Skincare

The Ordinary Cheat Sheet: How to Select the Best Product for Your Skin Type (Part 3 – Hydrators, Oils + Molecules)

(Part 3)

The Ordinary is a brand that is synonymous with affordable beauty. They have an extensive range of serums, facial oils and SPF/ serum-based foundation. Talk about innovative skincare. Best of all, all their products cost less than $18! If you are new to the brand or keen to try out new products here is a their products’ cheat sheet.

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Hydrators + Oils

1. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (30ml)

What is it: A water-based Vegan Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin B5.

Great for: Hydration

Time to use: Day/ Night Routine. Use as a serum and before oils/ creams.

Note: This product is perfect for dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) can attract up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This product has 3 types of HA molecule sizes. The product tends to ball up and can leave a sticky feeling. To avoid this, best to pat on serum/cream after.

Ratings*: 8.4/ 10 ⭐️ (86 reviews)

Read: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Review on Sensitive/ Eczema-Prone Skin


2. Marine Hyaluronics (30ml)

What is it: A water-based light-weight Hyaluronic with skin-friendly marine bacteria which helps support amino acid.

Great for: Hydration

Time to use: Day/ Night Routine. Use as a serum and before oils/ creams.

Note: This product is perfect for dehydrated skin. Holds water like Hyaluronic Acid (HA). This consistency is more light-weight vs. the more viscous Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. 

Ratings*: No reviews yet as it has just been launched ⭐️ (0 reviews)


3. Plant Hyaluronics (coming soon)

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4. Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (100ml)

What is it: A non-greasy hydrating moisturiser which consists of 11 amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, and hyaluronic acid.

Great for: Skin barrier protection, hydration

Time to use: Day/ Night Routine. Use as a moisturiser.

Note: Some users have reported contraindication. As with adding any new product to your skincare regime, it is advised do a patch test prior to usage. In the event of an adverse reaction, be sure to keep a copy of your receipt as DECIEM has a 365-day return policy.

Ratings*: 9/ 10 ⭐️ (72 reviews)


5. 100% Plant-Derived Squalane (30ml)

What is it: A lightweight, versatile, plant derived hydrating solution. It is also a great emollient that prevents ongoing loss of hydration that damages skin suppleness. Squalane is non-comedogenic (won’t block pores) and is suited for all skin types. It can also be applied on hair for heat protection, tame frizz, and to add shine.

Great for: Hair + Skin Hydration

Time to use: Day/ Night Routine. Use after water-based serums and before creams.

Note: This product is perfect for dehydrated skin. Conventionally squalane derives from sharks. With technology, squalane now comes from either olive or sugar cane. Despite being ‘oil-free’ squalane does have an oil consistency.

Ratings*: 9.2/ 10 ⭐️ (63 reviews)


6. 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil (30ml)

What is it: A cold-compressed oil that is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and Vitamin A. Basically nature’s version of Retinoid/ Retinol.

Great for: Cell turnover, reduces photo-aging/ signs of ageing, depigmentation, even out skin tone, wrinkles/ fine lines, reducing scars.

Time to use: Night Routine. Use after water-based serums and before creams.

Note: This product is perfect for dry/ ageing skin. Some users have reported contraindication. As with adding any new product to your skincare regime, it is advised do a patch test prior to usage. In the event of an adverse reaction, be sure to keep a copy of your receipt as DECIEM has a 365-day return policy.

Ratings*: 9.1/ 10 ⭐️ (45 reviews)


7. 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil (30ml)

What is it: A cold-compressed oil that is rich in fatty acids (oleic acid and linoleic acid), vitamins, phenols (including caffeic acid) and carotenes. Helps reduce the appearance of flakey skin, adds shine and strengthens hair.

Great for: Hair + Skin

Time to use: Night Routine. Use after water-based serums and before creams.

Note: Product may contain nuts and seeds. Please refrain from using product if you have any form of nut allergy. Some users have reported being put off by the smell. Please bear in mind that the product is unrefined and does not contain fragrance.

Ratings*: 6.8/ 10 ⭐️ (17 reviews)


8. 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil (30ml)

What is it: A cold-compressed “luxury” oil that is rich in oleic acid, linoleic acid, contains procyanidin, catechins and flavanoids. Rich in anti-oxidants, marula oil helps restore skin radiance.

