What To Buy From The Ordinary—Depending On Your Skin Concern

By Amorfia Team,

Skin care brand The Ordinary gained a massive digital following over the past few years because of its no-fuss, direct approach to beauty—and it’s inexpensive pricing (most products are around P549—yay!). In their bid to become more transparent, they also named their products after the hero ingredient that’s in them. While we admire that that they’re trying to be more honest with consumers, seeing so many scientific terms on the label can get confusing—especially if you’re a skin care newbie. To help you out, we’ve come up with this easy guide to make sure that you don’t miss out and find the best product for your specific skin concerns.


If you want brighter, younger-looking skin…


Try The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%, P699.


Hit two birds with one beauty product with this lightweight, moisturizing cream that contains vitamin C in the form of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate. This potent ingredient is an antioxidant that can help you get a more radiant complexion while helping the first signs of aging fade, too. You’ll love it because even though it’s tough on dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines, its formulation is still gentle and kind to your skin. Just apply a small amount of this cream formula to your face morning and evening, after your water-based serums.


If you want sun protection…


Try The Ordinary Suncare Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants, P699.


Going under the sun without protecting your skin is an absolute no-no, but most people avoid using it daily because it can lead to breakouts. Fortunately, The Ordinary formulated this sunscreen with skin-soothing ingredients like Tasmanian Pepperberry, ultra-refined zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide to avoid over-burdening your pores. Apply a teaspoon-sized amount over your face and neck 20 minutes before going under the sun to keep your skin protected from the harmful UV rays.


If you have dry skin…

Try The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil, P749.


Does your skin still feel dry and tight no matter how much moisturizer you apply? If you want to get your glow back or banish those itchy flakes on your face, try adding this cold-pressed virgin Marula oil to your routine. It’s actually has more antioxidants than Argan oil and it’s also rich in fatty acids and vitamins. Apply it after your moisturizer and/or sunscreen to lock moisture in and you’ll be surprised to see that your skin become smoother and softer practically overnight! Pro Tip: You can also use this oil on damp hair to help fight frizz and boost shine!


If you want to get rid of dark circles…


Try The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, P549.

This is one of the most buzzed-about products from The Ordinary because of its ability to save your undereye area. Independent studies have shown that topical use of caffeine and EGCG (think: green tea)—the two key ingredients in this miracle serum—can help reduce puffiness and dark circles. So whether your racoon eyes are due to long hours at work or binge-watching your favorite series, this serum can definitely help. To get the best results, always remember to use it consistently by applying a small amount onto the eye contour morning and evening


If you want to target acne…


Try The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution – 30ml, P599.


Have a pimple emergency? Keep this in your beauty arsenal to score clearer-looking skin ASAP. It’s spiked with 2% salicylic acid and witch hazel to help fight pimple-causing bacteria, unclog pores, and even balance oily skin. Use it sparingly though—just a small dot in the A.M. and P.M. to help clear unwanted zits or a tiny amount all over your face to help clear your skin. Since this product contains beta hydroxy acid (BHA), always make sure that you use sunscreen and to limit your sun exposure for best results.


Want to learn more about The Ordinary? Check out—and shop—more products from this cult skin care brand here.

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