The Ordinary


The Ordinary sells a variety of pretty potent skincare formulations at a low price point. They don't have a traditional marketing campaign and there isn't any 'extra fluff' to their brand or products. I recently purchased a few things: Retinol 1% in Squalane, Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%, Resveratrol 2% + Ferulic Acid 3%, and Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and here are my thoughts.

Right off the bat I'm going to tell you that I was overzealous with the Retinol 1%. I should have been more cautious seeing that retinol can use redness, dryness, and peeling. For me it caused all three. To be honest, it also could have been to the alpha lipoic acid since it's a higher concentration... but I'll just go with the retinol since those are common side effects.

For me the side effects didn't last more than two days, and I combated it with an aloe gel and rose hip oil. Now, just to be safe, I don't use these products in combination with one another- except I'll still spot treat with the niacinamide + zinc.

Overall, these products have made my skin noticeably smoother and clearer in a relatively short time. You also can't beat the price. But the acid products definitely smell when you apply them, and I think that overuse of these products could really irritate your skin since they're so strong.

(I also purchased their Hyaluronic acid 2% + B5, but I don't like it as much. It has a sticky texture which detracts from any added hydration it may be providing.)