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The Ordinary - Pocket Regimen Guide

A short and simple guide to building a skincare regimen with The Ordinary products.

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The Ordinary offers a wide range of clinical formulations to target various skin concerns. In an effort to help you stay informed and make educated purchases, we’ve developed a handy pocket guide to give you a simple snapshot of The Ordinary. When exploring The Ordinary we recommend visualizing it into 7 key pillars and understanding what each pillar targets, when it should be used in a regimen, and what it conflicts with (as seen above). To help contextualize the pillars, we’ve provided product examples below: 🧪 Antioxidants - EUK 134 0.1%, Pycnogenol 5%, Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% 🧫 Direct Acids - Azelaic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid & Salicylic Acid 💧 Hydrators & Oils - A range of oils with various benefits and textures, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Amino Acids + B5 and Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA 🧬 Peptides - “Buffet”, “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%, Matrixyl 10% + HA and Argireline Solution 10% 🌡 Retinoids - Granactive Retinoids & Retinols 🍊 Vitamin C - Ascorbic Acid & Vitamin C derivatives (Ethylated Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate & Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate) 📚More Molecules - Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG & Niacinamide in various formats. A few bits to note:⁣ ⁣ ✨ We suggest using no more than 3 serum formulations in a single regimen for optimal skin penetration.⁣ ⁣ 💧 Generally, we recommend applying water-based solutions first, followed by anhydrous or oil formulations, and finally cream/suspension formulas. ⁣Thinnest to thickest applies in most cases. ⁣ 💫 If you have more than one water-based serum you’d like to use, you can apply based on the priority of your concern (the product that targets the most important concern should go first). ⁣ ⁣ 💦 About 2-3 drops of each serum and 1 pea-sized amount of creams should be enough for the full face and neck.⁣ We hope this pocket guide will make your product selection journey simpler, and skincare regimen more effective. If you’re interested in learning more about our formulations or pricing please visit for more details. ❤

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