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Squalane + NMF + Vit C 23%. It’s not a chemistry equation, it’s my new nighttime skincare routine. While my top shelf might look like a science experiment, my skin is brighter and glowier than it has any right to be. In fact, if you tried to separate me from my niacinamide, I might just break down in tears. So how does a girl who almost exclusively uses whatever is on sale at Priceline turn into a skincare nerd overnight? Two words. The Ordinary.
If you’ve been on the internet in the last five years, you probably already know who The Ordinary is and are already obsessed with one or two of their prods. Their Buffet Serum sells like hotcakes and Kim K can’t stop using the Gran Active Retinoid solution.
READ: WTF Is Retinoid And Why Does Kim K Love It So Much
If like me, you’re late to The Ordinary game, their no BS packaging seems a little intimidating. Luckily for you, we’ve spoken to The Ordinary team and found out what your day and night skincare routines should look like based on your skin type.
P.S. None of these routines will set you back any more than $72 and for dreamy skin, that is a steal.
If you’re prone to getting a tad flaky and dry in the colder months, or you’re one of those poor unfortunate souls who have it all year round, you need to get yourself some squalane. Stat. Squalane is a natural antioxidant that prevents loss of hydration and is gentle enough for daily use.
After you’ve cleansed your pretty little face with squalane, you want to go ahead and add some acids and oils. Ideally, your AM routine will look like this:
At night, it’s all about nourishing your skin for the next day.
Oily gals let me introduce you to your new best friend, niacinamide. One of The Ordinary’s global best-sellers, this lil’ concoction is fantastic at clearing congestion and supporting blemishes. As a bonus, their formula includes a little bit of zinc to combat any excess inflammation and shine.
Once you’re ready to hit the hay, you’ll only be four steps away from bed-ready skin.
If you’re one of those rare lucky ducks whose skin is neither dry nor oily, first of all, how did you get so lucky? Second of all, don’t be fooled. You still need to use as much care as us problem-skin folks.
In the morn, The Ordinary suggests something like this:
If your skin isn’t as smooth as you’d like it to be, the good news is your only three steps in the morning and four steps at night away from being as soft as a baby.
If your skin is lacking a bit of glow and brightness, right here is where it’s at. These four products are going to give you the glow-getter look you deserve.
At night, you want to add a touch of Vitamin C to your routine, and we don’t mean by eating a shit tonne of oranges. Vitamin C offers visible smoothing and brightening in the one product! Add it to your PM routine like so:
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Words by Emma Roffey
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