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8 Heroes From The Ordinary Worth The Beauty Buzz

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Having fervently solidified their crown as the OG’s in purse-friendly, scientifically backed, hardworking formulas that deliver seriously promising results, The Ordinary has continued to be a staple in many {skin care} fanatic's roster of products. But, with such a robust range sometimes it can feel overwhelming to know what is worth skin-vesting in. So, we’ve picked out the top eight The Ordinary {moisturisers}, {serums}, and of course {actives}, worthy of our customers’ five-star reviews... 


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Let’s start with the first step in your skin care routine {cleanser}. This cult-classic not only gently removes dirt, grime and {make up} but its star ingredient {squalane} is the answer to maintaining moisture and boosting skin suppleness. Initially starting with a balm-like texture, this cleanser morphs into an oil allowing the emulsifying esters in the formula to grab onto dissolved make up and grime and be rinsed away. Soap-free, this non-irritating formula respects your complexion’s natural epidermal lipids, making it suitable for all skin types – even sensitive ones. 

This famed blood-red treatment seen all over your FYPs and Instareels is as iconic to The Ordinary as it gets. Uniting {AHAs} and {BHAs} for deep {exfoliation}, this little bottle delivers serious blemish-fighting, radiance-boosting results. The AHAs in the formula exfoliate the top layer of the skin to improve texture, while the BHAs exfoliates more intensely into the skin layers, clearing congested pores. Don’t fear this active though, infused with Tasmanian pepperberry to help with inflammation, vitamin b5, black carrot extract and a cross polymer of hyaluronic acid, you’ll be soothing delicate skin with this superstar skin enhancer. 

An ingredient we’ve all come to know and love, hyaluronic acid is our rehydration hero. The Ordinary’s {Hyaluronic Acid 2% and B5} however is in a league of its own thanks to the three types of hyaluronic acid (low, medium and high molecular weighted) infused within its oil free formulation. Deeply penetrating the skin’s layers, this super serum attracts more than 1000 times its weight in water, meaning it plumps skin instantly and with the added boost of vitamin B5 it heals dry and damaged complexions by stabilising the skin's barrier function and promoting the growth of stronger tissue; you’ll be delivering serious skin-smoothing, super hydration to your parched complexion.

This {Skin Supporting Set} is the perfect dehydration fighting combo for skin that’s tight, dry and uncomfortable. Featuring the best selling {Hyaluronic Acid 2% and B5} for serious hydration and the {Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%} to regulate sebum production, reduce blemish-causing bacteria and combat uneven skin tones, enlarged pores and blemishes. This is a face-to-face you’ll definitely enjoy having. 

Looking to fight fine lines and wrinkles? The Ordinary has got your back with this powerful anti-ageing formula. Infused with Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe'6 – at a combined concentration of 10%, this skin-smoothing duo supercharges collagen synthesis reducing the appearance of static and dynamic lines. Plus, with hyaluronic acid as its delivery system, your skin is infused with hydration too.  

A new addition to The Ordinary’s repertoire is this barrier-boosting, skin-plumping moisturiser ideal for those with parched, tight and dull complexions. Providing a boost of moisture-magnetic humectants and fortifying lipids, this rich moisturiser instantly plumps and hydrates. Harnessing the plant-derived hero ingredient phytoceramides expect double the dose of hydration with this moisturising hero. 

An excellent companion to congested, oily and blemish-prone skin types, this exfoliating jelly-like {mask} is your new skin saviour. Infused with BHA {salicylic acid}, expect gentle exfoliation that not only lifts dead skin cells but soothes inflammation, reduces current blemishes and helps to prevent future ones. Plus, with the charcoal infused in the formula (giving it its dark black hue) it works hand in hand with the Amazonian clay to deeply cleanse your complexion, revealing smoother more radiant skin.  

With a powerful ingredient list featuring fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants this organic, cold-pressed, 100% natural {Rose Hip Seed Oil} is your answer to radiant, more supple skin. Infused with linoleic (omega 6) and linoleic (omega 3) acids, alongside pro-vitamin A this unrefined, cold-pressed oil targets the signs of photo-ageing (caused by repeat exposure to ultraviolet radiation,) dark spots and dehydrated skin. This wonder oil also aids cell regeneration meaning it reduces the look of fine lines and evenscars! A wonder oil if we (as well as our customers) sayso ourselves! 

Rina Teslica
Rina Teslica Writer and expert
Rina is Cult Beauty’s Junior SEO Copywriter and has always had a passion for beauty and skin care (rich moisturisers are her obsession). What started as a love for The Body Shop and their famed Born Lippy lip balms (in ‘Watermelon’ of course!), she is now more interested in finding products with proven effectiveness instead of broken promises. A loud and proud VIEVE fan, Rina owns nearly every item of the range and recommends the brand to anyone who will listen... When she’s not intently reading ingredient lists, you can find her either immersed in multiple true crime podcasts or co-hosting her own parenting one, with an *extra* hot cappuccino in hand.

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