The Ordinary Ultimate Guide to Mixing & Layering✨

The Ordinary Ultimate Guide to Mixing & LayeringPin
Credit: @CelebSkinSecrets Cherie

There are a lot of myths about how to play with The Ordinary products. Some products you could mix and match, but some cannot. The followings are some notes that I took based on the research I did at Cassandra Bankson’s Youtube Channel. I’ve also attached the link on the bottom. Hope you enjoy it.💞


They don’t pair well with water. Don’t mix it with other products on your hands at the same time, and wait around 30 minutes to 1h to move to the next step of your skincare. Or you could use your antioxidants and contraindictory products at opposite times a day, one in the morning and one in the evening.

The Ordinary – EUK 134 0.1%:

Avoid mixing with Acids, Vitamin C, L Ascorbic Acid 100%, and Copper Peptides.

The Ordinary – Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%:

avoid mixing with water-based formulas and Copper Peptides

The Ordinary – Pycnogenol 5%:

derived from pine trees. The most stable and friendly product to play with others. Avoid mixing with water-based formulas and Copper Peptides. However, the Vitamin Cs, retinol, and niacinamide can be used with this product.

The Ordinary – Squalane Cleanser

is good at everything.

The Ordinary – Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution:

use only once a day. Be careful with other acid products when you use them. Try not to use it with any retinol, won’t make either of them very effective. Avoid mixing with most antioxidants, The Buffet, Copper Peptides. If you really want to use peptides, you should use the toner first and let it soak into your skin for around 10 mins, and then go for the peptides.


The Ordinary – AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution:

it’s very strong, don’t use it alongside with other acids. Avoid mixing with EUK 134, any peptides, and 100% L Ascorbic Acid. After rinsing it off, you can use Niacinamide & zinc, or any of the hyaluronic acid products.

The Ordinary – Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%:

comes as a cream, which is more stable. Always patch test before putting on your face. Avoid mixing with EUK 134 and Copper Peptides. Ascorbic acid powder or non-copper peptides MIGHT also cause irritations. Except these, this plays well with pretty much everything else.

Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid, and Salicylic Acid:

avoid mixing with other acids, EUK 134, Copper Peptides, and 100% L Ascorbic Acid. Acid and Vitamin C can really sting and burn your skin.

Hydrators and oils

All of the hydrators and oils really play well with other products, no contraindiction at all.


Ordinary – 100% Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil


The Ordinary – 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil

have high amounts of beneficial properties to them. Pairing with sunscreen if you want to use them during the day.

The Ordinary – Amino Acids + B5:

avoid mixing with other strong acids.

More Molecules:

The Ordinary – Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA:

this plays well with pretty much everything. Be aware of other antioxidants because it is a water base.

The Ordinary – Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG:

no contraindiction. Water-based serum.

The Ordinary – Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%:

avoid mixing with any Vitamin C products from the ordinary


The Ordinary – “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%:

it doesn’t play well with anyone, specifically avoid mixing with acids, Vitamin C, and antioxidants. Same thing for the regular “buffet” even though it is much more stable.


The Ordinary – Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion:

contains water, no antioxidants with it, except for the pine-derived pycnogenol, which works very well with it.

Retinol in squalene:

oil-based. All of the ordinary’s retinoids play very well with their peptides.


NO contraindiction 🎉🎉

Vitamin C:

avoid mixing with EUK 134, other acids, any peptides, and Niacinamide. Great with other vitamin C and sunscreens.

Check the link below to watch more details from Cassandra.

And let me know if you have any questions or thoughts about The Ordinary products. 💖💖💖

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