The Ordinary is a failsafe brand for affordable skincare that does the work. Just like others I rely on (such as The Inkey List), The Ordinary provides skincare enthusiasts with sophisticated formulas featuring trending ingredients, but at prices they can actually manage. So when I heard there was not one, not two, but three new additions to the range, I had to give them a go.
I was not disappointed with what I found: not only is there a new cleanser and moisturiser, but also a treatment in the form of a blemish-soothing serum.
So which would I most recommend after trying them all? I’ve ranked them in order of my favourites, along with a a mini review for you to decide if they’re right for you.
First place: The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan, £12
With summer and a potential heatwave right around the corner (or so we keep being promised), this ultra-lightweight gel moisturiser could not have arrived at a better time. Ideal for anybody who seeks deep hydration but without heaviness or rich weight, it’s a warm weather-friendly lotion for on holiday or at-home use.
Ingredients-wise, the product uses skin lipids and ceramides to really enforce the skin’s natural moisture barrier, but in a featherlight way that is suitable for skin types on the oily side.
If you have combination-oily skin or want to switch to something lighter for summer, this unique gel-cream is a game-changer, IMO.
Second place: The Ordinary Aloe 2% + NAG 2% Solution, £12.90
This serum came just at the right time for me. I rarely suffer with my skin but after a few weeks of extra stress and a lack of sleep (thanks, situationship), I was breaking out like crazy on my chin and across my jawline. I needed something to soothe my existing spots, and prevent more from appearing.
The formula works by combining aloe with N-acetyl glucosamine (NAG – a biotechnology-derived ingredient) to target the appearance of uneven skin tone and thus, improve post-acne marks and scarring.
Third place: The Ordinary Glycolipid Cream Face Cleanser, £11.10
The Ordinary‘s cleanser range slaps; there, I said it. For affordable formulas, they’re all really effective and consistent, and as someone who believes you should never place your spend on a cleanser (you literally wash the product down the sink, after all), you can’t beat a face wash around a tenner.
This newest addition comes in a cream formula and uses cleansing agent, plant-derived glycolipid, to effectively remove makeup and clean, without stripping skin or damaging the delicate moisture barrier.
If you’re in the market for a gentle, no-frills cleanser, you can’t go wrong with this one. The only reason I’ve placed it in third is because my heart belongs to the brand’s Squalane formula instead, which will never be knocked off the top spot.
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