7 of the Best The Ordinary Products for 2021

The Ordinary Skincare Range (the top selling products) are now available at Glamore Cosmetics – this affordable skincare range is incredibly well known and some of the products were voted Best Glamour Awards in 2020. This post is to introduce you to the 7 new products – with an explanation of what they do and why you need to use them.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) exfoliate the skin’s topmost layer for a brighter, more even appearance, while beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) exfoliate the skin more deeply to clear pore congestion. Combined in one unique solution, these advanced acids offer extraordinary exfoliation to help battle blemishes and boost radiance.

The Ordinary Peeling Solution
The Ordinary Peeling Solution
TargetsDullness, skin blemishes, Uneven texture
FormulationWater based
Function/ step in skincare routineAs a mask – rinse off after use
ConflictsDo not combine with other strong acids
How often to use?1 – 2 times a week at night (leave on for 10 minutes)
A closer look at the Ordinary Peeling solution

Ingredients

Glycolic Acid, Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Daucus Carota Sativa Extract, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan gum, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. 

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The Ordinary Niacinamide (10%) and Zinc (1%) Solution

A dream come true for oily skin, this potent serum targets breakouts, minimizes pores and decongests complexions by regulating sebum production. Featuring high concentrations of two of the most efficient blemish-battling ingredients out there (niacinamide and zinc), this swiftly soothes skin and improves its overall health.

Niacinamide and Zinc Solution

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

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The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid (2%) and B5

Offering the heroic hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid – which you can read more about here – this oil-free treatment penetrates deeply into the skin’s layers to deliver intense, long-lasting moisture that swiftly smooths and perfectly plumps. Enhanced with a boost of vitamin B5 to increase efficacy, this lightweight serum will leave skin softened and strengthened. 

Hyaluronic Acid and Zinc
TargetsHydration, skin repair, aging
FormulationWater based serum
Function/ Step in Skincare routineBefore applying a cream
ConfictsNone
When to use?In the morning and the night
A closer look at the functions of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + Zinc

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

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The Ordinary Caffeine Solution

Eye-deal for waking up sleep-deprived eyes, this light weight serum features an extremely high concentration of caffeine (5%) and EGCG (a potent polyphenol found in green tea) to provide a powerful blend of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to the delicate eye area. Studies have shown that topical use of both ingredients can reduce puffiness and dark circles, delivering results that must be seen to be believed. 

Caffeine Solution
TargetsPuffiness/ dark under eye circles
FormulationWater based serum
Function/ Step in skincare routineApply before using creams
ConflictsNone
When to use?In the morning and the night
A closer look at the functions of The Caffeine Solution

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Caffeine, Propanediol, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Hyaluronic Acid, Oxidized Glutathione, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Xanthan gum, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Propyl Gallate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Benzyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

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The Ordinary Glycolic Acid (7%) Toning Solution

Featuring glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin) this toning solution offers mild exfoliation to boost radiance and visibly restore clarity. Enhanced with a Tasmanian pepperberry derivative to help reduce the irritation/ inflammation associated with acid use – it also contains ginseng and aloe vera to soothe which is ideal to gently refine the texture of your skin.

Glycolic Acid Toning Solution
TargetsDullness/ Uneven tone/ Uneven texture
FormulationWater based
Function/ step in skincare routineAfter cleansing, before using a serum
ConflictsDo not combine with other acids
When to use?At night
A closer look at the Glycolic Toning Solution

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Rosa damascena flower water, Centaurea cyanus flower water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Aminomethyl Propanol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Aspartic Acid, Alanine, Glycine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glutamic Acid, Arginine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Hexyl Nicotinate, Dextrin, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Gellan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

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The Ordinary Vitamin C (23%)+ HA Spheres (2%)

Tackling uneven skin tone and visible signs of ageing, this gentle serum delivers a concentrated blend of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to smooth, brighten and plump even the most dull complexions. Offering extraordinary benefits – at an unusually low price – this is a must-have in any serious skin care collection.

Vitamin C + HA Spheres
TargetsUneven skin tone/ aging
FormulationSuspension/ cream
Function/ step in skincare routineAfter water based serums
ConflictsNiacinamide
When to use?At night
A closer look at the Ordinary Vitamin C + HA Spheres solution

Ingredients

Ascorbic Acid, Squalane, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Coconut Alkanes, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucomannan, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trihydroxystearin, BHT

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The Ordinary Retinol (1%) in Squalene

This stable, water-free, high strength age-defying solution features 1% pure retinol. This special form of vitamin A has been proven to minimize fine lines, and improve pigmentation problems. It also revitalizes skin and makes it overall appearance fresher and more youthful. As retinol can cause irritation, The Ordinary recommends beginning your regimen with lower concentrations to allow skin to build up tolerance. 

Retinol (1%) in Squalene
TargetsAging/ uneven skin texture
FormulationAnhydrous solution
Function/ step in skincare routineBefore cream application
ConflictsDo not use with other retinoid products
When to use?At night
A closer look at The Ordinary Retinol (1%) in Squalene

Ingredients

Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, BHT

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Gael Baines

Gael Baines

Gael Baines

I have a PhD in Medical Biochemistry from UCT and has specialized in research fields such as Breast Cancer, Tuberculosis and HIV. I have interacted with the Cosmetics & Fragrance Council of SA which assists with the importing of safe cosmetics into SA.

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