The Ordinary Skincare Review

The Ordinary Skincare: More Reviews (for Dummies)

If you missed my introduction to The Ordinary, I strongly encourage you to check it out. In that post, besides presenting this unique skincare brand, I review Buffet, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, and explain in simple terms (hopefully!) what these cryptic products are for.

Today I want to do the same with Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%, Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, Advanced Retinoid 2% (now called Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion) and Salicylic Acid 2% Solution.


Let’s go!

The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% & Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

Use to: fight premature skin aging and hyperpigmentation

Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and ascorbyl glucoside are both forms of vitamin C.

Vitamin C is an ingredient I think everyone should incorporate into their skincare regimen as it offers a wide array of benefits: it’s a potent antioxidant, which means it fights those pesky free radicals that cause skin aging; it’s been shown to boost collagen production (collagen is a protein that gives the skin strength and elasticity and that, sadly, declines with age); and last, but not least, it fights hyperpigmentation by controlling melanin production.

The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% is a light cream that you can apply after water-based serums, while Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% is a serum that you can mix with other serums (or use on its own, obviously). Personally, I prefer the versatility of the latter, but if you just want a light vitamin C moisturizer for the daytime you’ll probably prefer the former.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

Use to: fight blemishes and the marks and texture they leave behind

Since it’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-keratinizing (meaning it prevents a build-up of dead skin cells, which could clog pores and cause breakouts), azelaic acid is a nice little ingredient to turn to if you suffer from mild acne. Plus, it seems to also help fade the dark marks blemishes leave behind, which is just fabtastic, if you ask me.

I apply The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% every other night after Buffet.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

Use to: prevent blemishes

Salicylic acid is great at exfoliating deep inside the pores and keeping them unclogged. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution also contains witch hazel, which has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that contribute to fight blemishes.

I use this serum every other day in the morning after cleansing and normally follow it with Buffet + Niacinamide or Buffet + Ascorbyl Glucoside.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% (Now Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion)

Use to: prevent premature ageing, improve skin texture, fight blemishes, fade hyperpigmentation

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion combines two forms of next-generation retinoid, which, according to Deciem, “avoid the irritation associated with retinoid (including retinol) use while delivering better visible results against signs of aging”.

I use it every other evening after cleansing. Most of the time, I’ll wait about an hour for it to work its magic on its own and then apply Sunday Riley‘s Juno face oil to nourish the skin.

Like I’ve said quite a few times before, I think retinol (and other retinoids) is the single ingredient that has had the most visible results on my skin and I can’t recommend it highly enough.


So… I’ll repeat what I said in my previous post: with its exceptionally high level of actives and incredibly low price tag, to me The Ordinary is like a dream come true.

Expect more reviews in the upcoming months…

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  • Reply
    Linda Libra Loca
    October 25, 2017 at 9:08 am

    The good thing of not having tried anything from The Ordinary yet is that I can just go and use your blogposts as a shopping list…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    Shireen L. Platt
    October 26, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I plan to place an order soon as I am about to run out of my Advanced Retinoid which now has a different name. I might repurchase Niacinamide and a couple more stuff to try.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Reply
      Carol in a
      October 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Advanced Retinoid is so nice and gentle, isn’t it?

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    caterina sosso
    October 31, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Io ho iniziato ad usare l’acido salicilico ieri sera e ora vediamo se aiuta 🙂 la mia fronte nelle ultime settimane è stata terreno fertile per i brufoli :(((

    Caterina |

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    November 2, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I haven’t tried anything by the Ordinary yet, but I’m planning to order a few things when I run out of my current serums. I think I’ll get the retinol, vitamin C and azelaic acid (supposed to be very good for rosacea and redness issues in general).

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    November 4, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    They’re opening a store here and I’m so stoked to try and play with their products more! I definitely want to try the retenoid one now!

  • Reply
    November 4, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I definitely need some Vitamin C for the anti aging properties! I hate the Ordinary foundations (I have both the coverage and the serum ones). I also have their caffeine skincare product for dark circles (I forgot what it was called) but it seems to work well!


  • Reply
    March 29, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    I agree Azelaic Acid is where it’s at for acne but I found the The Ordinary’s suspension not so pleasant to use.
    Hascoderm’s Lipogel has the best texture on application by far of all the brands I’ve tried.

    Elise l Aurum

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