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The Official Beauty Bliss Guide to: The Ordinary

Posted on Thursday, 2 May 2019 - By Raashka

You may have heard the buzz about The Ordinary: the effectiveness, the low cost, and the streamlined packaging that makes you feel as neat as a pin inside and out. Like most of us, however, you may have found yourself a little confused as to which products would be best for you.

That's why we're here, with this handy guide to help you figure out what The Ordinary is doing and why it does it so damn well. They have taken skincare to the next level and all it takes its a few spoonfuls of information for you to reap the benefits.

The Basics

The Ordinary has a straightforward approach to naming their products: they choose the main ingredient of each one and go with it. That's all, folks. Still, that can be pretty daunting when you're unsure as to what those actual ingredients are. At Beauty Bliss, we stock the cult favourites, so we’re here to help you understand what exactly you’re doing with all the new skincare you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with.


The Products


Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

  • What is it? A serum crafted for hydration, hydration and more hydration. This oil-free formula works to leave skin plump, dewy and fresh.
  • What does it do? As The Ordinary tells us, our skin sometimes has a bit of trouble absorbing Hyaluronic Acid in the ways it's usually mixed into skincare products. For this reason, this serum contains molecules of HA of varying weight, so as to better aid absorption and keep the skin hydrated. The added shot of B5 promotes added healing and moisturising of areas that may need extra attention, aiding in the growth of stronger tissue.






  • What is it? This serum is a multi-peptide, anti-ageing wonder. It’s packed with the works, hence the cheeky name, and will do everything a bottle of serum can do to help your skin glow like Aphrodite intended. It also happens to be vegan, gluten-, silicone-, alcohol- and nut-free.
  • What does it do? Everything a good buffet does: hits the spot, then keeps you coming back for more. It focuses on the varied signs of ageing and does away with them with its clever formulation and myriad of ingredients. More collagen is produced, more moisture is present, and your skin thrives.




100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil

  • What is it? As the name suggests, it’s a completely organic, cold-pressed Rosehip Seed Oil.
  • What does it do? What doesn’t it do? The benefits are endless, from being a straightforward moisturiser to bursting with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and derivatives of Vitamin A. This oil is created with the promise of rejuvenating and repairing skin, able to aid with brightening the complexion, softening the skin and combating acne.




Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

  • What is it? An emulsion that is here to slow down the signs of ageing, breathing youth back into skin and encouraging natural processes to maintain that.
  • What does it do? Its main goal is to act as an anti-ageing serum, helping skin cells to turnover quicker, as well as for them to grow healthier and stronger whilst remaining supple. As this sets in, it also slows the degeneration of collagen in the cells in an effort to preserve the skin’s elasticity. It should be used with caution when introducing it into your routine.




Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%

  • What is it? This serum is focused on uneven skin tones, texture and exfoliation. It’s pretty powerful, so needs to be used with a bit more care and consideration for your skin’s needs.
  • What does it do? It’s here to help you erase the after effects of sun damage, acne and skin troubles. Besides reducing pigmentation and prompting skin renewal, this serum helps you “peel away” the dead skin at the surface as gently as possible to reveal the smoother, younger-looking skin beneath.



Natural Moisturising Factors + HA

  • What is it? Dry skin has met its match. This is a moisturiser that embodies every sense of the word, crafted for those struggling with papery and rough skin (whether it’s seasonal or all throughout the year).
  • What does it do? This moisturiser not only nourishes and hydrates chronically dry skin, but hopes to train it adopting those traits through a combination of naturally-occurring ingredients that encourage healthy absorption and retention. It locks in moisture and can be used whenever you prefer.




Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

  • What is it? An elixir brewed for the sleep-deprived, reaching out to those haunted by dark circles and puffiness that come hand-in-hand with one another.
  • What does it do? It’s all about that delicate area under your eyes and brightening you up. Not only does this product want to actively help you to look more awake, it also wants you to feel that way. It work its gentle magic to reduce darkness under the eyes and reverse the effects of staying up way too late when you know you shouldn’t.




Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

  • What is it? An exfoliating solution that is made for unclogging pores and treating problem areas/concerns.
  • What does it do? Keeps you clean. Skin can grow clogged or full of grime and dirt that definitely doesn't need to be there. This solution is either an answer to problem areas, or an all-over application that helps your skin to breathe as it should. The BHA in this solution helps to gently "unglue" dull/dead skin so it can shed naturally from the surface.




Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%

  • What is it? A gentler version of the Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone (below). Made for lightening scars and reducing the appearance of blemishes, this cream is a softer solution to tackling skin issues.
  • What does it do? Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C. It acts as an antioxidant that helps with pigmentation and the signs of ageing whilst protecting you from harmful free radicals. The main ingredient is both light- and oxygen-stable, as well as not susceptible to degradation in water. This cream will gently aid with scarring, unevenness and the signs of ageing whilst remaining stable.




Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

  • What is it? A brightening antioxidant, concentrated on reducing uneven skin tone, particularly effective due to the complete absence of water. 
  • What does it do? Vitamin C is a much beloved ingredient when it comes to skincare. It's known for its brightening properties when applied to the surface, able to smooth away leftover scarring and hyperpigmentation in the long run. Studies have found it's only effective in concentrations higher than 30%; said concentration loses its impact in water, which is why this formula is completely water-free and remains stable in silicone. Silicone also has a particular smoothing effect on skin, leaving a light, velveteen sensation behind.




Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

  • What is it? A serum made for reducing the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion, completely oil-, alcohol- and silicone-free.
  • What does it do? This serum does its best work with redness, scarring and hyperpigmentation. It can be used in both the mornings and the evenings, and helps with maintaining correct oil levels on the sensitive skin of your face. Additionally, this serum can help with reducing the occurrence of breakouts themselves.




The Routine

So, you’re probably wondering how you begin to incorporate all of this into your current skincare, right?

You need to understand your own skins needs and concerns, then choose what will help you best. Where relevant, we’ve included whether the products are oil- or water-based, as this determines when and where you’ll add them into your routine. A simple flow of products should follow: cleansing, toning, water-based products, then oil-based products and/or creams.

Depending on your skin type and worries, be wary of mixing products that don’t agree with one another, and of the different times at which certain products should be used. You don’t have to use everything all at once (and certainly shouldn’t), because you never want to overwhelm your skin. Instead, take things step-by-step and introduce products that you feel will benefit you the most.

If you find yourself really unsure of what to do, feel free to contact us. We can figure out what you need together.

See you soon! Raashka.

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