Great for: Hair + Skin

Time to use: Night Routine. Use after water-based serums and before creams.

Note: Suitable for dry/ aging/ sensitive skin.

Ratings*: 9.5/ 10 ⭐️ (22 reviews)


More Molecules

1. Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (30ml)

What is it: A water-based high-strength Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Zinc serum that helps reduce blemishes, congestion, and balancing out oily skin (sebum production).

Great for: Mild to moderate acne, enlarged pores, oily skin, brightens skin tone, and texture, redness

Time to use: Day/ Night Routine. Use as a serum and before oils/ creams. If Vitamin C serum is used in the PM, then this should be used in the AM (use at alternate times).

Tip: It is always advisable to use sunscreen on a daily basis, even in winter as snow reflects 80% UV light while sand only reflects 10-25%.

Note: Should never be used with Vitamin C serum. Niacinamide may not be used for persistent acne. Some users have reported a purging period. As with adding any new product to your skincare regime, it is advised do a patch test prior to usage. In the event of an adverse reaction, be sure to keep a copy of your receipt as DECIEM has a 365-day return policy.

Ratings*: 8.3/ 10 ⭐️ (232 reviews)


2. “Buffet” (30ml)

What is it: A water-based Multi-Technology Peptide Serum with peptides, probiotic complex, in a base of 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes.

Great for: Targeting signs of ageing/ dehydrated skin

Time to use: Day/ Night Routine. Use as a serum and before oils/ creams.

Note: Some users have reported a purging period. As with adding any new product to your skincare regime, it is advised do a patch test prior to usage. In the event of an adverse reaction, be sure to keep a copy of your receipt as DECIEM has a 365-day return policy.

Ratings*: 7.8/ 10 ⭐️ (69 reviews)


2. Matrixyl 10% + HA (30ml)

What is it: A water-based high strength peptide formulation.

Great for: Long-lasting results, reducing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles  (target and stimulate collagen synthesis and to repair damage).

Time to use: Day/ Night Routine. Use as a serum and before oils/ creams.

Note: The serum has a thicker “jelly” consistency as opposed to watery serums.

Ratings*: 9.9/ 10 ⭐️ (18 reviews)


3. Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA (30ml) 

What is it: A water and oil-based formulation with Hyaluronic Acid that helps reduce the appearance spots and hyper pigmentation.

Great for: De-pigmentation, hydration

Time to use: Day/ Night Routine. Use as a serum and before oils/ creams.

Tip: It is always advisable to use sunscreen on a daily basis, when using this product as it may cause photo-sensitivity (from the sun).

Note: Some users have reported seeing little to no significant difference. However, as with any skincare products, results take time.

Ratings*: 8/ 10 ⭐️ (54 reviews)


4. Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (30ml) 

What is it: A lightweight, water-based formulation with caffeine and EGCG from green tea that helps with eye contour pigmentation and puffiness.

Great for: Puffy eyes, dark circles

Time to use: Day/ Night Routine. Use as a serum and before oils/ creams. Use small amount around eye contour.

Tip: It is always advisable to use sunscreen on a daily basis, when using this product as it may cause photo-sensitivity (from the sun).

Note: This product is not able to target eye shadows (caused by bone structure) which is often mistaken for dark circles. Fat deposit under the eye area can create permanent puffiness and cannot be address with any topical products, including this serum. Some users have reported having a contraindication from this product. As with any new product, please do a test patch prior to usage.

Ratings*: 8.4/ 10 ⭐️ (73 reviews)


5. Argireline Solution (30ml) 

What is it: A lightweight, water-based formulation with argireline peptides which helps targets dynamic folds (deep wrinkles) around the forehead and eye area.

Great for: Fine lines/ wrinkles

Time to use: Day/ Night Routine. Use as a serum and before oils/ creams. Use around eyes and forehead.

Note: For a stronger alternative, DECIEM suggests using their Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age serum. Some users have reported contraindication with this product. As with adding any new product to your skincare regime, it is advised do a patch test prior to usage. In the event of an adverse reaction, be sure to keep a copy of your receipt as DECIEM has a 365-day return policy.

Ratings*: 7.6/ 10 ⭐️ (25 reviews)

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