The Ordinary Regimen for Aging

How to layer The Ordinary products for the best anti-aging skin-care routine

About the Author

I started working with Adore Beauty in the warehouse just over 2 years ago. I am now part of the marketing team here at Adore HQ. I usually spend my time trying to keep my house plants alive, taking walks along Merri creek and showering the cat with obsessive affection. The most important skincare tip I've learnt here is to wear SPF every day - If only I could tell that to my younger self!
HAIR CONCERN:
  • Colour protection
  • Dull, lacking shine
  • Frizzy hair
HAIR TYPE:
  • Straight
  • Wavy
SKIN CONCERN:
  • First signs of ageing
  • Acne, breakouts and blackheads
  • Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
SKIN TYPE:
  • Normal to dry
CHOICES:
  • Cruelty Free
HAIR TEXTURE:
  • Medium

Known for being anything BUT, The Ordinary has transformed the way we look at skincare. The stripped-back ingredients combine to better your skin and target imperfections. No fluff, no frills, no damage to your bank balance. And The Ordinary products look good too!

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These little bottles of wonder are mind-blowingly affordable. Set them on your bathroom shelf to look pulled-together and super-organised. Because good skincare is the first step to a good life … right?! With AHAs, Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, and more, these super treatments take care of your skin and address your every skin concern.

Ageing skin is something we all think about. Change can be hard to overcome, especially when you look in the mirror and notice things that haven’t previously been there. Wrinkles? Fine lines? Pigmentation? We get it. We’ve been there.

The Ordinary has a considered skin care routine for mature skin that gets to the root of your issues without demanding your entire paycheck. Amazing! And yep, the scientific names can be confusing. To help, we’ve put together an efficacious The Ordinary anti-ageing routine to help you target your skin woes.

What are the Best The Ordinary Products for Aging Skin?

If it’s an anti-ageing beauty routine you’re after, The Ordinary is a great place to start. Perfect for those who want to customise their anti-ageing skincare routine, The Ordinary routine for ageing skin allows you to mix up your approach as often as your ever-changing skin requires. Honestly, it’s never too early to start an affordable anti-ageing skincare routine!

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‘The Ordinary’ refers to ingredients, rather than results, which makes it hard to know what products to pick. Retinol is the anti-ageing, anti-acne exfoliant that helps clear up 

skin and reduce unwanted wrinkles. An important part of The Ordinary mature skin regime is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%, which combines two next-generation Retinoid actives to help pigmentation, acne, and fine lines.

You could also try The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane, which works to smooth fine lines and tackle general signs of ageing. This water-free, vegan, cruelty-free solution contains 0.2% Retinol. The most powerful way to master a mature skin care routine is to follow The Ordinary ageing regime that we’ve pulled together for you below.

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When Should You Start Using Retinol?

It’s generally agreed that the earlier you start tending to any signs of ageing, the better off you’ll be. Retinol is a huge part of that process. A derivative of Vitamin A, Retinol is a revolutionary youth-enhancing master that skincare experts love to recommend.

While it should be applied with caution to sensitive skin, Retinol in your routine will promote skin cell renewal, reduce acne, and help boost collagen production. Impressive! Start by using a low percentage (0.1% to 0.2%) as part of your routine to let the skin get used to the effects. When you first start using Retinol, you might experience redness, so use it only once a week at first. If your skin continues to feel irritated, stop use. But over time, most people experience skin-smoothing, glowing effects.

Apply Retinol only at night, and always use sunscreen in the morning. And keep in mind that Retinol isn’t just for the face! You can also use it over your neck and chest, where the sun hits and causes noticeable damage.

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When Should I Start My Anti-Aging Routine?

The Ordinary anti ageing routine is something that can be started at any age! While it might seem presumptive to begin a solid skincare routine in your early 20s, it’s clear that prevention is better than cure. Always apply sunscreen, and invest in an affordable anti ageing skincare routine to keep yourself looking fresh.

If you’re in your 30s or 40s but haven’t started an anti-ageing skincare routine yet, don’t panic! Begin slowly and introduce some good habits into your everyday routine to get skin where you want it to be.

Jo explains the benefits of Hyaluronic and what it can do for you skin:

Which The Ordinary Product is Best for Wrinkles?

The best skin care routine for mature skin is one that you stick to over time. A regular, simple anti-ageing habit will help perk up tired skin. It's clear that The Ordinary regimen for mature skin is key to a good skin day.

