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Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and its pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid has been shown to reverse multiple signs of skin ageing while brightening the skin when applied topically. This water-free, silicone-free formula provides 23% pure L-Ascorbic Acid which remains completely stable due to the absence of water. The system is supported with addition of dehydrated spheres of Hyaluronic Acid to offer visible surface smoothing alongside the benefits of Vitamin C. This treatment is ideally applied at bedtime. Topical Vitamin C offers a wide array of benefits to the skin. However, many forms of Vitamin C and many more formulations of Vitamin C are available commercially with a potential to confuse the audience. We have developed a guide that offers guidance on the formulations of Vitamin C offered under The Ordinary range. It also offers education on Vitamin C itself and on the differences between formulations of Vitamin C at large. Please click here for this guide. 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 our Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone. Alternative products on the market offer suspensions of Vitamin C in water-free formulations in heavier silicone bases to avoid the "powdery" feel of the suspension. These formulations do keep the Vitamin C stable but they are almost always offered in heavier silicone bases that interfere with efficient exposure of the entire Vitamin C content to the skin (the silicone entraps the Vitamin C). The formula avoids the use of silicones and offers complete and direct exposure of the entire powder content to the skin, maximizing topical delivery. If you prefer a lighter silicone base instead for a smoother skin feel, we suggest Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone. Skin Concerns: Dullness, dry skin, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, uneven tone and texture.



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a year ago

I hate this product , it does not even work on the body. it serious irritates my skin even on the top of the body lotion.The ordinary does some great peptide serums, but otherwise i just not...

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SkinSensitive, Fair, Warm

HairBlond, Wavy, Fine


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a year ago

Use less than you think and massage it in with wet fingers. Excellent product

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Age56 & Over

SkinOther, Other



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3 years ago

Great for dark spots, works quickly and effectively. Makes my skin quick bright and plump in the morning. The texture is quite gritty and the it's too harsh to use more than twice a week, but...

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SkinCombination, Fair-Medium



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4 years ago

This is a real weirdo of a product. It’s a milky serum that will leave your face sticky if you go too heavy-handed. Your face will stick to your pillow if you apply more than a dime’s worth. You...

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SkinDry, Fair-Medium, Warm

HairBrown, Curly, Other