The Ordinary Vitamin C Guide : How To Pick The Right Vitamin C For Your Skin

The Ordinary Vitamin C Guide

The Ordinary makes so many different forms of Vitamin C.  It can be really confusing to know which to pick, so I thought it might be helpful to post a ” The Ordinary Vitamin C Guide”.

In today’s post, I am going to attempt to explain what each one is supposed to do as simply as I can, and hopefully at the end of the post you can figure out which would work best for you. 
Vitamin C is basically supposed to brighten the skin. It is supposed to prevent environmental damage to the skin because of its strong antioxidant properties. It is also supposed to be anti-aging.

Ideally, it should give you glowy, radiant, youthful looking skin.

L Ascorbic Acid (LAA) is the pure form of Vitamin C, but it can be altered to make Vitamin C derivatives, which we will get into, later.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Guide


1. The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA 2%

This is described as a water-free, oil – free Vitamin C suspension. It contains 23% pure L-Ascorbic Acid. It claims to be oil-free, but feels oily on the skin. It also feels gritty.  It is silicone-free, and it is formulated to be water-free because LAA is not stable in water.

This high concentration of LAA can be a bit much for some skin types, so that’s something to consider. While I didn’t experience any tingling with this, it is a strong enough concentration that tingling is a possible result can be experienced when using this.

So to recap, this is silicone-free, water-free, and supposedly oil-free. It offers a very high concentration of LAA in  a stable formula. It could tingle if it is too strong for your skin.

The Ordinary says it doesn’t feel like any other product, and it really doesnt. It feels quite unusual(it feels gritty, dry and oily), but you can mix it with a cream base to make it feel less weird.

PS: I read somewhere that this can be used as a mask. I have tried it like that, and it worked out quite well for me. If you own it and you can’t deal with the feeling of it on your face long term, try using it as a mask. See my review on it to find out how I use it as a mask.

2. The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone.

The Ordinary is launching what I consider a modified version of the original Vitamin C 23% Suspension. Where the VC-23 is silicone-free and gritty, the VC-30 will contain silicone to help banish the gritty sensation. The presence of silicones is also supposed to help make it less irritating. So basically, the idea is that if you found the VC-23 too gritty or if it stings on your skin, the VC-30 will be a lot more comfortable to use. Because silicones kind of dilute the efficacy of LAA, The Ordinary upped the concentration to 30% in this silicone-based formula to balance that out.

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3. The Ordinary 100% Pure L Ascorbic Acid Powder

Like the name suggests, this is pure LAA powder. It has no silicones, no water, no oil. The idea is that you can mix it with whatever you like, so you can basically customize your own Vitamin C product, with any texture or finish you like. It is recommended for experts only.


4. The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP)

Remember those derivatives I talked about earlier? Here is one of them. MAP is a derivative of Vitamin C that can be stable in water, unlike pure LAA. But it is not as potent as LAA. This particular offering from The Ordinary is described as “a brightening hydrator with stabilized vitamin C derivative ” and the texture is described as “a light cream.” It is recommended by the brand if brightened skin is your primary goal. I have no information on the texture of this, but I will be purchasing and trying it soon so watch out for my review.  This is also silicone – free but contains both water and oil.



5. The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% 

This is described as a brightening serum with stabilized vitamin C derivative. Ascorbyl Glucoside is yet another water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C. It is not as potent as LAA. Because it is very compatible with water, it can easily be used to make serum-style products. This offers all the usual Vitamin C benefits amd it is also particularly brightening. It contains water but it is silicone-free and oil-free. So if you’re looking for something water based and easily absorbed, this could be your best bet.


6. The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F

This is described as a high strength oil-solubilized Vitamin C derivative in vitamin F. This is basically Vitamin C in oil. Vitamin F is also known as essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids keep skin looking young and hydrated. They also help produce the skins natural barrier which can improve the overall health of the skin.  This formulation  is water-free and silicone free, and is best suited for those who want something oil based.

Which of these have you tried and which would you like to try?

If you’d like more information, check out Deciem’s Guide to The Ordinary Vitamin C.


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