There are so many anti-ageing skincare routines that it’s impossible to sort through the results. Add confusion about where products fit into a routine and their purpose, and you have a recipe for frustration and confusion.
Skincare brand, The Ordinary is one such company whose products inevitably end up on these lists, and for good reason. For a fraction of the price of some other major skincare labels, you are getting an extremely good product.
The Ordinary has developed a range of ‘1-ingredient’ formulations that have been designed for us to pick and choose our ultimate routine. The only downside is the lack of instruction. We are, for the most part, on our own to figure it out.
It’s never quite as simple, either, as picking out a moisturiser and a cleanser. Labels like matrixyl and amino acids can be tricky to decipher without some prior knowledge.
To demystify some of this confusion for you, this is the actual anti-ageing skincare routine I use, exclusively with The Ordinary products.
I have noticed amazing results and can’t wait to share them with you!
I’m going to break down what each product does as well as where they should fit into your routine and why. If you would like glowing, youthful skin for just under $60, read on!
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First step in your skincare routine should be to cleanse. Cleansing helps clear away dirt and oil build up and makes sure we have all of our makeup removed properly.
Building out your skincare routine on top of an unstable foundation will ensure that each product will not work to it’s full potential.
The Ordinary have a fantastic oil cleanser which is perfect for any skin type as it’s gentle and non-stripping, however you can use any old cleanser that you are happy with.
Your morning anti-ageing skincare routine using The Ordinary products will remain the same every day of the week, so there’s no need to worry about changing it up on certain days.
1. Buffet + Copper
The first serum in your lineup should be Buffet + Copper. The Buffet serum from The Ordinary is a slightly tongue-in-cheek reference to a buffet style offering for skincare.
Buffet has been designed to target multiple signs of ageing all at once including fine lines and wrinkles. This serum helps to refresh dull skin and offers some really great hydration boosters.
After you’ve cleansed and Buffet’ed the next step will be at use a peptide serum. Peptides are naturally occurring in the skin and form the building blocks of proteins, the most common of which is collagen.
As we age, our collagen production lessens so it’s important we are topping it up. Matrixyl from the Ordinary is a high strength peptide formulation which will do exactly that.
The major benefit here is a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and a youthful plump of the skin.
3. Amino Acids
After Matrixyl comes The Ordinary’s Amino Acid compound which is designed to provide skin barrier protection and boosted hydration.
This formulation mimics the amino acids (proteins) in our skins natural moisturising factors so they are more easily absorbed and utilised.
For ageing skin, we can never get too much moisture, and while this won’t replace your moisturiser it will provide a fantastic moisture barrier to improve skin elasticity and plumpness.
4. Vitamin C
For convenience, I am going to just call The Ordinary’s Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F vitamin C.
This particular derivative of vitamin C has been formulated as an oil for an overall higher concentration. Being an antioxidant, vitamin C goes on the skin to protect it at a cellular level from environmental harassers like UV rays and air pollution.
Vitamin C’s true benefit comes from its brightening effects, and its ability to boost collagen production which in turn diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is one of the most beneficial anti-ageing products you can buy and is essential in any skincare line-up.
The second to last step in your morning routine will be a moisturiser. A moisturiser acts to lock in all of the previous steps of your routine, provide skin barrier support and of course to moisturise the skin.
‘The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturising Factors will most closely mimic your skins NMF for easy absorption and is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid for an added moisture boost.
Finally, an SPF should be applied to protect our skin from UVA/UVB rays which are detrimental to ageing skin. Always look for an SPF of at least 50+ and I really like XX for daily use as it’s lightweight and wears very well.
Night Time ( Tue, Thur & Sat)
Our nightly anti-ageing skincare routine will change up slightly depending on the day of the week, however for the most part we will be using the same core products we have been using in the AM.
Cleansing at night is just as important (if not more so) as cleansing in the morning as we are removing the days grime build up.
If you are exercising every day as well, cleansing is doubly important as the bacteria in our sweat can cause unwanted blemishes and even breakouts!
2. Glycolic Acid
This toning solution from The Ordinary will genty exfoliate to help target lacklustre skin and bring our skin tone and texture back up to scratch.
Exfoliating is an important step in an anti-ageing skincare routine as it helps remove dead skin cells to bring the fresh, new skin up to the surface.
Exfoliating more than 3 times a week can actually be harmful though, which is why we only use these 3 times a week. As this is a chemical exfoliant, it is suitable for sensitive skin, however, if irritation occurs stop use immediately.
3. Amino Acids
After we exfoliate, apply The Ordinary’s Amino Acid formulation for night-time barrier support.
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4. Natural Moisturising factors
As a final step, lock in all of the benefits of the previous steps with a moisturiser.
Night Time ( Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun)
Our night-time routine for every other day of the week is very similar to our morning routine, with one key difference.
First step is getting some peptides back into your skin. A twice daily application of Matrixyl will boost the efficacy and delivery of the peptides. You cannot over-use this product.
2. Amino Acids
After peptides comes Amino Acids, just the same as we apply in the morning.
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Where our night-time routine differs from our morning routine is with a retinoid. The Ordinary’s retinoid is a derivative of vitamin A, another antioxidant with massive anti-ageing benefits.
Vitamin A acts to boost skin cell turnover, meaning you have newer skin sooner. This leads to a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and can help flatten out hyperpigmentation for a more even skin tone.
A retinoid can make the skin quite sensitive though, so if you notice irritation, stop use immediately.
4. Natural Moisturizing Factors
The final step, of course, is to lock all of that goodness in with moisturiser.
There are a million and one ways to pair The Ordinary products and even more anti-ageing routines. If you find something that is working for you, stick with it!
This anti-ageing skincare routine is what has been working for me and even after only a few days on this regimen, I noticed some big differences.
