Out of The Ordinary…. We tell you how to use products from The Ordinary

Last week we told you about Niod and The Ordinary but we were still baffled as to how to incorporate the products into our regime. So we went back to Victoria Health and asked its founder, Gill Sinclair, to give us some good practical advice as to how to use the products.  She sent us this very helpful guide below, which lists what each product contains plus a few suggested regimes, depending on your skin.

The Ordinary Regime Guide

The Ordinary products are designed to be used either as stand-alone or integrated into an existing skincare regime. The Ordinary, as its name suggests, is just that, ordinary.  We are using clinical formulations such as Matrixyl, and delivering them with integrity and honesty in terms of the pricing.  The Ordinary is an evolving range and we have much to do, so it will constantly be changing in terms of products and information but in general terms, water formulations should be applied before oil formulations and we recommend using a maximum of three serum formulations in a single regime.

The table below offers a summary on how our formulations can be combined into a regime:

Format Regimen Step Conflicts Time of Use
Buffet Water Solution Before Oils/Creams AM and PM
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil Oil After Water Solutions Any Time
Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion Before Oils/Creams PM Only
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Water Solution Before Oils/Creams AM and PM
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Water Solution Before Oils/Creams AM and PM
Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% Water Solution Before Oils/Creams Ideally PM
Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% Water Solution Before Oils/Creams Ideally PM
Matrixyl 10% + HA Water Solution Before Oils/Creams AM and PM
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Water Solution Before Oils/Creams Vitamin C AM and/or PM
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil Oil After Water Solutions Any Time
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% Suspension After Water Solutions Ideally PM
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% Suspension After Water Solutions Niacinamide Ideally PM
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Water Solution Before Oils/Creams AM and PM
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10% Emulsion After Water Solutions AM and PM
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F Oil Solution After Water Solutions AM and/or PM

 

Below are some examples of regimes:

For General Signs of Age:


Morning: Buffet, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Evening: Buffet, Advanced Retinoid 2%, 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

For Pigmentation:


Morning: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%;

Evening: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, Advanced Retinoid 2%

For Dehydration:


Morning: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%

Evening: Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Advanced Retinoid 2%; 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Note: If using CAIS from NIOD, it is important that CAIS is applied at least 30 seconds before the application of the following products from The Ordinary: Lactic Acid 5%/10% + HA 2%, Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%.

NIOD Guide 

NIOD launched in May 2015 with two core products:

Copper Amino Isolate Serum (CAIS) and

Multi-Molecular Hydration Complex (MMHC)

It is recommended that they are both used in any NIOD skincare regime.  Other specifically targeted products have now been launched which can used as stand-alones or incorporated into regimes.  There is no specific NIOD regime, but most NIOD followers use almost every product, which now includes four masques.

These products can be purchased at  www.victoriahealth.com.