7 of the Best The Ordinary Products for Summer
Ever since it debuted in 2017, The Ordinary has been selling out left and right thanks to its limited-ingredient skincare saviors at insanely affordable prices (we’re talking most under ten dollars). Because nearly all of its products have just one or two active ingredients, they’re easy to mix and match for a one-of-a-kind skincare regimen. But that also means there are lots of choices to make. How do you know which ones to use? Let us do the honors. These are the seven products we swear by for a clear, glowy complexion this summer.
1. The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
Salt, sand and sea might feel pretty damn good after winter, but they don’t do anything for our skin in the moisture department. That’s where this cleanser comes in. Thanks to plant-based squalane oil, it removes dirt, makeup and general grime without stripping skin of essential moisture.
2. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Another moisturizing hero, this best-selling serum features three molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to ensure it penetrates every layer of skin. HA is a humectant, meaning it draws water to skin to plump it with hydration. It can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water without being greasy or heavy, so it’s ideal for all skin types.
3. The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
If your complexion is looking dull or you have dark spots from one too many days in the sun (tsk, tsk), adding a skin-brightening vitamin C to your routine will help bring your glow back. This one is combined with hyaluronic acid to add even more hydration when you need it most.
4. The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
One skincare staple you’ve likely been using for as long as you’ve been cleansing is moisturizer. And this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s non-greasy, so it won’t clog your pores. Just remember to apply it after your serums (but before your oil!) for max effectiveness.
5. The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
If you like the idea of retinol, but not the sun sensitivity and dryness that often come along with it, opt for rose hip seed oil. It’s a natural form of vitamin A (aka the active ingredient in retinoids) and even Kate Middleton is a fan.
6. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Miss the afterglow of your monthly facial appointments? Apply this cult-favorite peeling solution once or twice a week for a deeper exfoliation. It will slough off dead skin to reveal newer, more youthful (read: radiant) cells underneath with zero downtime. Just be sure to patch-test before going full throttle in case it’s too intense for your skin type.
7. The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque
Whether you suffer from acneic skin or excess oil, apply this charcoal and clay-infused mask once or twice a week to detoxify skin and soak up any blemish-causing bacteria. It’s ideal for summer, because it helps mattify shine and clear pores.
Don’t Forget SPF
The Ordinary doesn’t make an SPF product—but it’s too important not to mention. So here are three from other brands we love. Just add it in as the last step of your skincare routine right before your makeup, and please, use it all year long.