How Do I Layer The Ordinary Skincare Products?

If you're looking to build a new skincare routine from scratch, innovative brand The Ordinary are a great place to start. With high-quality ingredients for affordable prices, you will notice instant results no matter your skin type or skincare concern.

The best way to use products from The Ordinary is to layer them up to ensure your skin gets everything it needs to stay healthy. Building a routine from The Ordinary may seem a little overwhelming, however knowing which order the products should be used in will help build your morning and evening routines.


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After Cleansing

The Ordinary mainly focus on treatments as opposed to the more traditional three-step cleanse, tone, moisturise routine. When using products from The Ordinary you should always use an additional cleanser before any step to ensure your skin is free from makeup and dirt so the treatments work most effectively.

If you're using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, it's recommended you use this after your cleanser and before any other products.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution 240ml

Designed to target textural irregularities and lackluster tone, The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution contains 7% Glycolic Acid, Amino Acids, Aloe Vera, Ginseng and Tasmanian Pepperberry. Glycolic Acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that exfoliates the skin. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% offers mild exfoliation for improved skin radiance and visible clarity. The formula also improves the appearance of skin texture with continued use.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Water Solutions

The Ordinary products typically are either water-based or oil-based, and it's important you apply your water-based products first. For your morning routine these include:

If you are using a retinol such as The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane or The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid Emulsion 2%, these should be used only at night time as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays and they work best overnight.


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After Water Solutions

The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% has an emulsion formulation, meaning it should be applied after water solutions and before oil-based products and can be used in both the morning and the evening.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% should also be applied after water solutions and before oil-based products but should only be used in the evening, and not in the same session as The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% as the two ingredients can react and weaken each other.


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Oil-based Products and Creams

Once you have applied you water-based solutions and suspensions, it's time to use your heavier oil-based products and creams. These can all be used in both the morning and the evening. It's recommended you start with only using one of these especially if you have an oily complexion.


The Final Step

The Ordinary do offer a more traditional moisturiser, The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA which can be used in the morning and evening to rehydrate skin. It should be the final step of your skincare routine to lock in moisture.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA 100ml

This lightweight moisturiser uses a blend of hydrating ingredients to help nourish dehydrated and dry skin for both instant and long-term hydration. Containing ingredients that occur naturally in the skin, such as Hyaluronic Acid and Amino Acids to deliver instant and long-term hydration.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

There are also two primers available which are a hybrid of skincare and makeup, the The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer and The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer . If you want to find out which is best for your skin, you can view our guide 'Which is the right primer from The Ordinary for my skin type?'

If you're still unsure as to which products you should be using, The Ordinary Skincare Guide will help you find the best products for your skincare routine.


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