The Ordinary - how to use acids

At Oxygen Boutique, we take health and beauty seriously because we believe they truly go hand in hand. We always ensure that every product we stock is backed by both science and nature- which is why we love The Ordinary

The Ordinary is definitely not what the name suggests when it comes to beauty. With a team of biochemists curating the products, The Ordinary has produced innovative and advanced beauty formulas that stand out from the rest of what’s on the market for skincare. 

We know many of you have made The Ordinary products habitual in your beauty routine, but would like to understand a bit more about the Acids range. Here’s a little breakdown of what they are, why we need them, how to take them, and who for. 

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Direct acids help improve the overall look of skin tone and texture by encouraging the exfoliation of dead skin cells on the stratum corneum (the skin surface).


As skin ages, cell turnover can be compromised, leaving it looking less smooth and radiant. Exfoliation aids in cell turnover.


Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are water-soluble and help to exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin. Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are lipid-soluble and can provide deeper exfoliation benefits, usually recommended for congestion-prone skin.


All skin types can benefit from acids. Do not use on compromised, sensitive, or peeling skin.