Brides-to-be are actively looking to invest in a good skincare regimen. Because no makeup artist can work their magic unless your skin is healthy and hydrated. Moreover, having healthy skin and using good skincare products always benefits in the long run. And one brand whose skin-enhancement benefits have been touted by many, from beauty-vloggers to influencers and actresses, etc., is The Ordinary. By offering ultra-efficient, single-ingredient formulas, they allowed customers to create a bespoke skincare regime in an affordable range. With their simple, authentic, and straightforward approach, their products are universally loved by anyone who has tried them.
No wonder Indian women are looking to add Ordinary products to their vanity, which brings us all the same question…
Where to buy The Ordinary in India?
There’s no trusted Indian site that sells their products, none that we can vouch for at least. Even the branded online makeup stores are getting a lot of complaints about sending fake or used products. A few Instagram accounts are selling International brands, but buying from them again feels like taking a leap of faith.
Don’t lose hope yet! What if we told you that an Internationally recognized site that’s like Amazon for skincare and cosmetics delivers all your favorite brands to India, including The Ordinary? It’s Cult Beauty. They deliver internationally, and their orders take around 10-15 days to reach India. Unlike other sites, custom clearance is not an issue. There have been no negative reviews about fake products or delayed delivery. Everyone receives their order on time, without any complaints, and all authentic, genuine products. Besides payments can be easily done by Paypal or any trusted Credit or Debit card
All that being said, we’re also listing 10 of the best products from the brand based on reviews, major skin issues, and affordability.
10 Best Ordinary Products:
The Ordinary Rosehip Seed Oil
The rosehip seed oil has high antioxidant content and thus, helps with reducing acne scars, calms down inflamed skin, and slows down aging. It also has skin-barrier repairing benefits. Indulge yourself in a good face massage and let the oil sink in deep & work it’s magic.
The Ordinary Marula Oil:
A much-known skincare dupe for Drunk Elephant’s Marula Oil (some even claim this to be better). Marula oil moisturizes and smoothes the skin. It also has an anti-aging effect. A perfect pick for brides dealing with premature wrinkles. You can use it as a serum or as a moisturizer. Whatever works better for your skin.
The Ordinary Buffet:
Probably the only Ordinary product that mixes a lot of ingredients, this multi-peptide, and hyaluronic acid-infused serum is a game-changer for dull and aging skin. The star ingredient in this is Matrixyl 3000, a peptide that promotes the production of collagen & elastin in the inner layer of the skin.
The Ordinary AHA + BHA
This is the red, bloody product from The Ordinary that’s extremely popular and effective. It offers deep exfoliation in just 10 minutes. The formula also contains hydrating ingredients so it doesn’t irritate the skin. Although, if you haven’t tried chemical peels, we’d recommend you start from a low concentration or milder acid like lactic or mandelic.
The Ordinary Lactic Acid
A common AHA that exfoliates the skin and combats dull or uneven complexion. It comes in 5% and 10% concentrations – for a chemical exfoliator newbie, opt for 5% one. The product is infused with pepper berry that helps calm down any irritation accompanied by chemical exfoliation.
Niacinamide + Zinc:
A must-have for ladies suffering from frequent breakouts, blemishes, large pores, and dull skin. Both the ingredients in the product promote skin-healing and boost the production of new cells. Niacinamide can also lightens hyperpigmented spots and improve skin’s elasticity . Use it as a serum and let it sink in before slathering on moisturizer.
A dream cleanser is the one that gets rid of all the gunk on your face without stripping it away from the natural oils. That’s exactly what this cleanser does. Thanks to the presence of squalane and glycerin, it moisturizes your skin while deep cleansing. The formula doesn’t foam but turns into oil-like consistency when applied, making sure even the waterproof makeup is dissolved.
The Ordinary Mandelic Acid
Best suited for those with sensitive skin or those new to chemical exfoliation – Mandelic acid is an AHA that gently goes deep into the skin (due to its high molecular size) and breaks down the dead cells. Just because it’s mild doesn’t mean it isn’t effective. The reviews for this are all on the positive side. Don’t even think twice before adding it to your shopping bag.
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin + HA
Want that envious bridal glow? This is the product for you! Alpha Arbutin is known to inhibit melanin production and fade pigmentation scars. HA is a great moisturising ingredient. The combination of both will give you the skin of your dreams just as you get ready to walk down the aisle.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Glycolic acid is a very common and safe AHA to use for chemical exfoliation. The percentage works quite well to gently resurface the skin without irritating it. The solution also has Tasmanian berry, aloe vera, and ginseng root to moisturise and add radiance to the skin.
P.S.: The Ordinary’s acid range has helped clear acne and acne scars for many. That’s mild acne and pigmentation scars. For women suffering from severe acne troubles and deep scars like ice pick or boxcar scars, please consult a dermatologist. You might need professional treatments like microdermabrasion or micro-needling to clear your acne or acne scars.
Furthermore, acids also increase sun sensitivity. Take extra care, apply sunscreen, and wear protective clothing after using facial acids. Also, moisturize the skin properly after using them.
Worst The Ordinary Products:
When it comes to The Ordinary, there are a few products that aren’t as great as others. By worst, we just mean that these products haven’t worked for everyone, or there were some issues relating to them. Keep reading to find out why:
Niacinamide and L-Ascorbic Powder:
The Ordinary offers simple one-ingredient products to their customers & to make things even more interesting, they came up with these common ingredients in powder forms. When you mix your ingredients yourself, it does feel satisfactory, but can you do it right? Not everyone is a skincare geek, they want simple, easy solutions, and considering one of them is an actual acid, it somehow isn’t safe too!
Michelle, from the Lab Muffin, explains a few reasons why you should be wary of these 2 products:
An affordable foundation that is worth all the money. It’s around , so approx. Rs.600/-. But as a bride, you don’t want something that ‘just’ works. You need to have a foundation that stays, offers dewy coverage and makes you look like a star. And this one doesn’t fit that criterion. We’d recommend Maybelline Fit Me or L’oreal Infallible if you’re looking for an affordable foundation.
Natural Moisturising Factors + HA:
This product has quite mixed reviews, but one thing that we found common in women with dry skin often complain of it not being moisturizing enough. If you’re a dry skin beauty, this isn’t the best The Ordinary product to purchase. Some women also complain about the product feeling heavy & greasy on their face. All in all, it’s best that you pick some other brand moisturizers like Clinique Moisture Surge, Embryolisse Lait-Creme, or Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream.
The Ordinary Retinol:
The Ordinary makes many retinol products in different concentrations. They all have Squalane added to them, which is an amazing moisturizing ingredient. The reviews of their retinol range are either YAY or NAY. There’s nothing in the middle. Some people experience breakouts, whiteheads, skin peeling while for others it helped clear their skin. For the former, the reason could also be retinol sensitivity. We just think The Ordinary has better products for acne concerns than this one, you should invest your money in those first.