Extra-Ordinary Review

the ordinary skincare review

These three The Ordinary musketeers have been sitting in my bathroom cabinet for quite a few months now and I am finally ready to share my [unbiased] opinion on both the brand and its bestsellers. Interested? Then just keep on scrolling.

About the Brand

I believe that at this point The Ordinary needs no introduction, but in case you're new to the brand (hey, thanks for stopping by!) here are a few things worth mentioning: being a sub-brand of DECIEM, The Ordinary is one of the most affordable, professional skincare lines globally. Why, you ask? The key idea here is to give customers pure clinical formulations (such as direct acids, retinoids, oils etc) wrapped in a minimalistic packaging. No smart marketing slogans, no gimmicky tricks, no sky-high pricing - only scientifically-proven skincare ingredients and formulas that should show visible results. The Ordinary is now available online on, as well as its own webshop

Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%

One of a few reasons why I wanted to explore the world of The Ordinary - I was on a hunt for budget-friendly dupes. Majority of AHAs and BHAs that I love cost an arm and a leg, however, higher price is normally justified by a complex mix of multiple acids and additional [expensive] ingredients. As you might know, lactic acid is an organic, water-soluble compound derived from sour milk, which is known for its exfoliating and anti-aging properties.

the ordinary skincare review

The Ordinary offers two types of lactic acid: 5% or 10%. Since I have sensitive skin, I figured it would be best to start with a mild version first, so I picked Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%. This formula is diluted by hyaluronic acid (we will talk about it in a minute), as well as Tasmanian Pepperberry, which acts as an inflammation-soothing ingredient here.

Lactic acid helps improve uneven skin tone, get rid of texture and fine lines, which is why it is loved by many skincare enthusiasts (myself included). The Ordinary version looks baby-peach in the bottle, but when applied it appears to be colour- and scent-free. It is also quite lightweight and watery, so it does get absorbed in a matter of seconds, leaving a smooth (even somewhat hydrating) film on the skin. Thankfully, it doesn't feel tacky/sticky and even with a dry skin like mine, I can wear it alone at night without any additional creams or lotions. It does tingle, but only a very little bit.