Everyone wants that clear, glowing, and radiant skin. Some of us struggle with trying to find the right moisturizer and facial cleanser that's suitable for our skin, and although we notice some changes with our skin, we still believe we need more. It's normal, and luckily for you, I've found a brand that is dermatologist approved and proven to work wonders on your skin! Maybe you have heard of The Ordinary brand, and maybe you haven't, but regardless, I decided to create an article to help you with choosing the right face serum for your skin's needs

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DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a professional in the field of skin care nor do I hold the right to give any professional tips. This is by no means an alternative to whatever you're using right now, but primarily suggestions on something to look into. Do NOT blame me if you experience any allergic reactions, as I am NOT responsible for what happens to your skin. This is just to help those who want to look at other solutions to their skin problems or to add to their skincare regime. With that being said, this is not approved by any doctor/dermatologist or anyone who's an expert on this topic, this is, however, based on some research that I have done so I can create this article. Thanks for understanding :)

1) Retinoids

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In case you don't know what Retinol does for your skin: The retinoids are a class of chemical compounds that are vitamers of vitamin A & they stimulate the production of new skin cells. They also help to fade dark spots resulting from photo-aging, hyperpigmentation, hormonal changes, and blemish scars.
With that being said, let's get into the different types of Retinol face serums that The Ordinary has to offer:
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a) Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane: a high strength, zero-to-low irritation serum that’s been proven to soften fine lines, improve pigmentation problems and revitalize skin, causing it to look fresher and more youthful - suitable for all skin types & received a 7.8/10 star rating
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b) Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion: This lightweight, milky-textured serum works hard to defeat the main signs of skin aging. Lines, wrinkles, loose skin, and pigmentation are all visibly reduced in appearance without the irritation typically associated with retinoid use - Suitable for all skin types & received an 8.5/10 star rating

2) Vitamin C

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In case you don't know what Vitamin C does for your skin: When added to your daily routine, vitamin C provides a range of benefits, from balancing out your skin tone, shielding skin from the visible impacts of pollution, significantly improving hydration, brightening your skin tone, and keeping your skin looking younger, longer!
So with that being said, let's get into the different types of Vitamin C face serums that The Ordinary has to offer:
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a) Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F: This mild skin treatment helps to block pigment production and increase cell turnover, leading to brilliantly brightening benefits. Boosting radiance and reducing signs of aging, this oil-format vitamin c formula is delivered in combination with vitamin F, known for its essential skin-plumping fatty acids. This new derivative of Vitamin C is both stabalizing and penetrates the skin a lot faster than the other forms of Vitamin C - Suitable for all skin types and received a 7.2/10 star rating
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b) Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%: This potent formula combines two of the most powerful brightening agents in skin care: pure vitamin C and alpha arbutin, both solubilized in a completely water-free formula for perfect stability. Brightening skin tone and reducing signs of aging, this formula is particularly adept at reducing the look of dark spots and uneven skin tone - Suitable for all skin types & received am 8.1/10 star rating
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c) Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution: This high potency, a water-free formulation is an exceptionally stable way to harness the brightening benefits of this hero ingredient. Evening out skin tone and boosting radiance and the appearance of health, this provides visible results - Suitable for all skin types and received an 8.6/10 star rating

