How to Create Your Own Oily Skin Care Routine With The Ordinary

How to Create Your Own Oily Skin Care Routine With The Ordinary

I’m going to get it out of the way now: I LOVE The Ordinary. I truly believed that The Ordinary revolutionized the skin care industry in a way that hasn’t really been replicated since. I mean, affordable, no-nonsense products that can be made into your own personal skin care cocktail routine? Sign me up 46 times.

I totally understand that choosing the correct products from The Ordinary can be overwhelming. Do you need the Buffet Copper Peptides? Or the Granactive Retinoid? Or the Resveratrol and Ferulic Acid? There are so many products and they all do different things, but all you need to do is a) take a deep breath, and b) determine your skin type.

Today, I’m going to focus on creating a basic but effective oily skin routine only using products from The Ordinary. Ready? Let’s go!

 

Step 1: Cleanser

So, The Ordinary doesn’t have a makeup remover/oil cleanser, so you will have to supplement that from your own stash, BUT the brand does have a wonderful second cleanser: the Squalane Cleanser, formulated with—you guessed it—squalane. Squalane is an oil that is already naturally produced in our skin cells, so when used as a cleanser, it hydrates and moisturizes instead of stripping the skin. This is especially important for oily skin, where balancing the oils, instead of stripping them, is incredibly important.

 

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Step 2: Exfoliate

Some of my favorite products from The Ordinary are their exfoliants, or as they call them, Direct Acids. There are a lot to choose from, but my favorites for oily skin are the Mandelic Acid 10% plus HA (Hyaluronic Acid), and Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. Mandelic acid is great for oily and oily-sensitive skin types as its molecules are larger than your typical glycolic acid, which means it penetrates the skin slower than other acids. Mandelic acid is also more oil soluble than other AHAs, making it ideal for those with oily skin.

 

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If glycolic acid is more your jam, then the Toning Solution is great! It’s your typical, watery toner, but formulated with 7% glycolic acid to slough off dead skin cells and reveal bright, glowing skin. Whichever one you choose, make sure to start by using once or twice a week, and then adjusting your use as needed. I personally exfoliate only twice a week, because everyday exfoliation was damaging my moisture barrier, and we definitely don’t want that!

 

Step 3: Hydrate

Keeping your skin nice and hydrated is one of the major cornerstones of an oily skin care routine. The Marine Hyaluronics serum is the perfect lightweight hydrator that holds just as much water as your typical hyaluronic acid serum, but is even more lightweight in feel and texture. It’s formulated with “exopolysaccharides from skin-friendly marine bacteria, Hawaiian red algae, glycoproteins from Antarctic marine sources, micro-filtered blue-green algae and several health-supporting amino acids.” Each of these ingredients is sustainably sourced and make up about 23 percent of the formula. To use, apply a few drops to your skin and gently press to absorb.

 

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Step 4: Moisturize

The Ordinary currently has one moisturizer, the Natural Moisturizing Factor + HA. What are natural moisturizing factors? They are amino and fatty acids, ceramides, urea, sodium PCA, and of course, hyaluronic acid. These are the building blocks of your moisture barrier and they work hard to protect and hydrate your skin. Making sure your moisture barrier is healthy is another key component to balancing oily skin. When your moisture barrier is damaged, you experience water loss, irritation, and dryness, all which cause your skin to increase oil production.

 

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If you want a bit of extra oil-balancing goodness, add on the 100% Cold-Pressed Organic Rosehip Seed Oil. It’s chock full of linoleic acid that helps balance out oily skin. It’s also great for acne-prone skin too! If I had to choose my all-time favorite oil, I think rosehip seed would win in a heartbeat.

Oh, and as a side note, all routines need a good sunscreen option, but in my opinion, the offerings from The Ordinary leave a lot to be desired. According to their website, they are working on launching their Invisible UV Filters SPF 35 with Antioxidants sunscreen, so I’ll definitely have to check that out when it gets released!

What other products from The Ordinary do you like for your oily skin routine? Let us know in the comments!

 

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