The main function of using this assortment of skincare is to offer our skin some next level hydration and repair, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles and plumping up the skin.
You can also cherry-pick this anti-ageing skincare routine for only you’re the products that you need or will be beneficial in your existing routine. Have so much fun experimenting and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products!
This was super helpful! I bought a bunch of products from the Ordinary because they were affordable and I got very excited, but I didn’t know really what to do with most of them! Your guide helped me to figure out what I needed to use and how to simplify my skincare routine. Thank you! I enjoy your Youtube channel so much!
I’m really excited to purchase & try out your recommended regime however I’m not sure where you get the cost of $60 as I calculated it to be in excess of $120 plus postage for the 6 products through Amazon Australia?
I thought you weren’t supposed to combine Copper and Vitamin C because they work against each other… Is that not true afterall? Thanks so much for all of your reassuring help!
Thank you for sharing, that’s v.ery helpful. I’m already using some products from The Ordinary and I love them. For the products you mentioned in your AM and PM routine, are they okay to use around the eye area? I have The Ordinary Caffeine for puffy eyes, at which step can I include that into the routines you suggested? Or what do you suggest for eye area skincare routine? Thanks so much.
Thanks for this! I just ordered products based off your suggestions. 🙂 Looking forward to trying them. I have always had a very basic skincare routine but as I get older I am noticing I need to do more. Also, it’s fun. 🙂 Thank you!
Hi, thank you for sharing, this actually helps me, I just turned 50 so I was trying to update my skincare regimen. Would this routine & products help lightened my dark spots and hyperpigmentations also? If not can you recommend any product/s that I can incorporate or mix with this routine?
Been using The Ordinary for years, love it! Order direct from the company and not Amazon. Amazon is much higher – in same cases over double! The Ordinary website has free shipping at $25. Ulta and Sephora do carry some Ordinary products, but not always in stores and their free shipping minimum is higher. https://theordinary.deciem.com
Their niacinamide + HA lightens aging spots
I noticed you didn’t include any products for the eye area. What do you suggest to complete this step as well?
Whether the face is rinsed after each applied preparation and then applied next?
What did you buy for the SPF? Thanks
can i use olay regenerist day moisturizer and the regenerist 24 retinol night cream with this regimen.
Hi! How would you advise in starting the whole regime? I’m aware 1 product at a time, but in which order and time between them.
I would think not. She states to let each one dry before applying the next.
The Ordinary seems to advise NOT using Matrixyl with Vitamin C . Is this the case? https://www.deciemchatroom.com/the-ordinary-matrixyl-reviews/
If you are new to any of these products then introduce them one at a time. Otherwise, if irritation occurs, you will not know which one is the culprit. So you would use just one product for a week or so. If no irritation occurs add one more product. This excludes using a moisturizer and sunscreen. We should typically always use be using those.
Do you cover your entire face with each product? Do they still work if they’ve been layered on top of another product, or if they’re covered up by another product?
Can we also include Hyaloronic Acid with this routine?
I have been using this routine for a little over a month and it has really improved my skin in just this short time. I have been getting compliments too, so it’s not just my imagination. Love your great tips; keep them coming!
Thank you for sharing your routine. I it’s started using The Ordinary products and was overwhelmed with the number of different products and what I should use. I’m sticking to your routine now! I do have a few questions though – 1) is it ok to apply the next product if the previous one isn’t completely dry first? 2) i already have Hydraulic Acid, Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbuthnot 2% and the caffeine eye serum – when and how often can I incorporate these 3 products? Thanks again for your help!
I have used this routine since September 2021 and notice a real improvement in my skin. My husband comments also on how good my skin looks. You must be consistent and patient but results are real. I am very impressed with the quality at such a reasonable price. My days of buying over priced and over hyped skin care products is behind me.
YOU are amazing Helen! Thank you for sharing your wonderful comment and stay fabulous ❤️🌸
Would this routine & products help lightened my dark spots? If not how can I incorporate this routine with their niacinamide + HA lightens aging spots or do you recommend any other product/s that I can incorporate or mix with this routine?
I have been using this exact routine for the past year or so and I cannot thank you enough for posting it! I was in a routine of nothing to help my 60 year old skin and your routine has me looking much brighter, and much younger! Now I just have to sign on to your exercises like I have to your skincare routine and hopefully I will be sensational 60!
Yay! Glad you like the routine Elisa 🙌 You are awesome! Keep up the fabulous work 💪🌸
Thank you so much. I started using The Ordinary last year and love it but I also didn’t see huge benefits. Then I thought to look for articles that could help me undershirt would be best for an over 50 person like me and TAH-DAH! As always, you were the one to turn too!! I really like ARGINALINE and wonder if I can use it morning and night in this regime. Anyone know if it conflicts with anything?
I have been using this routine for over 2 years and I love it 🙂 On a recent visit to Germany I met up with some girlfriends I’ve known all my life and they asked me if I had “something done” since I look like I don’t age at all. At first I just said that I had good genes and left it at that but when I thought about it I realized that this routing has improved my skins appearance over the years and it shows. Thank you for doing the research and sharing this routing. It truly made a difference for me!
Just ordered all these items. I have Rosacea and use quite expensive products. I am going to try each one, but introduce them one by one. Fingers crossed 🤞
Thank you so much for sharing Diane! Stay fabulous! ❤️🌸
Everytime I do the morning routine with vit c, when I put on my sunscreen which is the Eucerin age defense with HA 50, my skincare turns rusty. Must be a chemical reaction…
I have been using this skin care routine for years and I have received many compliments on how my skin looks, so thank you for sharing your routine. Are you still using the same routine now or have you added or took away any products since you shared this routine with us in 2020?
Thanks for all you tips! I appreciate your knowledge and thorough ways of sharing things that are important for women over 50 to know.