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Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres

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CLAIM TO FAME: A water-free, silicone-free, stable suspension of vitamin C for brighter, smoother skin

FAST FACTS: Provides 23% pure l-ascorbic acid which remains completely stable due to the absence of water; helps reverse multiple signs of skin aging with antioxidant-rich properties; naturally lightens and refines skin tone and texture; vegan formula is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain water, alcohol, silicone, oil, and nut

PERFECT FOR: A smooth, radiant complexion

October 16, 2017
”This product gets such a bad rep, but it is truly an effective and elegant product. This vitamin c gave me a serous glow. I mean a people ask me are you pregnant glow (I’m not), a what’s your secret glow. I love the texture, the transient grittiness gives a mild physical exfoliation (something I’ve stopped doing since incorporating deciem products). The active penetrates well and works. I use a small amount and since combining this with the resveratol ferulic acid it is out of this world!! Give the combo a try. Eventually your skin will look so good you won’t need makeup and you won’t have a problem with the texture meshing with other products!!”
–NM (from theordinary.com)

October 13, 2017
”Ok this stuff rocks. The product itself I expected to be gritty and just not that elegant. Almost bought the other 30% formula. Glad I tried this one. The powder that seems to be a problem for others isn’t for me. In fact I find this formula to be not grainy in texture at all. It’s a light lotion feeling with a touch of vit c powder that dissipates within a minute. This is the best ascorbic acid with the highest strength in what I feel is an elegant feeling lotion formula. The fact that it’s less than ten dollars makes this seem unreal. Seeing is believing.”
–AA (from theordinary.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres
INGREDIENTS: Ascorbic Acid, Squalane, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Coconut Alkanes, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucomannan, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trihydroxystearin, BHT

Formulations are updated from time to time as part of our commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.

Apply a small amount to face in the AM or the PM. A tingling sensation can be expected after application. If the sensation is too strong to tolerate, the formula can be mixed on each application with other creams or serums of your preference.

Note: The format of this formula is a suspension of very fine L-Ascorbic Acid powder and, as such, provides the most direct exposure of extremely high concentrations of Vitamin C topically. With such format, there are 2 important things to consider:

1) A very strong tingling, but non-irritating sensation is expected during the first 1-2 weeks of use until the skin’s tolerance to such high exposure is elevated. If the sensation is too strong to tolerate, the formula can be mixed on each application with other creams or serums of your preference.

2) The powder exposure to the skin disallows the formula to feel like a serum, lotion, or cream and each application requires a few seconds to feel absorbed by the skin. This formula feels gritty for a few seconds after application. If you prefer to avoid this gritty feel, we suggest the Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone.

The Ordinary

“Clinical formulations with integrity”—that’s what The Ordinary is about. Created to celebrate truth, veracity, and reliability, the beauty company is focused on advanced functional beauty while honestly communicating its products to its consumers. The end goal? Bringing to market effective, well-known technologies at reasonable prices. As part of DECIEM’s brands, The Ordinary is also free of Parabens, Sulphates, Mineral Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Animal Oils, Benzalkonium Chloride, Coal Tar Dyes, Formaldehyde, Mercury, and Oxybenzone and does not test on animals. All you need is to try out one of their bestselling products, extremely affordable and effective skincare products and you’ll realize what makes The Ordinary, extraordinary.

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  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 20

a stable vitamin c is a staple in my routine

this is probably one of the most hated products from the ordinary because the formula is too runny, too gritty, and too stingy. but i honestly believe that this is the best inexpensive vitamin c in the market. unlike the ones in serum form (wishtrend, klairs, tiam) that oxidizes as quickly as you start using it and--not to mention--stain your sheets, this product is pretty stable. it does feel gritty, but not as gritty as everyone thinks. it is not gritty as sugar or salt. the grittiness is really manageable, even almost relaxing while you massage it gently to your face, and it melts after some time too. i am not really a fan of the smell, it smells like the packaging itself. smells like balloons, but it's not that strong. plus, it's really effective! used it for 2 days to even out my skin tone after a sun burn and, et voila, it worked.

28 days ago
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  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 19


The Ordinary products seriously work fast! I've only been using this for a week, and I already notice a glow on my cheeks. It isn't the best smelling product or the most comfortable product to use (because sometimes I get a tingly feeling when I put it on, and it feels oily and grainy), but it really does work, so I'm okay with the smell and consistency! A little goes a long way with this product!

4 months ago
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  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 24

Worth the pain 💖

I have been using this product for three weeks now. So far, I'm loving the result. This brightens my skin. It gives me a youthful glow and I saw significant change in my PIH. It's a bit stingy but worth it. For me, the sting only stays for 2-3 minutes. I have also noticed that my blackheads became more noticable. I'm not sure if it's because of this product but to be sure, if you have clogged pores, best not to use this product.

4 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 19


This formula is one of the worst from the ordinary's line because it is really gritty, oily (although it says that it is oil-free), and it just takes time to be absorbed by the skin, I usually wait for about 10-20 minutes before putting on another product. I only experienced stinging from this product the first two times that I used this, but it isn't anything severe, it is definitely bearable. Despite the product's formula, I really really love this!!!! You can really see your skin brightening up in the first week that you use this! My pimple marks also disappear much faster. My skin just feels healthier since I started using this, and it definitely looks healthier. I advise you use this at night because it can make your skin really sensitive to the sun. And only use a pea-sized amount because if you use a lot, your skin will not absorb all of the product. Vitamin C is really essential for a brighter skin, so you should definitely try this.

4 months ago
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  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 26

Blemishes be gone!

I'm in love with this product of The Ordinary. This Vitamin C suspension makes my skin glow. It do minimized the blemishes from the pimple marks on my face. It has tingling sensation whenever you put it in your face but it is okay for me. I feel like that makes the product work. I love how I put it at night time and in the morning my face feels so refreshed. HG it is.

6 months ago
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  • Skin Type Dry
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena

Not for sensitive skin

First, I want to say that I have dry and sensitive skin and acne-prone too. I really wanted for this to work on my dark acne spots. However, I don't like the formula because it is grainy. I don't get it. Why does it have to feel like I am rubbing sand on my face? What's worse is that it stings really bad. After applying it, I have to face the AC for a few minutes! Tiis-ganda! Literally. I stopped using it coz I got tired of having to withstand the pain. It does make my face look better after a few uses but I just don't feel like it is for girls with sensitive skin. Sad. :( I feel like it is a good product if only I dont have sensitive skin.

7 months ago