3) Direct Acids

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In case you don't know what Direct Acids do for your skin: These acids are beneficial for those who have acne prone skin. These acids work for exfoliation and cleansing of dirt to get rid of the redness and bumps that you see on your face
With that being said, let's get into the different types of Direct Acid serums that The Ordinary has to offer:
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a) Salicylic Acid 2% Solution: Featuring salicylic acid (a beta hydroxyl acid that offers exquisite exfoliation) and witch hazel, this blemish-battling solution penetrates the interior walls of pores to unclog and clear impurities, delivering visibly improved skin clarity with continued use - For OILY skin types and received a 6.7/10 star rating
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b) Lactic Acid 5% + HA & Lactic Acid 10% + HA: Providing exfoliation with lactic acid (an alpha hydroxyl acid) this lightweight serum stimulates cell regeneration to reduce pigmentation, diminish acne scars and age spots and improve overall skin texture. It contains purified Tasmanian pepperberry to reduce signs of inflammation and soothe the sensitivity sometimes caused by exfoliation. Also enhanced with heroic hydrating ingredient hyaluronic acid, this super-charged serum strengthens the lipid barrier to improve the skin’s ability to attract and retain moisture. The 5% is suitable for all skin types, whereas the 10% is a little stronger and targeted for OILY skin types
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c) Mandelic Acid 10% + HA: This innovative formulation offers superficial dermal peeling (that’s exfoliation to you and me) that is gentler than other alpha hydroxy acid formulations. The molecular weight of the mandelic acid is larger than that of other alpha hydroxy acids and this larger size means that it penetrates the skin more slowly. This makes for a milder exfoliating experience that will suit even the most sensitive complexions, leaving skin smoother, more even and gorgeously glowing - Suitable for all skin types, especially those that are sensitive & received a 9.3/10 star rating
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d) Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%: Features a high concentration of high-purity alpha lipoic acid, which is a powerful antioxidant that can restore and renew skin when applied topically. Working to visibly improve skin’s tone and texture, this supercharged serum is an effective tool to minimize the appearance of scars, pigmentation and dullness, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Recommended for night-time use, the water-free serum can be applied sparingly for 2-3 nights a week for a softer, smoother and more radiant complexion - Suitable for any skin type & received an 8.3/10 star rating

4) Antioxidants

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In case you're unsure what Antioxidants do for your skin: Antioxidants are naturally occurring vitamins and minerals—like vitamins A, C, E, and green tea—that protect your skin against free radicals (molecules in the environment that damage your skin by clinging to your collagen and weakening elasticity). Some antioxidants also brighten your skin, calm irritation, and even smooth fine lines
So with that being said, let's get into the different types of Antioxidant serums that The Ordinary has to offer:
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a) EUK 134 0.1%: It consists of an exceptionally rare self-generating molecule that neutralizes free radicals, therefore preventing the production of collagen and elastin from being inhibited (which will keep skin plumper and more youthful) - Suitable for all skin types & received a 7.9/10 star rating
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b) Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%: Features a high concentration of high-purity alpha lipoic acid, which is a powerful antioxidant that can restore and renew skin when applied topically. Working to visibly improve skin’s tone and texture, this supercharged serum is an effective tool to minimize the appearance of scars, pigmentation, and dullness, as well as fine lines and wrinkles - Suitable for any skin type & received an 8.3/10 star rating

5) Hydrators & Oils

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These were created to give you radiant and plumped results, each hydrator and oil works hard to replenish lost moisture in your skin, keeping your complexion soft, supple and comforted with a mix of moisture-enhancing ingredients
With that being said, let's get into the different types of Hydrator and Oil serums that The Ordinary has to offer:
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a) 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil: It features a high concentration of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been shown to be one of the most effective agents for the treatment of skin disorders and for the maintenance of healthy skin. Alongside this, other essential fatty acids – including linoleic, oleic, stearic and palmitic acids – help to maintain normal growth and function of healthy cells, while also providing anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and healing support - Suitable for all skin types & received an 8/10 star rating
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b) 100% Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil: Derived from the pulp of the sea-buckthorn berry, the oil contains a high concentration of rare palmitoleic acid (omega 7) to nourish and protect skin unlike anything else. It also provides other richly moisturising fatty acids, such as palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linolenic acid and linoleic acid, as well as antioxidants like tocopherol (Vitamin E), carotenoids and lycopene, all of which help to protect skin from free radical damage and maintain normal barrier function - Suitable for all skin types & received a 9.4/10 star rating
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c) 100% Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil: Containing an exceptionally high concentration of alpha-linolenic (omega 3) and linoleic (omega 6) acids (as well as oleic, stearic and palmitic acids) together with multiple vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, this is incredibly nourishing, moisturizing and protective. A multi-tasking miracle, it can also be used to enhance your hair’s softness, sheen and strength - Suitable for all skin/hair types & received a 10/10 star rating
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d) Amino Acids + B5: Offering intense, non-greasy hydration Amino Acid + B5 maintains healthy and balanced skin. The concentrated solution is formulated with amino acids and pro-vitamin B5 to deliver surface and below surface hydration, while aiding in skin repair, elasticity and anti-irritant functions - Suitable for all skin types & received an 8.2/10 star rating
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e) Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5: Delivers lasting hydration and offers visible plumping and moisture retention so that skin looks smoother, softer and healthier. The hyaluronic acid at the center of this super serum attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water, while a brilliant boost of vitamin B5 heals dry and damaged areas by stabilizing the skin’s barrier function and promoting the growth of stronger tissue - Suitable for DRY skin & received a 7.7/10 star rating
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f) 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil: To ensure that no one of these is compromised, this formulation is cold-pressed, as any extraction process involving heat causes it to degrade. Rosehip seed oil’s rich quantity of linoleic (omega 6), linolenic (omega 3) acids and pro-vitamin A allow it to target signs of photo-aging – premature aging of caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation. It is also known to correct dark spots, hydrate dry, itchy skin and even reduce scars and fine lines by encouraging cellular regeneration - Suitable for all skin types & received an 8.8/10 star rating

