Demystifying The Ordinary Skincare
If you’re new to skincare, or are just starting to build a routine, it can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve compiled this simple guide for you to get started.
First, it’s important to cleanse your skin properly. This will ensure that your skin is ready for the next step.
What is EUK 134?
EUK 134 is a water-free, high potency antioxidant that helps defend your skin round-the-clock. A rare and overlooked skincare superhero, it works on defending your skin from harmful free radicals that cause damage.
EUK-134 is a synthetic superoxide dismutase and catalase mimetic that prevents oxidative stress, attenuates kainate-induced neuropathology, and inhibits nitric oxide (NO)-mediated oxidative injury in rat brain tissue. It also suppresses oxidative stress and nitrosative stress in renal ischemia-reperfusion injury and hepatocellular dysfunction.
EUK-134 is also effective at preventing radiation injury to normal tissues and reducing inflammation-induced oxidative stress in mice. It has also been used in a number of clinical trials, including the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, ischemia reperfusion induced renal fibrosis, and ischemic pulmonary hypertension.
What is Buffet + Copper?
Buffet + Copper is a multi-technology peptide serum that targets multiple signs of ageing at once. Adding a 1% concentration of copper peptides to The Ordinary’s beloved ‘Buffet’ formula, this multi-tasking serum is the versatile antidote to stressed out, neglected complexions.
It improves textural damage, wards off blemishes and evens out tone. A complex of age-reversing peptides, a probiotic complex and 11 skin-friendly amino acids are all solubilised in a base of plumping Hyaluronic Acid to leave skin looking youthful, radiant and glowing.
This is an affordable face serum and works well at combating early signs of aging. Its ingredients list is rife with complex compounds, so a patch test is essential to avoid any potential reactions. The most important thing to remember is that you should always read the label and ingredients before you apply any new skincare product to your skin.
How to Layer The Ordinary Serums
Whether you’re using The Ordinary to tackle a specific skin concern or just want to incorporate its products into your existing routine, it’s important to know how to layer their serums and moisturizers correctly. Applying products in the wrong order can lead to overstimulated and sensitised skin – not a good way to achieve results!
Serums are a vital step in any skincare routine because they offer multiple benefits, from brightening skin tone to firming and hydrating. They’re also fast-absorbing and work well to address competing skin concerns by combining different ingredients.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, salicylic acid is a must-have in your skincare arsenal. It works to exfoliate the skin’s surface and break down sebum (oil) and dirt for improved clarity, smaller pores, and a fresher complexion.
For dry skin, niacinamide can help to restore balance and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Squalane and hemi-squalane are also effective, non-comedogenic emollients that can help to reduce the look of blemishes and improve the skin’s texture.
How to Layer The Ordinary Moisturizers
Having a great skincare routine can be tricky because you need to know how to layer your products correctly. Luckily, The Ordinary has some well-formulated and affordable products that are perfect for beginners and pros alike.
When deciding on a moisturizer, choose one that has a high water content with humectant ingredients. These hydration boosters can include glycerin, sorbitol, propanediol, urea, and hyaluronic acid.
A hefty dose of hydration can feel too heavy for some skin types, so you should also consider other ingredients such as emollients and non-comedogenic oils.
If your skin is super sensitive, you may want to opt for a fragrance-free product. The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA is an effective and lightweight moisturizer that delivers a dose of hydration without being too oily or greasy.
To get the most out of your products, start with the lightest serums and then add heavier creams and oils. Then, add sunscreen as the last step in your routine.