Confused about where to start with your The Ordinary anti-ageing bundle? Don’t worry. We’ve got you …

The Ordinary Anti-Aging Morning Routine:

Step 1: The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

Step 1: The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

Your morning cleanser should help you wake up. It should also breathe some life back into your skin and wash away impurities after a night’s sleep. The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser is inspired by the efficacy of oil cleansers. Oil cleansers are known for attracting impurities and washing them away with ease. If you’ve ever suffered a negative reaction to your cleanser (dry skin, oily patches—that kind of thing), The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser blends skin-similar Esters and Squalane for an effective but gentle everyday cleanse.

  • One of the best The Ordinary products for mature skin, The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser hydrates skin and helps reduce inflammation. Effectively removing traces of makeup and stubborn build-up, this cleanser softens skin to leave your face feeling comfortable and never tight or dry. If you’ve always wanted to try an oil cleanser but can’t deal with an oily texture, this could be a great option for you. It won’t irritate the skin, and the Squalane’s softening effect helps increase the skin’s elasticity.

Step 2: The Ordinary Resveratrol & Ferulic Acid

Step 2: The Ordinary Resveratrol & Ferulic Acid

The Ordinary range for mature skin should include the powerful, antioxidant-laden The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%. This oil-free, water-free, alcohol-free, cruelty-free, and vegan formula contains two of the most effective and important antioxidants in skincare: Resveratrol and Ferulic Acid. This combination of antioxidants positively affects skin by building up its resilience. Resveratrol, a natural phenol found in several plants, is an ingredient your skin will love to lap up. The Ordinary’s Resveratrol is 100% derived from Japanese Knotweed.

  • Ferulic Acid is found in the walls of plant cells. It’s a natural, high-potency phytochemical antioxidant that works perfectly when blended for the skin. This formula contains 3% of both Resveratrol and Ferulic Acid, which is incredibly high when compared to the 0.5% to 1% found in average skincare ranges. To use The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% and reap the benefits, apply after cleansing and using water-based solutions, and before any oils or creams.

Step 3: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Step 3: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

If you haven’t jumped on the Hyaluronic Acid train yet, now’s the time to hop on board! Dry, dehydrated skin shows signs of ageing faster. Every woman, man, and cat (well ...) loves the kind, hydrating benefits of Hyaluronic Acid. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 comes at a price point that won’t give you the guilts. Did you know HA attracts up to 1,000 times its weight in water? If you’re wondering what are the best The Ordinary products for ageing skin, add this product to your cart. This post-cleanse formula boosts the skin’s hydration with easy absorption, and because of its lightweight texture, it’s suitable for all skin types.

  • Made to plump and nourish tired, ageing skin, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is enriched with additional Vitamin B5 to support the Hyaluronic Acid and boost hydration further. While this formula hasn’t been specifically designed to help treat acne, it will help soothe the skin during or after an irritating breakout. It’s also excellent at helping repair the skin after a rosacea flare-up. As the skin becomes older and drier, this handy little acid will rehydrate skin and help minimise the appearance of fine lines. Use morning and night before you apply moisturiser or oil to really see the benefits.

Step 4: Always Apply Sunscreen

Step 4: Always Apply Sunscreen

After you’ve preened and pampered your skin with nourishing products from The Ordinary range, it would be silly to undo all your good work by not applying a decent SPF. To complement The Ordinary regimen for acne and ageing skin, an affordable but effective SPF like La Roche-Posay Uvidea XL Melt In Cream SPF50 will help keep your skin protected. Fragrance- and perfume-free, this melt-in cream doesn’t leave a white cast and contains soothing Thermal Spring Water. Skin is left soft, comfortable, and protected all day long. Uvidea XL will also help ease any dryness.

  • One of the major causes of ageing skin (aside from just getting older!) is the sun. Researchers have found that using sunscreen regularly will help prevent deep wrinkles, sun spots, and loss of elasticity.

The Ordinary Anti-Aging Morning Routine
  1. 3. Hydrating Serum
  2. 4. Sunscreen
    • La Roche-Posay Uvidea XL Melt In Cream SPF50
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The Ordinary Anti-Aging Night-Time Routine:

Step 1: The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

Step 1: The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

The same as your first step in the morning, The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser will gently remove any impurities that you’ve picked up during the day. As tempting as it is to accidentally on purpose forget about washing your face and removing your makeup, skipping the wash is a big no-no if you want to rival wrinkled skin. Cleanse away your day and get your good-skin night-time routine off to a good start.