6) More Molecules

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These were created to essentially target than more than one skin concern. Incorporating the need to reduce hyperpigmentation and fine lines, while in need of hydration and antioxidant protection, these serums are known to cater to these needs. They have other benefits that don't fit the categories mentioned above
With that in mind, let's get into the various types of Different Molecules that The Ordinary has to offer:
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a) Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and a weakened surface. The added Zinc helps to work as an antioxidant, controls inflammation as it heals and rejuvenates the skin, and regulates cell production and turnover. This can help reduce the amount of natural oil your skin produces and prevent pores from clogging in the first place - Suitable for all skin types and received an 8/10 star rating
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b) Buffet: Multiple peptide complexes combine in this lightweight serum to offer a multitude of benefits, including Matrixyl 3000 to stimulate collagen synthesis and hyaluronic acid to offer the heroic hydration that 'plumps up' fine lines and diminishes the depth of furrows. Working in synergy with 11 skin-friendly amino acids, with regular use this ultra-smoothing serum will reveal nourished, youthful-looking skin - Suitable for all skin types and received an 8.1/10 star rating
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c) Matrixyl 10% + HA: Matrixyl is a peptide, palmitoyl-pentapeptide 3 to be exact. It’s different than many of the other peptides used in skin care, because its results are long-lasting, not just for a mere hour after application. Its job is to specifically target and stimulate collagen synthesis and to repair the damage. This function reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin firmer, smoother and more youthful looking. The addition of hyaluronic acid acts as a delivery system (allowing the Matrixyl to penetrate deeper beneath the skin’s surface) and provides a radiant, plumping boost of hydration - Suitable for all skin types and received a 9/10 star rating
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d) Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA: A natural skin lightening/whitening agent. It works by slowly releasing hydroquinone through hydrolysis, which in turn blocks Tyrosinase activity and reduces the skin’s melanin (pigmentation) production. With the addition of a highly efficacious form of hyaluronic acid for enhanced delivery, the serum penetrates deep beneath the skin’s surface to restore hydration - Suitable for all skin types and received a 7.9/10 star rating
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e) Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG: It contains an extremely high concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have indicated that topical use of these ingredients can help reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles around the eye contour, reviving and brightening the delicate skin around the eye. The potent blend of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories provided by this lightweight serum will noticeably improve the appearance of your peepers, letting you look bright eyed and bushy tailed - Suitable for all skin types and received a 7.7/10 star rating
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f) Argireline Solution 10%: Argireline is made up of peptides, which are chains of amino acids that can affect how cells in the bodywork. When Argireline is applied to the skin, it is absorbed into the body and the chemical composition causes the facial muscles to contract with less force. This diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and can smooth out fine lines that appear with aging - Suitable for aging skin types and received a 7.7/10 star rating
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Have a beautiful day my loves ♥
Everyone's skin is different, which is why there are numerous face serums out there that cater to your skin's specific needs. Hope this article helped and I do recommend trying out this brand, they're also sold at a fairly cheap price! If you do consider investing in these, or you already bought some but don't know how to use them, I hope this article answered your questions and concerns. Please do note that you should NOT use more than 3 of these serums at once, or else it would not work effectively and you'll just be layering your face with serums.
If you want more tips on how I keep my skin clear and glowing, check out my other articles on skincare
The Ordinary Website: https://theordinary.com/
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