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Our Take on The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan

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I’d been looking for the perfect daily moisturiser to lock in hydration and repair my skin barrier for quite a while but, alas, I always seem to go back to my favourite affordable brands – The Ordinary, CeraVe, and Byoma. Not that this is a bad thing.

I came across The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan, promising to “offer immediate hydration and barrier support”, and a “non-greasy formula [that] is particularly beneficial for those with oily and combination skin”.

Perfect, I’ve got combination skin and it was feeling pretty parched during the winter.

I’d never used a product containing beta-glucan and I didn’t really know much about this ingredient, but I knew I loved The Ordinary so I put my trust in the brand.

I’ve since seen a lot of reviews about this product, and it seems to be dividing opinions – but how did my dry, combination skin get on with the Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan? Here’s my honest review.


The Ordinary's Moisturizing Gel + Beta Glucan

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What’s in The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan

Aiming to target dryness, repair the skin barrier, and provide instant hydration, The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + Beta Glucan (£12.00 on The Ordinary UK website/$15.90 on The Ordinary US website) contains amino acids, ceramides, and beta-Glucan in a rich gel.

Suitable for all skin types, this water-based gel apparently “provides all-day hydration after one application” and “it also fortifies the skin’s natural barrier.”

The brand says it’s “Ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin, its non-greasy formula is particularly beneficial for those with oily and combination skin.”

It aims to coat the skin in a breathable layer of natural moisturising factors and lock in hydration.


What is Beta-Glucan?

Beta-glucan has been in the spotlight lately due to its hydrating abilities.

It’s an antioxidant and humectant (attracting water to the top layers of the skin) that works well with other ingredients like retinol, can help with irritation and wound healing, and helps fight the signs of ageing by plumping – with some saying it’s better than skincare superhero hyaluronic acid.

Beta-glucan combines multiple sugars, starch, and cellulose bonded together, and it’s found in food like seaweed and oats.

The beta-glucan in The Ordinary’s moisturiser comes from reishi mushrooms, which have been used in traditional Chinese culture for over 2,000 years.


The Ordinary's Moisturizing Gel + Beta Glucan

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How and when do you use it in your skincare routine?

The Ordinary advises using their Moisturizing Gel + Beta Glucan as the last part of your skincare routine to lock in serums and moisture, and to protect the skin barrier.

I use CeraVe’s Renewing SA Cleanser, a serum like Byoma’s Brightening Serum, The Ordinary’s Soothing & Barrier Support Serum, or Emma Lewisham’s Supernatural Blemish Serum (depending on what my skin needs), then lock it all in with the moisturising gel.

One user on The Ordinary website says “I normally have oily skin with some dry patches and this really helped give me an even texture. I love this for everyday use and my skin drank it up morning and night.”

While another says it’s a “must have” and they that they have “added this to my daily/nightly skin care routine and I am obsessed! I will forever keep this as a staple item. Perfect for those tricky dry spots!”

So, what problems are others having with this moisturising gel?

It seems that some people are finding that this product isn’t hydrating enough – particularly for use at night – and some have said it leaves their skin feeling a bit tight.

One comment said “I tried this product for weeks, however I am really disappointed.

“I have dry skin and this mosturizer doesn’t work on my skin. After I apply it I am left with the feeling of dryness on my skin, and I don’t like the way it works under makeup either.”

I think it’s simply not moisturising enough for those with very dry skin, which I can understand. I think this product works really well for people who have acne-prone skin, combination skin, and/or oily skin with some occasional pesky dry patches (like me).



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My results

I’ve never actually used a gel moisturiser on my face before, so I was a little bit dubious and wondered how it would work with my other skincare products. But, for the price point and the fact that I really love The Ordinary products I thought I’d give it a go – and god am I glad I did – I really like this gel.

I’ve been using this for at least 3 months now, and it feels luxurious and hydrating – I feel like it actually does lock in hydration. It doesn’t make my skin greasy at all, but it makes it feel super soft and hydrated, and it doesn’t pill.

As soon as I apply this to my skin, it feels really thick and hydrating without feeling oily (that’ll be because it’s oil-free!), it sinks in really fast and it doesn’t leave my skin shiny but it feels bouncy and glossy.

It’s great for when I have any breakouts because it doesn’t feel tacky and, because it’s designed to be used as the last step in your skincare, once it has sunk in it leaves my skin feeling like my skincare is locked in.

This is especially good for me at night, since I absolutely hate the feeling of going to bed with shiny or oily skin lying on my pillows. I think this will also be perfect in the hotter summer months.

I can completely understand how this product wouldn’t be suitable for super dry skin, though.


The Ordinary's Moisturizing Gel + Beta Glucan

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The takeaway

With a tagline like “Quality skincare belongs to everybody”, I’m still a huge fan of this affordable brand (I have, or have used in the past, their squalane oil, lactic acid serum, retinol, Moroccan oil, soothing barrier and support serum, multi-peptide brow and lash serum, and their AHA peeling solution).

While this product is a great addition to my skincare routine, and many others who have combination or oily skin, you may want something slightly more moisturising if you have skin that’s really dry.


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Laura Kemp started her journalism career as a news reporter for one of the largest newspaper groups in Europe before moving into features and editorial writing. Combining her love of hard-hitting journalism with her passion for beauty, she’s now Senior Beauty Editor at Live That Glow. When she’s not writing, researching, or interviewing her favourite experts, you’ll find Laura practicing her downward dog or drifting on her paddleboard.

Expertise: Hair care, nails
Education: University of Salford

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