The Ordinary Regimen Guide

Regimen Guide

Deciem 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:

Product 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 Solution 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

We have also provided some example regimens below:

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 + HA 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.

Note: If using CAIS from NIOD, it is important that CAIS is applied at least 30 seconds before the application of the following products from The Ordinary: Lactic Acid 5%/10% + HA 2%, Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%.

 

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