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The Ordinary is a skincare brand we all know and love for its high-quality products, so it might come as a shock that the brand is making the move to discontinue some of its releases.

Yup, we caught the surprising news from skincare YouTuber Mad About Skin, who shared which products the brand will phase out over time.

Whether you’re planning to stock up on the products that are leaving or looking for better alternatives, we’ve got all the details about this decision below.

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If you’re a fan of the brand, you won’t need to worry about their beloved bestsellers.

The products being discontinued are products that didn’t quite take off and remained relatively unpopular, as well as products that have dwindled in popularity over the years.

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We’ve also compiled alternatives from the rest of The Ordinary’s skincare arsenal, which serve as better replacements for these products!

1. Vitamin C 30% Suspension in Silicone

This product used to be popular for the high strength of its vitamin C, which was unique to this product when it was first released all the way back in 2017!

However, seven years later, products with a low concentration of ingredients such as vitamin C have steadily risen in popularity.

Using a low-strength product consistently can actually be better in the long run as compared to a highly concentrated product, as the risk of stripping and damaging your skin will be much lower.

If you need a replacement for this vitamin C formula, you might want to consider the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%.

This is still a high-strength vitamin C product, but with a slightly lower concentration, so it’s gentler and kinder on your skin. It’s also said to apply better and feel more comfortable on your skin, which explains its popularity!

The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% retails for S$16 at Sephora.

2. 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil

While facial oils have been popular for their plethora of benefits, this particular oil failed to take off since it didn’t manage to appeal to a wide range of people.

While it does hydrate dry skin, it doesn’t have as many benefits as other oils on the market, and many skincare enthusiasts prefer to use products with a blend of oils to maximise their benefits.

Additionally, because of its unique ingredients, this facial oil has a rather unpleasant smell that puts many people off.

This reached a point where The Ordinary actually released an official disclaimer, stating that the oil is not actually rancid, as some users had assumed based on the smell!

3. 100% Organic Virgin Chia Seed Oil

This is a hydrating facial oil, which can also be used on your hair for healthy strands.

This product wasn’t as successful as The Ordinary’s other releases, and it’s being discontinued for similar reasons as the 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Borage Seed Oil.

While it doesn’t have as pungent a smell as the borage seed oil, both pale in comparison to other on the market, and lack the same diverse range of benefits as more popular oils.

4. 100% Organic Virgin Sea-Buckthorn Fruit Oil

This product is a decently popular oil that’s meant to revitalise dry and tired skin. It’s said to indeed be hydrating and soothing, and work effectively for many users’ skin.

However, its unique bright orange hue was a turnoff for many, as it tends to stain easily.

Users have reported stained pillowcases and clothing after using this oil, which explains its decline in popularity.

On the lookout for a new facial oil to replace these products? The Ordinary’s 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is a hugely popular product that you can try out!

Rosehip oil has been all the rage in skincare recently for its impressive benefits. This particular oil can brighten and balance uneven skin tone, promoting supple and more radiant-looking skin.

The Ordinary’s 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil retails for S$21 at Sephora.

5. Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane

This retinoid is meant to combat signs of ageing and smoothen out the skin.

However, users have reported that due to its oil-like formula, the product is rather greasy and hard to apply, making it unpopular compared to other products.

A highly-rated alternative is the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion.

Its rich and creamy texture helps it absorb into the skin quickly, which is why many prefer this product!

It has the same strength and retails for the same price, but applies much better than the Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane.

The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion retails for S$20 on Lookfantastic.

Featured image credits: @theordinary/Instagram.