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:

AM

Use in the AM

PM

Use in the PM

For Eyes

For Eyes

Avoid Contact with Eyes

Avoid Contact with Eyes

UV Protection Recommended

PM UV Protection

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane

Targets Signs of Aging, Textural Irregularities
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts Do not use with other retinoid treatments.
Time of Use PM Only
PM UV Protection

Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

Targets Signs of Aging, Textural Irregularities
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts Do not use with other retinoid treatments.
Time of Use PM Only
PM UV Protection

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (Previously Advanced Retinoid 2%)

Targets Signs of Aging, Textural irregularities
Format Emulsion
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts Do not use with other retinoid treatments.
Time of Use PM Only
PM UV Protection

Retinol 0.2% in Squalane

Targets Signs of Aging, Textural irregularities
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts Do not use with other retinoid treatments.
Time of Use PM Only
PM UV Protection

Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

Targets Signs of Aging, Textural irregularities
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts Do not use with other retinoid treatments.
Time of Use PM Only
PM UV Protection

Retinol 1% in Squalane

Targets Signs of Aging, Textural irregularities
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts Do not use with other retinoid treatments.
Time of Use PM Only
AM PM Avoid Contact with Eyes

100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder

Targets Uneven Tone, Signs of Aging, Antioxidant Support
Format Powder
Regimen Step Mix with other treatments
Conflicts Niacinamide + EUK 134
Time of Use Ideally PM
AM PM Avoid Contact with Eyes UV Protection

Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%

Targets Hyper-pigmentation, Dark Spots, Uneven Tone, Signs of Age, Antioxidant Support
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts Niacinamide
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

Targets Dullness, Uneven Tone, Signs of Aging, Antioxidant Support
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F

Targets Dullness, Uneven Tone, Signs of Aging, Antioxidant Support
Format Oil Solution
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution

Targets Uneven Tone, Signs of Age, Antioxidant Support
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%

Targets Dullness, Uneven Tone, Signs of Aging, Antioxidant Support
Format Emulsion
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
PM Avoid Contact with Eyes

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

Targets Uneven Tone, Signs of Age, Antioxidant Support
Format Suspension
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts Niacinamide
Time of Use Ideally PM
PM Avoid Contact with Eyes

Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

Targets Uneven Tone, Signs of Age, Antioxidant Support
Format Suspension
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts Niacinamide
Time of Use Ideally PM
PM Avoid Contact with Eyes UV Protection

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Targets Dullness, Textural Irregularities
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Use as a masque and rinse off
Conflicts -
Time of Use 1-2 times a week, Ideally PM
PM UV Protection

Alpha Lipoic Acid Solution 5%

Targets Dullness, Signs of aging, Antioxidant support
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use 2-3 times a week, PM
AM PM Avoid Contact with Eyes UV Protection

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

Targets Dullness, Uneven Tone, Textural Irregularities, Antioxidant Support
Format Suspension
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use Ideally PM
PM Avoid Contact with Eyes UV Protection

Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Targets Dullness, Uneven Tone, Textural Irregularities
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step After cleansing, before serums
Conflicts -
Time of Use Ideally PM
PM Avoid Contact with Eyes UV Protection

Lactic Acid 5% + HA

Targets Uneven tone, Textural
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use Ideally PM
PM Avoid Contact with Eyes UV Protection

Lactic Acid 10% + HA

Targets Uneven tone, Textural Irregularities, Fine Lines
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use Ideally PM
PM Avoid Contact with Eyes UV Protection

Mandelic Acid 10% + HA

Targets Dullness, Uneven Tone, Textural irregularities
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use Ideally PM
AM PM Avoid Contact with Eyes UV Protection

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

Targets Lackluster Tone, Appearance of Blemishes
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step After cleansing, before creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
PM UV Protection

Alpha Lipoic Acid Solution 5%

Targets Dullness, Signs of aging, Antioxidant support
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use 2-3 times a week, PM
AM PM

EUK 134 0.1%

Targets Antioxidant Support, Redness
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts Do not use with highly acidic formulations such as suspensions of ascorbic acid.
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%

Targets Signs of Aging, Textural Irregularities
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

"B" Oil

Targets Dehydration, Signs of Irritation, Uneven Tone, Antioxidant Support, Supports Healthy Skin
Format Oil
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil

Targets Redness, Sensitivity, Inflammation, Dehydration, Supports Healthy Skin
Format Oil
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil

Targets Dehydration
Format Oil
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use Ideally PM
PM

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

Targets Dehydration, Dullness, Signs of Aging
Format Oil
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use Ideally PM
AM PM

100% Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil

Targets Supports Healthy Skin
Format Oil
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil

Targets Supports Healthy Hair, Tames Hair Frizz, Uneven Tone, Dehydration, Supports Healthy Skin, Antioxidant support
Format Oil
Regimen Step After Water Solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
PM

100% Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil

Targets Dehydration, Signs of Aging, Inflammation, Antioxidant Support, Supports Healthy Skin
Format Oil
Regimen Step After water solutions - Mix with other treatments
Conflicts -
Time of Use Ideally PM
AM PM

100% Plant-Derived Squalane

Targets Dehydration
Format Pure Molecule
Regimen Step After water solutions
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

High-Adherence Silicone Primer

Targets Makeup Adherence, Visible Surface texture, Hydration
Format Emulsion
Regimen Step Last step of skincare as a makeup primer
Conflicts -
Time of Use Any Time
AM PM

High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

Targets Makeup Adherence, Visible Surface Texture, Hydration
Format Anhydrous Solution
Regimen Step Last step of skincare as a makeup primer
Conflicts -
Time of Use Any Time
AM PM

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Targets Hydration, Skin Repair
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

Marine Hyaluronics

Targets Hydration, Skin repair
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

Targets Hydration, Skin repair
Format Emulsion
Regimen Step Last step of skincare as a moisturizer (before makeup primer)
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM UV Protection

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

Targets Hyper-pigmentation, Dark Spots
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM Eyes

Argireline Solution 10%

Targets Signs of Aging
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

"Buffet"

Targets Signs of Aging, Firming
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

“Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%

Targets Signs of Aging, Firming, Skin Health
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts Apply at least 30 seconds before or 30 minutes after the application of products containing direct acids, Vitamin C or retinoids.
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM Eyes

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

Targets Puffiness, Dark Circles
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

Matrixyl 10% + HA

Targets Fine Lines, Wrinkles
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM and PM
AM PM

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Targets Regulates Sebum, Minimizes Pores
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Before Oils/Creams
Conflicts Vitamin C
Time of Use AM and PM
AM

Mineral UV Filters SPF 15 with Antioxidants

Targets SPF 15 Protection, Antioxidant Support, Dehydration, Signs of Irritation
Format Emulsion
Regimen Step Last step in skincare regimen, before makeup
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM
AM

Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants

Targets SPF 30 Protection, Antioxidant Support, Dehydration, Signs of Irritation
Format Emulsion
Regimen Step Last step in skincare regimen, before makeup
Conflicts -
Time of Use AM
PM

Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density

Targets Visible hair thickness, density & fullness
Format Water Solution
Regimen Step Apply a few drops, or as needed, and massage into clean, dry scalp thoroughly. This formula is a leave on/in treatment.
Conflicts -
Time of Use PM

Example Regimens

Example regimen for general signs of age:


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:


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:


Note: Alternatively, 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil or 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan 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:


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:


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.

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