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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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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 21

Confusingly a must have

This product is a MUSt Have !!! I really had a bright, tighter and more refined skin with this. Although the smell seems weird and the texture is rough because there are small beads. For me this is a great product to use at night because if it is used in the morning it will make your skin feel uncomfortable specially if your planning to go outside. I was also shocked to know that this is a moisturizer?? Im shocked because it seems like a cream packed with serum for me and not for moisturization.

about 2 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 42

A keeper in my skin care routine

I use this in combination with The Ordinary Reseveratrol 3% + Ferulic acid 3% and after two months of use, I can tell the brightening (not whitening) difference these has made in my skin. My skin is glowy even if I have less than 7 hours of sleep. I am using these at night around 3 to 4 times a week. On alternate nights, I either use The Ordinary Retinoid 5% or just let my skin rest sans any products or just have an alove vera gel.

2 months ago
Top Reviewer
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 22


been using this for more than 2 months, i have seen visible results. honestly most of my acne marks on the first day i used it have already faded. though im still having pimple marks on my face now. why?? while i was on the process of healing my other pimple marks, i was also gaining some bec i have been picking at my blackheads causing wounds. BTW, THIS IS NOT A TIIS GANDA PRODUCT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IS CLAIMING. IT DIDN’T BURN OR STING THAT MUCH. NOT THAT GRITTY LIKE SALT. on my first day using this (i just tap tap it on my face on the first week) , i only felt some itch after few mins then nothing more than that. what could be the reason?? I guess it depends on skin sensitivity, tolrance, and if u have been exposed to other stuff like exfoliants. Btw, when i first used it, i first applied a toner (from a derma clinic) containing l ascorbic acid. SO HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS??? You could actually see results in as early as 3-5 days but the acne marks are still there. For me, IT TAKES TWO WEEKS FOR THE ACNE MARKS TO LOOK UNAPPRECIABLE. two weeks of continuous everday use is enough for me not to hate my acne marks on my face. at least 2 weeks the acne marks are not that dark and started looking faded. ITS STILL THERE HA. ACNE MARKS MAY STILL BE THERE AFTER USING IT FOR WEEKS OR A MONTH OR EVEN TWO. Some of the marks on my face are still here. i still got plenty of marks, but im now okay with my face like i dont have super dark pimple marks. BUT SRSLY??? I HAVE FADED A LOT OF NEW PIMPLE MARKS AND OLD ONES. so obviously the ones on my face are actually a current one from recent wounds and acness!! THIS HAS ALSO GAVE ME A GLOW AFTER APPLYNG IT EVERYNIGHT. NO NEED TO APPLY IT IN THE MORNING, JUST MOISTURIZE YOUR FACE IN THE MORNING OR TREAT YOUR BLACKHEADS WHITEHEADS. Though, im not sure if somewhat it has clogged my pores a bit cause i have blackheads constantly but there are a lot of other factors. SUMMARY: IT HAS SPED UP FADING ACNE MARKS. OR ANY HYPERPIGMENTATION LIKE WOUNDS.. INSTEAD OF MONTHS, weeks will do to fade up and make your marks unappreaciable. LOVE ITTTT!!!!! PPS: GO WITH THIS THAN THE 30% vit c of ordinary, ive read lots of review, this is more effective. silicone based of the 30% needs to be converted and less effective. MORE THAN 20% vit c, will give u nothing more than the 20% concentration. so 30% vit c is not more effective than 23%

2 months ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Sensitive
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 37

It stings and made my face rough :'(

This is the 1st ordinary product I've used, I didn't believe in some negative reviews online about this because there are some positive feedback here. It's just sad that instead of helping me to have clear skin it made my skin worst and it really stings a lot. I tried to use it for a month to see if it will change but it didn't. Maybe not for me, that's how skin care works, sometimes it's good and sometimes it's bad.

3 months ago
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 26

The smell is a letdown.

I have been using this product for months now and it’s really potent and it does what it promises as every time I use it before going to bed, I wake up with smoother and brighter skin. But then, the smell is atrocious. It smells like pineapple juice was splashed and just dried on its own on my face, with a hint of metal that just haunts me during my waking hours. I hate it when this product touches my hair as the smell stays there until the next time I shampoo my hair. The same annoying smell also stays in my pillowcases and everywhere that my face touched while I have the product on. Other people might have better tolerance to the smell but I’m not one of them. Still, in terms of performance, it’s very effective. But I probably would just choose a different vitamin C serum or variant from The Ordinary.

4 months ago
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Mestiza
  • Age 20

It stings but it's effective!

It's been only 5 days since I started using this. It's grainy so I don't swipe it across my face, I just dispense a small amount then tap it on blemish-prone areas. Yes it stings. It was 2am when I felt my face a little bit irritated and itchy because of this. But the results are great, it lightened my acne scars (not very drastic but you can notice it so patience is key!) For those who have sensitive skin, make sure to do patch test first!

5 months ago
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