The Best The Ordinary Products For Dry Skin

Since its launch in 2017 The Ordinary has fast become famous for its purse-friendly, fuss-free beauty solutions, with new launches racking up 10,000+ strong waitlists and hero products selling out within hours of a restock. However, with over 50 products to choose between (the majority in identical glass bottles and with clinical sounding names) it can be confusing to know which to use, which will be best for your skin type, and how to build a routine.  

If you have dry skin and regularly experience symptoms like flakiness, irritation, rough patches, and sensitivity, then these are the best The Ordinary products for you. Packed with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and squalane, you’re one step closer to soft, nourished, and glowing skin.

1. The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + PhytoCeramides

This rich moisturiser is a medley of elements that are naturally found in the skin and so will hydrate without causing irritation or congestion. The creamy lotion is made up of amino acids, ceramides, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin, all of which combine to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. 

2. The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane

Squalane is a plant-derived substance which is similar to skin’s own oil – this makes it a great one for skin that is experiencing dryness and dehydration as you age. It’s also a favourite for those who have dry skin but hate the feel of facial oils, since its texture is light, dry, and non-greasy. 

3. The Ordinary Glycolipid Cream Cleanser

Cleansers so often fall short for dry complexions because most will strip moisture from your skin, but this one hydrates while it cleanses – leaving skin makeup-free and clean but without sucking it dry. Glycolipids cleanse and refresh skin without stripping, leaving skin feeling soft and balanced. 

4. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5

The perfect ingredient for dry skin, since it works by attracting moisture, drawing it into skin, and preventing it from escaping. In fact, each molecule can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Use twice daily and layer it under your moisturiser to maximise its benefits. 

5. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA

Chemical exfoliation will help to smooth dry skin that experiences flaky patches and peeling, but some acids can be too strong and cause further dryness. Lactic acid offers a gentle exfoliation and the added bonus of hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin at the same time. 

6. The Ordinary Soothing & Barrier Support Serum

This thick, creamy serum supports the skin barrier to prevent moisture loss. It’s cooling and soothing—perfect for dry skin that’s also prone to redness and sensitivity.