You can maximise the benefits of your second step when you alternate using The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% with The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%. Both bottles are packed full of goodness and complement each other perfectly.

Step 2 Alternate A: The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%

Step 2 Alternate A: The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%

Previously known as Advanced Retinoid 2%, The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% is one of the most popular anti-ageing Retinoid products in The Ordinary range. This moderate-strength emulsion is a lightweight formula that doesn’t irritate skin. The Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) takes a soft approach and helps accelerate the skin’s turnover and reduce any signs of ageing. The creamy solution smooths comfortably over the skin and can treat pigmentation, acne, and fine lines.

  • Less harsh on the skin than traditional forms of Retinoids, The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2% combines two Retinoids to diminish the signs of ageing while being kind to skin. Start using this product once a week so your skin gets used to it, and build up your use over time. Use in the evening before you apply your oils or moisturisers.

Step 2 Alternate B: The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%

Step 2 Alternate B: The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%

Your skin loves a good antioxidant blend, which is why when you’re not applying The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion, it’s a good idea to use The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%. Made to improve the texture and tone of your skin, the high concentrations of active ingredients in this solution helps give skin back a youthful radiance. Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant enzyme that helps tackle premature ageing and free radicals.

  • Introduce The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% into your routine slowly, and apply only at night to avoid sun exposure. This water-free treatment has an oily texture that sinks into the skin easily for a hydrating effect. Apply 2 to 3 drops before bed and look for a nice glow the morning after. Lasts longer than sex!

Step 3: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Step 3: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Because your skin loves the hydrating benefits of Hyaluronic Acid so much, we recommend using it as the third step in your night-time routine. Because it’s suitable for all skin types, HA is essential for every bathroom cabinet. The multiple molecular weights of the Hyaluronic Acid in this product work to give even the driest skin multi-depth hydration. Apply The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 as part of your morning and night-time routine to feel the skin-plumping benefits.

Step 4: The Ordinary Buffet

Step 4: The Ordinary Buffet

A comprehensive collection of powerful technologies, The Ordinary Buffet is the high-quality, no-frills formula your skin needs before bed. This The Ordinary anti ageing serum is a Peptide, Amino Acid, and Hyaluronic Acid serum that takes care of the signs of ageing. The combination helps diminish fine lines, gives the skin a firmer finish, and stimulates the production of collagen for a plumped-up, youthful appearance. If you’re dry or dehydrated, your skin will drink this hydrating formula right up.

  • Vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty free, The Ordinary Buffet has been blended with ageing skin in mind, making it the perfect addition to your The Ordinary ageing skin night-time routine. It’s one of the best The Ordinary products for ageing skin available! Apply to dry, clean skin after your other water-based products. Always use before you add any oils or creams to your skin.

Step 5: The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Step 5: The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Rich in Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, and Pro-Vitamin A, The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is fast becoming a cult classic in the skincare world. Super-affordable and super-nourishing, the oil acts as a natural saviour for the skin. It helps nourish dry and dehydrated skin and helps strengthen and repair photo-aged skin. Cold-pressed to ensure potency, the pure, organic oil doesn’t degrade, so you always see the benefits. Omega Fatty Acids and Pro-Vitamin A help regenerate skin cells for a youthful appearance.

  • To let this hydrating, nourishing oil sink into your skin, use it as your last step in your anti-ageing routine The Ordinary. Apply The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil after you’ve used all your water-based solutions. Then let the softening ingredients get to work while you snooze. Vitamin A is a great treatment for acne-prone skin, but apply this oily formula with caution if you’re prone to overnight breakouts. However, the skin-smoothing formula is perfect for those with any lingering acne-scarring.

The Ordinary Anti-Aging Night Routine
  1. 2. Alternating Retinoid & Alpha Lipoic Acid
  2. 3. Hydrating Serum
  3. 4. Anti-Aging Serum
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Why Should I Use The Ordinary?

Affordable, effective, and pretty good to look at, each The Ordinary bottle contains the magic you need to feel good about your skin. With daily aggressors, pollutants, lack of sleep, and sunshine all affecting how your skin looks on the daily, it’s good to start an affordable routine that you can keep up with.

With so many The Ordinary products available for you to try and play with, curating a skincare routine that’s made especially for you is easy. And if mature skin is your main gripe, the above routine is a great place to start.

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