingredient The Orindary’s Aloe 2% + NAG 2% Solution contains is a peptide with the techy name of Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4.  It’s absolutely fab for anti-ageing and for wound healing – this means healing from breakouts too.

Now to the most important question – is The Ordinary’s Aloe 2% + NAG 2% Solution a heck yes or a heck no? Heck yes, this serum’s for you if you’re wanting to heal breakouts quickly plus prevent acne scars. It’s also for you if your skin tone’s annoyingly always dull looking and uneven. Plus The Oridnary’s Aloe 2% + NAG 2% Solution comes at a super reasonable price tag. Yay.

Buy it here.

4. The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Eye Serum Review

Peptides are absolutely fabulous anti-ageing actives. But here’s the thing, my heart went boo when I saw this The Ordinary launch. My first thought – you really don’t need a separate eye serum. In fact, there are very few cases I ever recommend you use a separate eye care product – whether that’s a serum or a cream.

Buffet or Matrixyl from The Ordinary could easily be used around your eye area for great anti-ageing benefits.

The Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Dipropylene Glycol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Caffeine, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Silanetriol, Arginine, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, Propyl Gallate, Maltodextrin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Wowzer eh. That’s a lot. Here are the ingredients found in The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide Eye serum that are awesome;

  • Acetyl Glucosamine – yes it’s similar to the awesome N-acetyl Glucosamine we just talked i.e. helping boost your skin’s own hyaluronic acid synthesis
  • Niacinamide – awesome anti-redness, anti-ageing active – however I don’t love this for the eye area as it has the potential to make dark under-eye circles caused by blood pooling look worse – that’s because it can reduce pigmentation in your skin so the skin gets a bit more transparent
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 – aka MATRIXYL™ synthe’6 – nicknamed the wrinkle filler and found in The Ordinary’s Matrixyl 10% + HA serum
  • Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 – aka Argireline – the skincare version of Botox – found in The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide + HA Serum previously known as Buffet
  • Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3 – mimics retinoic acid aka retinoids to increase cell turnover and collagen synthesis without causing irritation and stinging – great for the eye area – was an ingredient Hylamide used in their awesome anti-ageing serums before The Ordinary’s parent company DECIEM discontinued Hylamide in 2022.
  • Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate – double whammy skincare version of Botox – one supplier of this active describes it as ‘having a similar structure to snake venom, it helps to make loose skin vitalized, firm and healthy.’ 😂
  • Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract + Silanetriol – the supplier of this active call it Lumin-Eye – helps boost circulation to reduce under-eye bags and puffiness.

Psst – The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide Eye serum also contains the same caffeine and EGCG actives that their original Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG for tired eyes has.

Now to the most important question – is The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide Eye serum a heck yes or a heck no? For me it’s almost a heck no – I love the formulation (mostly) and it’s jamily packed with fab anti-ageing peptides, however, The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide Eye serum’s over 2X the price of the original Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG for eyes. You can get these same benefits by simply lazily 😉 using face serums around your eyes – this is why I’m leaning towards heck no for most humans.

Buy it here.

5. The Ordinary Glycolipid Cream Cleanser Review

A creamy cleanse. Wahey, finally! Cream cleansers are my favourite type of cleaning product because creamy cleansers tend to be most gentle on your skin barrier. #respect

The Ordinary Glycolipid Cream Cleanser Review

The Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Glycolipids, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-6 Dicaprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Diutan Gum, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Sodium Phytate, Phytic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Like The Ordianry’s other new cleanser, their Glucoside Foaming Cleanser, The Ordinary’s Glycolipid Cream Cleanser has a simple no-fuss formula. I love simple cleanser formulas because – breaking news – most of your cleanser is getting washed down the sink 😀 so top tip – don’t pay for fancy cleansers with anti-ageing vitamin C or skin-brightening glycolic acid.

Glycolipids are the cleansing active here. They’re not anionic and so are super gentle on your skin. But the big news – even though glycolipids are gentle they’re still awesome at removing makeup.

More proof you don’t have to be a ‘hard alpha man’ to be a boss at work 😉

Now to the most important question – is The Ordinary’s Glycolipid Cream Cleanser a heck yes or a heck no? It’s a heck, heck yes. I love the skin-respecting formula. It’s great for all skin types – all humans should try this.

Buy it here.

6. The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan Review – launching 10th May

The first thing you must know, this is a gel-cream moisturiser I’m deeply excited by.

I write this not yet knowing its ingredients list – so be sure to bookmark this blog as I’ll update my review of The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan once it officially launches.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan Review

UPDATE: The Ingredients List: Aqua (Water), PPG-24-Glycereth-24, Propanediol, Betaine, Beta-Glucan, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Proline, Threonine, Glutamic Acid, Lysine HCL, Glucose, Maltose, Fructose, Trehalose, Xylitol, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitylglucoside, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Urea, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phospholipids, Sphingolipids, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, P-Anisic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

What you need to know;

  • This is going to be the perfect The Ordinary moisturiser if you have an oily skin type or a T-zone that often channels oil-slick vibes (holding my hand up)
  • It’s combining moisturizing factors, ceramides and beta-glucan (all awesome for your skin barrier health – which is super impactful for slowing skin ageing and fighting acne)
  • You’ll find beta-glucan naturally in oats – a lovely active for sensitive, red or struggling skin or even a skin type prone to breakouts – beta-glucan forms a natural protective film on your skin – a film that gives soothing, anti-inflammatory, restorative, repairing and skin-protecting benefits. It also as the supplier says, has an obvious deep moisturizing effect on the skin, for fast and long-lasting hydration. Wahoo.
  • Important: this is a lightweight moisturiser however it’s still deeply hydrating, The Ordinary conducted a 30-human test to show us The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan moisturiser boosts skin hydration after just one application plus – and as it also strengthens your skin barrier – skin remained well hydrated in the 8 hour testing period – wahoo.

Now to the most important question – is The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan a heck yes or a heck no? Heck yes, The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan has a super reasonable price tag for its awesome formula. It’s also ‘oil free’ oh and psst – it also doesn’t contain oleic acid like the original The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors – which is a fabulous thing because here’s the deal – oleic acid can help to breed breakout bacteria on your skin. Overall I’m a big fan of The Ordinary’s new Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan.

Buy it here (priority access link).

Which of these 6 new The Ordinary skincare launches are you most excited to try out?