Clinical Formulations
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Regimen Guide

We have developed this guide to offer suggestions on how to combine multiple formulations from The Ordinary in a single regimen.

In general terms, water formulations should be applied before oil formulations and we recommend using a maximum of three serum formulations in a single regimen. The table below offers a summary on how our formulations can be combined into a regimen:

Format Regimen Step Conflicts Time of Use
100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil
Oil After Water Solutions - Any Time
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil
Oil After Water Solutions - Any Time
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
Oil After Water Solutions - Any Time
100% Plant-Derived Squalane
Oil After Water Solutions - Any Time
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Water Solution Use as a masque and rinse off - Ideally PM
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
Water Solution Before Oils/Creams - AM and PM
Alpha Lipoic Acid Solution 5%
Anhydrous Solution After Water Solutions - 2-3 times a week, PM
Argireline Solution 10%
Water Solution Before Oils/Creams - AM and PM
Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
Water Solution Before Oils/Creams - AM and PM
Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F
Oil Solution After Water Solutions - AM and/or PM
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Suspension After Water Solutions - Ideally PM
Buffet
Water Solution Before Oils/Creams - AM and PM
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Water Solution Before Oils/Creams - AM and PM
EUK 134 0.1%
Anhydrous Solution Before Oils/Creams Do not use with highly acidic formulations such as suspensions of ascorbic acid. AM and/or PM
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Water Solution After cleansing, before serums - Ideally PM
Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (Previously Advanced Retinoid 2%)
Emulsion Before Oils/Creams Do not use with other retinoid treatments. PM Only
Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane
Anhydrous Solution Before Oils/Creams Do not use with other retinoid treatments. PM Only
Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
Anhydrous Solution Before Oils/Creams Do not use with other retinoid treatments. PM Only
High-Adherence Silicone Primer
Emulsion Last step of skincare as a makeup primer - Any Time
High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
Anhydrous Solution Last step of skincare as a makeup primer - Any Time
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
Water Solution Before Oils/Creams - AM and PM
Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%
Water Solution Before Oils/Creams - Ideally PM
Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%
Water Solution Before Oils/Creams - Ideally PM
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%
Emulsion After Water Solutions - AM and PM
Matrixyl 10% + HA
Water Solution Before Oils/Creams - AM and PM
Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
Emulsion Last step of skincare as a moisturizer (before makeup primer) - AM and PM
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Water Solution Before Oils/Creams Vitamin C AM and/or PM
Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
Anhydrous Solution Before Oils/Creams - AM and/or PM
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane
Anhydrous Solution Before Oils/Creams Do not use with other retinoid treatments. PM Only
Retinol 0.5% in Squalane
Anhydrous Solution Before Oils/Creams Do not use with other retinoid treatments. PM Only
Retinol 1% in Squalane
Anhydrous Solution Before Oils/Creams Do not use with other retinoid treatments. PM Only
Retinol 1%
Emulsion Before Oils/Creams Do not use with other retinoid treatments. PM Only
Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
Water Solution After cleansing, before creams - AM and PM
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
Suspension After Water Solutions Niacinamide Ideally PM
Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone
Suspension After Water Solutions Niacinamide Ideally PM

Example Regimens

Example regimen for general signs of age:
AM

Buffet, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

PM

Buffet, Granactive Retinoid 2% or 5% in Squalane, 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Always avoid unprotected solar exposure.

Example regimen for pigmentation issues:
AM

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%

PM

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

Note: Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F can be applied in the PM before Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% for added support.

Always avoid unprotected solar exposure.

Example regimen for dehydration:
AM

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Natural Moisturizing Factors + High-Adherence

PM

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

Note: Alternatively, 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil or 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil can be used instead of 100% Plant-Derived Squalane in the PM.

Always avoid unprotected solar exposure.

Example regimen for signs of congestion & the look of blemishes:
AM

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

PM

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Note: For non-comedogenic surface hydration, apply 100% Plant-Derived Squalane as the last step in the AM and PM.

Always avoid unprotected solar exposure.

Example regimen for textural irregularities:
AM

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

PM

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, Granactive Retinoid 2% or 5% in Squalane

Note: AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution can be applied as a masque up to twice per week in the PM.

Always avoid unprotected solar exposure.