Best of “The Ordinary” – 1 Year Anniversary

The Ordinary is 1 year Birthday baby this month and since it has launched I have tried my fair share of products from them. I have not reviewed any products on my blog for the only reason I test my skincare for 2-3 months and by the time I planned to write my review, either I get my product very late due to popular demand or I do not have a picture to take since I have used it up!

But I have posted some of my mini reviews on my instagram page, but it is nothing like a detailed blog, so here we are today trying to write my top favorites from The Ordinary that I have repurchased and continue to repurchase and has worked the best for my skin.


The main reason I think The Ordinary is so popular is because this is the only brand to make superior skincare affordable to the masses. We have drugstore makeup to substitute for high end makeup but there were no easy skincare available in the market that would do exactly the same if not more than shelling out hundreds of dollars. I also feel it shifted the makeup trend to turn its head around to see more skincare and this is the best thing to happen in beauty industry in 2017.

Now without too much delay lets jump into my 7 favorite products in no particular order:

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid7% Toning  Solution – This is my top favorite as it replaced my Pixi glow tonic for a fraction of cost and I could see changes in my face in just 1 week, this is a huge bottle that comes for very long time so I always have a backup since it is out of stock most of the time. What I love about this product is the excellent ingredients list. It contains rose and cornflower water, aloe vera, glycerin, ginseng extract and a Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative to soothe, hydrate and reduce any irritation. It has 7% glycolic acid giving you more bang for your buck than it’s contemporaries, and more importantly is alcohol, fragrance and dye free.  I love how gentle yet effective it is and how incredibly soft and smooth it leaves my skin. I use it religiously every night after I cleanse my face and then apply my rest of skincare serums and treatments. Everything seems to work lot better when I have removed dead skin with this gylcolic acid.


Niacinamide 10% + Zinc PCA 1% –  This is one of my favourite serums for dealing with hyperpigmentation and which is always bought in sets of 3 as I go thru these in a month. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) works to suppress melanin from reaching the skin’s surface and can also protect the skin against the UV damage that stimulates freckles, brown spots and skin discoloration. It is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which means along with the zinc, it works very well to heal blemishes. Zinc is amazing for healing the skin, reducing excess oil production and clearing acne.  It works so well to create balance, increase clarity and improve tone and texture that I use everyday at night. I use this instead of The Ordinary’s Salicylic Acid as I do not have acne prone skin and this takes care of my periodic acne and acne spots that I have in my face. I can never stop using this product.

Lactic Acid 10% +HA 2% – This is incredibly gentle, soothing and hydrating overnight exfoliating acid and due to it’s slightly larger molecule size it is much gentler with almost no irritation. It’s a brilliant and cost effective alternative to Sunday Riley’s Good Genes (5% lactic acid), with many saying these products are much better, and not just because of the price. If you want baby soft skin with improved clarify then this magic potion is a must buy!

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution –  Punch in a bottle. This is intense definelty not for sensitive skin. It blends together glycolic, salicylic, lactic, tartaric and citric acids to create a vigorous exfoliating mask, which will brighten, unclog pores, soften and smooth the skin. It tingles my skin every time I apply, and I do this for not more than 10 mins once in every 2 weeks. This bottle will last me forever, but I use a liberal amount when I use. This has been compared to Drunk Elephant’s Babyfacial which I have never tried.


Caffeine Solution 5% +EGCG – I picked this up as they released because I’m a sucker for eye creams and constantly hunt for that ‘one cream’ that will remove my dark circles, yes in dreams! Well this has not been the ultimate but it did make my eye area look better and feel smoother.  Caffeine is a go-to ingredient for the under eye area because it can help to reduce dark circles and puffiness. But having green tea leaves – EGCG provides a big dose of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support and can help reduce fluid retention. I just use a tiny dot of product and pat around my eye area and 30 ml is a lot for eye cream, I have at times used it all over my face and it really makes my skin hydrated and supple – maybe because it contains hyaluronic acid and oxidized glutathione to brighten.

Serum Foundation – The serum foundation is certainly my kind of formula, being a watery consistency that goes a long way and covers the entire face in a single pump. The shade range is good and for $6 it is a good plain foundation without any skincare benefits that gives a super natural and buildable option. If skincare done right this is just cover my flaws kind of foundation. The full coverage foundation is also equally good but I prefer to go for a natural finish and so this is my personal preference. But foundation should be one of the top product from The Ordinary because both foundations are true to name and perform exactly what they claim.


Advanced Retinol 2% – I should say this was my very first product that made me go to The Ordinary line and try products. I had tried few retin (retinoid, retinols, vitamin A) based products over the years and this is without a doubt one of the best for many reasons. I have never used any prescription based retinoid so may be none of them had a n impact in my skin as this Retinol 2% has made. This is a highly sophisticated formulation that is easy to use and has a beautiful, light, milky consistency that feels cool and watery on the skin and absorbs perfectly, due to the fact that it’s a water based emulsion. I would recommend using it 2-3 times a week to start with and then more regularly as your skin adjusts.

As I mentioned before I have used almost all of the products that The Ordinary has released and I try to swap the products elsewhere only because it is readily available and much better priced – Few examples are The Buffet does not do much to my skin I prefer some more punch. For 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil  I use the one from Acure Marula Oil since it is easily available and does exactly the same as ordinary. Similarly I get Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid instead of the small bottle of Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 because I go thur it like water, and use as 3 step method I use the hyaluronic acid to sooth my skin. Also you might notice that I did not include any oils in my top list for the only reason that I find similar or even better quality oils easily and since I have been an oil freak I know that there is nothing exceptionally different in The Ordinary brand.

As I write this blog I have a new shipment with a bunch of new products and I have been really seeing a difference in 3 days, but all these and many more will come in my next round of review! Stay tuned 🙂 Before you leave let me know your favorite products from The Ordinary in the comments section!

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