The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors – Review

When The Ordinary took the world by storm a few years ago, the first thing I knew I needed to buy was their moisturizer. I wasn’t even fully informed about their other range of products but I needed a magical moisturizer to treat my dehydrated skincare. So, I got The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors.

First Impressions

Size: I wanted to get the smaller 30ml size to be on the safe side just incase it didn’t work the way I expected. So I went for the smaller 30ml size but it wasn’t available so I had to buy the 100ml size. I’ve been using it for about a year plus now and I’m just about to finish it. It’s safe to say the 100ml was worth it.

Price: I bought mine from one of the earliest vendors to bring The Ordinary brand into Nigeria so I like to think the price was fair.

Ingredients List: I’ve never really been sceptical or double-checked the ingredient list of any of my Ordinary products because they’re an ethical and trustworthy brand but here’s what their website says about The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors:

Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF) are elements that keep the outer layer of the skin protected and well-hydrated. NMF are made up of multiple amino acids, fatty acids, triglycerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and many other compounds that are naturally present in the skin.
This formula offers non-greasy hydration that acts as a direct topical supplement of impaired NMF components. It contains 11 amino acids, phospholipids, alpha/beta/gamma fatty acids, triglycerides, sterols and sterol esters, glycerin, ceramide precursors, urea, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid. It offers immediate hydration and lasting results with continued use.

Packaging: I love the simplistic and minimalist tube packaging which helps to curb waste. I’ve never had any issues using the product plus it doesn’t exactly have that much weight so it travels well.

Fragrance: After checking the ingredient list, I didn’t see any trace of fragrance so it is safe to say the Ordinary Moisturizing Factors is fragrance-free.


Directions: This product is a moisturizer which means it should be used at the last step of your skincare routine before your sunscreen.

What I did: The very first time I used this product, I thought it was overrated. I also thought it didn’t work for my dry skin. This was wayy before I started my 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine so I didn’t use any serums or essences. I just applied it right after my toner. Of course, you can’t compare the effect of both routines. But now that I use it after layering all my serums, I absolutely love it, particularly for the spring/fall/winter. During this summer, I’ve had to swap it for a lighter moisturizer. I had no idea it was such a heavy moisturizer until I made the swap.

So did it work?: Yes! Yes! My dry dehydrated skin loves it because it is non-greasy and sinks right into my skin after application. Plus I can easily layer it with either my Rosehip Oil or The Ordinary Squalane.

Other thoughts: This moisturizer definitely works for all skin types plus it is super affordable. So if you’re looking for a great moisturizer that does the job, you can buy yours here.

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