I've been asked a few times what my The Ordinary skincare routine is. And well it's complicated as you'll see from below. Probably a bit to complicated for most but I like having a bit of a crazy routine.. My main concerns are treating and delaying the first signs of aging and pigmentation. I have sensitive combination skin with the dry areas getting especially dry if not managed.
Not all of the products I use are from The Ordinary but I'll list them anyway. Because The Ordinary have so many strong active products you need to be careful with how you use them, what products you use with them and when you use them. So I use a lot of them on alternate days as you'll see below.
So without further ado here we go!
Am - Vitamin C routine
Cleanse: I use the squalane cleanser to remove my overnight mask.
Treat: Marine Hyaluronics all over the face (This is slightly lighter hyaluronic serum and soaks in super quickly) for hydration. Alpha Arbutin on the cheeks for pigmentation. Azelaic Acid on the chin and nose to help with redness. Then I'll potter off to do something like get dressed to give them time to soak in.
Antioxidant: Ethylated Ascorbic Acid - A strong Vit C product but doesn't cause some of the irritation that other strong Vit C products do. It takes a few minutes to soak in so I spend a bit of time massaging my face with my jade roller.
Protect: SPF moisteriser. I haven't tried The Ordinary SPF yet as I have a lot of different spf moisterisers that I'm working through. I had one I used to love but unfortunately it's not cruelty free so I had to give it up.
If I'm applying makeup I'll wait as long as possible before applying so the products have soaked in as much possible.
Vitamin C Routine
PM - Acid Exfoliation
Monday is for masking! So I'll use the AHA 30% & BHA 2% Peeling solution. An amazing acid peel mask it is very strong and you need to be very careful with it. I have a video about how to use it here and a detailed post here
Cleanse: I use the Squalane cleanser to remove my make up with my cleanse off mit. Then I'll do another cleanse using the squalane again or another hydrating gentle cleanser with my clairisonic. This is my usually pm cleansing routine, I switch up the second cleanser with NIOD sanskirt Sanponis every few days.
Apply the mask for 10 minutes
Tone: To bring the skin's pH back up I've been using Versed Hydrating coconut cleansing milk followed by a spray of Holos pre and probiotic spray. Then Cosrx snail mucin essence
Treat: As the mask is so strong I want to only using hydrating and nourishing products and not over the load the skin. I use the marine hyaluronics followed by a thick application of The Ordinarys 100% cold pressed Virgin Marula Oil. This super hydrating and full of antioxidants. I don't use it on the eye area and use caffeine ecg. I am looking for a new eye cream (the never ending quest!) for the am and pm. One I have my eye on is Deciems (The Ordinarys parent company) other brand Hylamide. Been hearing great reports about their SubQ eyes
AM: Peptide Routine
Cleanse: I use the Versed Hydrating coconut cleansing milk for a quick refresh of the skin.
Tone: Same as yesterday.
Treat: Buffet + Copper Peptides (I love this product!) all over. Marine Hyaluronics all over. They both are very thin watery like serums so they soak into the skin quickly. Followed by Niacinamide all over (including neck and chest) Then I target treat areas. Argireline on areas to prevent dynamic wrinkles (so my forehead, around my eyes, mouth). Alpha Arbutin on my cheeks for pigmentation and azelaic acid on my nose and chin to treat redness and congestion.
Eyes are the same.
Antioxidant: Bybi Beauty blueberry oil - oh I love it!
SPF: Whatever I'm using.
PM: Retinol Routine
Cleanse: Normal double cleanse but I'll use the NIOD sanskrit Sanponis which I'll leave on for a few minutes as a mini mask. This helps to remove excess sebum.
Tone: the usual routine.
Treat: I'll apply a thin layer of retinol (at the moment I'm alterating between The Ordinary 5% Retinol and Drunk Elephant's A-Passioni Retinol) and wait for it soak in for 30 minutes before applying any other products. Followed by Argrirline, Alpha Arbutin and Niacinamide as the morning.
Eyes: The Inkey List Retinol eye cream
Moisterise: either The Inkeys Hemp or Tumeric moisteriser as I'm trying to finish them.
AM - The same Vit c routine as Monday AM
PM - Peptide routine (Same as Tuesday AM and I use a derma roller )
Cleanse: Normal double cleanse
Tone: Same as always
Treat: Before applying my serums I'll use my dermaroller which helps the products absorb better into my skin.
Buffet + Copper Peptides all over. Marine Hyaluronics all over. Followed by Niacinamide all over (including neck and chest) Target treat areas. Argirline on areas to prevent dynamic wrinkles . Alpha Arbutin on my cheeks for pigmentation and azelaic acid on my nose and chin to treat redness and congestion.
Moisterise: either The Inkeys Hemp or Tumeric moisteriser
AM: Peptide routine
Same morning routine as Tuesday
PM: Retinol routine
Cleanse: Double Cleanse as usual
Tone: To change things up I'll use the Glycolic Toner after cleansing then a swipe of the Versed Hydrating coconut cleansing milk to rebalance the pH, a spray of Holos pre and probiotic spray, to make sure my skin's pH is brought back to nearly neutral.
- The skin's natural pH is slightly acidic, when you use glycolic acid you make the skin's pH 3 and it needs to be brought up to 6 for optimum absorption of products.
Treat: The skin's pH is important for the optimimum absorbtion of retinol which I apply next Again I'll wait at least 30 minutes till I apply the next products. Marine Hyaluronics all over, Agrirline on the dynamic wrinkle areas, alpha arbutin on the cheeks. Then Niacinamide all over.
Moisturise: either The Inkeys Hemp or Tumeric moisteriser
AM: Vitamin C routine as before.
PM: LED Light Treatment and antioxidants
Cleanse: Double cleanse as normal but using the NIOD cleanser for the second cleanse.
Treat: Using QuaserMd Pure Rayz I take about half an hour to treat my skin. The 4 different wavelengths of LED light stimulates collagen and elastin productions. I use this at least once a week sometimes twice as a top up treatment. I originally used it for 4/5 times a week for 6 weeks. It's best used on just cleansed skin.
Tone: Normal routine.
Treat: Once a week I use the antioxidant Alpha Lipoic. A full breakdown of this amazing product is here. It takes awhile to soak in so I'll spend a bit of time massaging my skin and then that’s it. A simple night routine for once.
- For some unknown reason The Ordinary have discontinued this product and sold out everywhere. The talk is that they will be release a diferent version.
AM: Peptide routine as before
PM: Retinol routine as before.
Depending on my skin's needs I'll do a mask on the Saturday or Sunday. I'll also use the Glycolic Acid Toner
AM: Vit C routine
- usually I'm very lazy on Sundays but will always put on my spf.
PM: Peptide routine
- Sometimes treat myself and do a at home facial. I'll also use my derma roller and an overnight mask
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#sundayfacial! I treated myself to an at home facial and I’ve gone through the steps for you to do it yourself up on my stories. Any question let me know. Even when the spas and salons do reopen I think it’s still going to be longer before we can have hands on treatments likes facials 🙁
So there we go. Yes it's a bit complicated but it's mainly just alternating the vit c, peptide and retinol routines. Because the routine has a lot of actives I need to be careful with what is used together and in what order.
Do I follow this routine all time? No, but my skin always looks much better when I do. Plus I know I'm helping to delay the signs of aging on my skin. If you have any questions on how to put together a routine for The Ordinary for your skins needs. Drop me a comment below or send me an email.
ps some links may be affliates but the post is not affliate driven x