• Esanth Moyo

The Ordinary an Indepth Review



It has been no secret that the Ordinary has been one of my favourite budget skincare ranges ever. Yet I am compelled to say there is nothing frugal or cheap about the ingredients and products used by The Ordinary. I wrote a first impressions post on what I purchased initially and you can find it here.

Since I have been Using these products almost daily since October 2016, it's fair to say I can now give you an indepth review of my thoughts and feelings over these products. I have picked three of my favourites which I have repurchased at least twice.


Advanced Retinoid

Retinoid as an ingredient that is extremely important in my skincare routine in order to target premature ageing. It's the single most effective ingredient proven to reduce the signs of age, diminishing fine line and wrinkles, brightening pigmentation giving the skin an even skin tone. This Vitamin A acid regulates cell proliferation giving the skin a boost and speeding up cell turn over, giving you a youthful looking skin, in simple terms this is a fancy highly active exfoliant. However, Over the counter Retinoids are not as potent and their prescription counterparts retinoic acid hence it can take longer to see results 6-8 weeks, another important fact is retinoid acid has been know to cause dryness flaking and sensitivity, though I am happy to report I did not experience this with the ordinary advanced Retinoid 2%, I must say experiences may be different for individuals, please use with caution.

This is a white emulsion type serum applies and feels like an oil yet it absorbes almost immediately, it has a slightly sticky feel to it but this soon disappears. This product has no distinctive smell though I wouldn't go as far as saying it has no scent at all, just not an offensive one. I don't find it irritating to my skin on application like I do with the vitamin C. It leaves me with a nice dewy finish, that feeling of hydration post application. After continued use I saw visibly reduced pores, less breakouts though this could be attributed to other products too. My skin is even toned and most of the time I don't need to wear makeup, yes! I honestly believe it is that good, I can say this product works and I am going to be on this affordable skincare hype for the foreseeable future.


If I was to pick a favourite among the three products I am discussing today I would struggle between this Lactic acid 10% and HA 2%. Ever since I discovered this products I have never touch my alpha h liquid gold or any other manual or chemical exfoliant.

Let's talk more about lactic acid and how it works. First and foremost, we all know as you age skin renewal slows down so you need to support this superficial cell turnover by regularly using exfoliating products, when the dead skin cells are removed the products you then apply are more effective as they are not just sitting on top, they are actually absorbed and therefore able to target specific issues, resulting in better skin quality for the individual. The Ordinary Lactic acid is a gentle exfoliating acid with a ph of 3.60 to 3.80 it's vegan and cruelty free, plus it doesn't contain any silicones,

Alpha hydroxic acids are chemical peels derived from either fruit, milk or sugar cane. They are able to penetrate the top skin layers and dissolves the bond that bind the dead skin cells, allowing for the dead skin cells to be released and removed so as to reveal new healthy glowing skin.

However this process can be irritating to the skin, to mange this risk skincare companies add a soothing ingredient in this case the Ordinary Lactic acid contains Tasmanian pepperberry.

The complete ingredient list is as follows ~

Aqua (Water), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Arginine, Potassium Citrate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethyl 2,2-Dimethylhydrocinnamal, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol

I am on my second bottle of this AHA, I use it 2-3 times a week, at first my skin was sensitive, so I felt a tingling sensation, I had to apply an oil soon after application to reduce this effect which eventually died down with prolonged use. However, the results are almost instant usually the next morning I can clearly see that my skin is well exfoliated and looks rejuvenated. I thoroughly enjoy this stuff and will be continuing to use it.


This maybe by far my favourite Vitamin serum of all the Ordinary products, it is marketed as a blemish eliminating formula which I can attest to. I have oily combination skin which is prone to breakouts and of all the skincare products I have tried nothing has quite worked the same at preventing or treating breakouts as this portion here.

That being said this is no one trick pony, Niaciamide is known for its pore reducing properties anti ageing factor plus Zinc is an anti inflammatory agent too.

The company does not recommend this as an acne treatment but for use on breakout; this is the best spot treatment out there in my opinion. I have already ordered my third bottle. Not forgetting that Niaciamide helps retain moisture and promotes micro circulation of blood on the skin surface according to the British medical journal.


I have also on order the marula oil and a few other bits from the Ordinary, meaning I will have a more reviews for you in the category of great skin at any budget.

What are your thoughts on budget skincare, share this link with a friend if you think they might find it useful. The aim is to achieve great skin at any age and at any budget.

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