Guide to properly layering The Ordinary products

Layering The Ordinary products can be confusing. If you are looking to build a new skincare routine from scratch, an innovative brand like The Ordinary is a great place to start. This brand is well known for its high-quality ingredients and for affordable prices.

layering the ordinary products

You MAY notice instant results no matter your skin type or skin care 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.

In my video, I will show you how to create your personalized skincare routine, effectively.

Before I get to layering The Ordinary products, I want to make clear that not all of this product that The Ordinary list in their regime, is necessary, and some will not be right for your skin type.

You can do as many as you choose and ultimately, it’s all about finding a routine that is manageable, enjoyable, and will keep your skin looking its best.

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I can’t recommend this brand enough! You can find The Ordinary skincare regime guide on their website. REGIMEN BUILDER

Layering The Ordinary is Simple

1. Don’t buy too many products of the same solution or category.

I know from experience that when you first hear about The Ordinary you will fill your basket right up because the products look so cheap. But seriously, don’t waste money. You will end with lots of products that conflict and not enough time to use them all.

2. Stick to the same routine for a good few weeks for the best results.

A minimum of 12 weeks would be ideal.

3. Start slowly

If you use 3 products all at once for the first time and your skin has a reaction, how will you know which product caused it? Introduce one product at a time.

The rule of thumb is only THREE SERUMS and only ONE strong active at a time according to The

For example, if your existing regimen includes, say Azelaic Acid you wouldn’t use Retinol or Vitamin C 30% at the same time. You should use actives on alternative nights.

By the way, Azelaic Acid treats pigmentation vs. Vitamin C and helps to prevent the reappearance of pigmentation after treatment. I have a whole chapter dedicated to it in my FREE e-book. Check it out!

Start with cleanser

The Ordinary in their regime mainly FOCUS ON TREATMENT and doesn’t include cleaning your skin before applying active ingredients and don’t mention applying sunscreen after (in the morning routine).

But this is the important step.


If you decide to use Toning Solution. It’s recommended you use this after your cleanser and before any other products.

You don’t have to use them all

Let’s say you choose the skincare regime. You are also not required to do all the steps in the skincare regime, use it as a guide in order of the products are used and why.

You can do as many as you choose and ultimately, it’s all about finding a routine that is manageable, enjoyable, and will keep your skin looking its best.

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I’ve got more than one skin concern, how do I choose a regiment?

Take a good look at yourself, what are you trying to achieve with your skincare. When you have both acne and aging or pigmentation and dry skin (or all the above for this matter), how does one go about choosing a regiment?

Luckily, a lot of The Ordinary products have more than one function.

For example, Azelaic Acid targets acne but also has skin brightening effects. Retinol and Retinoids are like a silver bullet for skin – normalizing the skin and acting on aging, pigmentation, and blemishes.

If you have sensitive and dry skin, tread carefully when choosing your regiment – start off with a sensitive or dry regiment before carefully adding in any actives that target other issues.

The Ordinary Regimen for Sensitive Skin

AM: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

PM: 100% Plant-Derived Squalane, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

The Ordinary Regimen for Dry Skin

AM: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

PM: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, 100% Plant-Derived Squalane + B5, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

I will do separate blog posts/videos for more common skin concerns.

The Ordinary is a fantastic skincare resource, making ingredients with proven effectiveness at decent concentrations available to the masses without a hefty price tag. The key message is not to get overexcited by the wealth of affordable choices – do your homework first and choose a small selection of key ingredients.

Don’t forget to use sunscreen!!


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Irina Nikitina – Founder of Modern Fifty TV

Guide to layering The Ordinary products


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  1. Do you use The Ordinary products? What is your favorite?

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