How To Build A Skincare Routine With The Ordinary Guide

The ordinary is a trend brand with many different products. It can be a bit confusing so today let’s take a look on how to build a skincare routine with the ordinary.

What To Have In Mind Before Getting Started

For the sake of your skin and your wallet, don’t skip this part. The brand’s products are not like makeup, which we can test to see if we approve or not. 

They need to be tailored to your needs to deliver a positive result. So, beforehand, follow these tips:

  • Know your skin condition or Consult your dermatologist to see the real needs of your skin;
  • Do your research or ask your doctor for a list of necessary components for your skin condition and which ones can be combined;
  • Check the product options offered by the brand, as well as the percentage of each ingredient in the product’s formulation;
  • Once you have a list, identify which ones will cause conflict together and pick the ones that can be combined together.
  • Most of the range consists of serums, oils and more recently foundations and primers. They even have a guide for choosing the right foundation color for your skin.
  • The Ordinary website has detailed information about the function and uses of each product. Download this PDF with a description of each product, their function and how to use them.

What to do Before Starting Your Routine

We have already talked about a few steps you should take before getting started with the ordinary skincare routine.

But there are still some things that you should have in mind, especially if opt not to look for dermatologist before hand.

Firstly, you need to know your skin type and what are the concerns you want to treat in order to jump to the various specific products.

If you are not sure about your skin type or just want a simple and minimalist the ordinary skincare routine that you can safely use on a daily basis, you can check this The Ordinary skincare guide for beginners.

In  this guide you can find the foundations of the ordinary skincare that is ideal for every skin type, which is super easy to follow through.

Apart from that, have in mind the some The Ordinary products should not be used together in the same routine, so it is important to double check which products you are going to combine carefully to avoid conflicts.

Also, to be on the safe side, it is always good to do patch tests on more sensitive products, to find out if you can safely add them to your routine.

What Do I Need To Get Started?

First you need to know the basic routine which consists of the products that are suitable for all skin types.

The Basic Routine  

To get started, buy the basic products. Get the Squalane Facial Cleanser,  Eye Serum,  Facial Moisturizer and Sunscreen SPF.

These products are the base products and are designed for all skins. If you want, you can add a serum before the facial moisturizer, but for this you need to pick a serum for a particular concern you want to treat.

  • Squalane Facial Cleanser
  • Eye Serum
  • Facial Serum (optional)
  • Facial Moisturizer 
  • Sunscreen SPF

I have a full article in which I’m sharing with you the first steps of the ordinary skincare routine for beginners.

How To Use The Ordinary Products?

First of all, when you know what you want to treat and have in mind what are the ingredients that could work well in your skin care, check the ordinary website and look for products that can conflict when you mix them together.

After that, you will be able to study each product that is conflicting and choose which one is the best for your desired results. 

At the same time, you need to pay attention because some products that are “allowed” together may not work well on your skin, so you will need to do patch tests to identify how each product reacts for your personal skin.

For this, start slowly using each product gradually and individually so you can observe and check what is working or not.

Also, the ordinary advice that you should nor combine or use more than two serums at the same time.

In the end of this article I talk a little more about product conflicts, so you can have some more guidance on that.

The Ordinary Specific Treatments

You should know your skin type and if there is any issue that you want to target, this way you can look for specific products for further treatment.

For example, if you want to treat oiliness, you can opt to use the Niacinamide serum before moisturizer, as it will help you with sebum control.

If your skin is dry, then you can opt to use the Hyaluronic acid serum which is great to add moisture to your skin.

Suggested Reading: Can I Use Hyaluronic Acid And Niacinamide together?

I have a full article in which I’m sharing with you some example routines from The ordinary skincare, based on certain concerns.

How To Use The Ordinary Products

Normally you start with the more liquid products and finish with the thicker ones.

For example, after washing your face, you can exfoliate your skin and add a serum.

Some people will stop here, but you can also apply the moisturizer after that. 

However if you want a more robust treatment, you need to learn how to layer the ordinary skincare products.

How To Layer the ordinary products

  1. Use  The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, after the Squalane cleanser and before the other products
  2. Water Water Solutions
  3. emulsion formulation (apply after water solutions and before oil-based products)
  4.  Oil-based Products 
  5. Moisturizers and creams

Therms You’ll Find While Sopping The ORDINARY 


Antioxidants are an important agent to treat signs of aging, loss of collagen, while protecting your skin from free radicals, pollution. In addition, antioxidants also stimulate skin collagen. 

The ordinary contains many antioxidant products, including serums that you can easily add to your routine.

If you are interested in anti-aging protective skin care that boosts collagen, look for for product that offers antioxidant support.

Direct Acids

Direct acids can help by minimizing dark spots, control the oleosity, treat wrinkles and prevent early signs of age. 

Oils & Hydrators

Oils and hydrators are great options to leave you nourished and hydrated. 

By using them, your skin can get softer and luminous. Maintaining your skin hydrated is important to protect your skin from free radicals and prevent early signs of age.

In addition, the skin will get elasticity and prevent loss of collagen.


You can use peptides to reinforce the natural skin proteins such as collagen and elastin, resulting in firmer skin.

They will also be your friend’s dark spot reduction as well as minimizing fine lines and improving the skin texture.


Retinol is one of the most powerful anti-age treatments. Derivatives of vitamin A penetrate on the skin on a deeper level, improving skin cell regeneration.

As a result, it improves skin texture, reduces fine lines leaving it more youthful and radiant. 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C prevents early signs of age, stimulates collagen production, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, fades or minimizes dark spots and even skin tone.

In addition vitamin C has an antioxidant effect that protects the skin from sun damage.

The Ordinary Skincare conflicts

As I mentioned before, you need to pay attention while putting your routine together, because not all products can be used together.

This is because when used together, some products can cancel each other out, or cause skin irritations.

When you shop for a particular product online, you should be able to find recommendations on what products you should avoid mixing.

Additionally, decien’s chat room which is an official site from The Ordinary has a comprehensive list of all product conflicts

You should always keep an eye on their website and check for updates and complete list of conflicts.

Here you have a few examples of products you should avoid using together:

  • Vitamin C derivatives with Niacinamide
  • Vitamin C, Retinoids & Direct Acids in the same routine
  • The Ordinary Acids together
  • The Ordinary Buffet with Acids & Vitamin C
  • Direct Acids & Peptides
  • Copper Peptides & Antioxidants, Direct Acids & Peptides
  • The Ordinary Niacinamide & Pure Vitamin C