Welcome back, my friend! Have you heard of The Ordinary skin care? The Ordinary is a science-backed yet affordable skincare line who quite rightly believe that quality skincare belongs to everybody. But with so many products in their lineup to choose from, and some baffling ingredients to wade through, how do busy mums pick the best essentials for them? In this article, we look at The Ordinary skin care essentials for busy mums, so that mums can build a simple yet effective skin care routine.

These products suit everybody, are affordable, and best of all they’re totally effective.

The routine is perfect for skin care beginners – simply include the items you do or don’t want. It includes a moisturising all-in-one cleanser, acid-based toner, 2 serums to hydrate and treat, a hydrating and protective moisturiser, a glow-boosting facial oil, and of course – a sunscreen. You’ll also find a weekly treatment to keep your skin in tip top condition.

Of course, you don’t have to follow of my suggestions here – just mix and match as you see fit!

Shall we dive straight in?

Cleanse away the day The Ordinary way

Cleansing is the first essential step in any skincare routine.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser is great for busy mums

My top The Ordinary pick for cleansing is the wonderful Squalane Cleanser (£8, Cult Beauty). Why it’s good for mums: suitable for all skin types, you can use it AM or PM with no need for separate cleansers.

Tone and brighten, mum!

Using a toning acid is a great way to brighten your skin without resorting to harsh weekly facial scrubs. It has so many uses – your face, scalp, feet, elbows – basically anywhere that is dry and in need of de-flaking – follow with a good moisturiser.

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

I absolutely love The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution (£11.50, Cult Beauty). Use it daily if your skin can tolerate it – I’ve found that this depends on your skin type, age, and the season. Experiment to see what works for you. Why it’s good for mums: counteract the late night and early mornings and put some glow back.

Treat with serums

A good serum is a must in any skincare routine. It helps boost your routine by adding antioxidants and anti-ageing ingredients such as vitamin C, peptides, and hyaluronic acid.

My first pick is Multi-Peptide + HA Serum (£14.70, Cult Beauty). It combines multiple technologies to improve skin smoothness and target multiple signs of ageing at once. Why it’s good for mums: this serum does a little bit of everything and does away with using multiple products. It’s great value for money, too. Meaning you might even have enough left over to treat yourself to those lip fillers you wanted.

The Ordinary Multi-Peptide + HA Serum

Everybody needs vitamin C in their skincare routine, and that’s why my second choice for serum is the gentle yet effective Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (£12.70, Cult Beauty). Why it’s good for mums: this future-proofing serum is good for everybody and a quick way to future proof your skin. This non-irritating format won’t leave you with any skin flareups.

Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

If face oils are your thing – and they’re definitely mine, you can add one here. I love “B” Oil (£9.90, The Ordinary). Why it’s good for mums: this little beauty improves skin’s radiance over time, supporting a natural glow by protecting your complexion from natural stressors. Don’t leave home without it!

The Ordinary "B" Oil

No Ordinary Moisturiser

A good moisturiser seals and supports the skin barrier. With so many to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

I choose Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (£5, Cult Beauty). Why it’s good for mums: this comprehensive moisturiser keeps your skin protected and well-hydrated, without feeling greasy.

Protect with sunscreen

Your final and most important step is to add protection from the sun – the best way to stop sun damage in the first place.

Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants

Try Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants (£9.60, The Ordinary). Why it’s good for mums: mineral filters with no nano particles means it’s completely trusted and safe. Great if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding or particularly cautious about other types of sunscreen filter.

Take it to another level with a weekly treatment

The Ordinary don’t sell any pampering masks, but the mask they do sell does the job of brightening the skin without taking an age to work.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Brace yourself for AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (£8.40, Cult Beauty). Why it’s good for mums: it’s great value for money. The bottle lasts ages and the mask takes no time at all to work. You can scare your kids with it at Halloween!

Final thoughts on The Ordinary skin care essentials for busy mums

So there we have it – a complete routine from The Ordinary. I hope you’re enjoyed learning about these products with me, and you’ll try and fit some most excellent skin care into your busy routine as a mum. Treat yourself!

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Happy skin-caring!



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