I have been using The Ordinary Vitamin C 23% Suspension for a little while now and I feel like I’m ready to review it. This review is going to be a bit weird. I’ve been wanting a Vitamin C serum, not to treat anything specific, but I wanted to add it to my routine as a preventative measure. So I’m more focused on texture and feel than performance. It will make more sense as you read on.
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.
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The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension Review
Apart from Ascorbic Acid, this product also contains Hyaluronic acid and Squalane.
I’ve been looking for a good Vitamin C serum for a while now.
I wanted something stable. I once tried a Vit C serum from a brand, and it had to be used up within 10 days of being opened or it would lose its effectiveness.
I also wanted something that wouldn’t leave my skin feeling sticky. Some Vitamin C serums I’ve tried in the past feel very tacky and actually uncomfortable on the skin.
Here’s what I like about this serum:
This serum feels great on the skin.
It does not feel tacky or sticky.
It doesn’t sting or burn like I’ve experienced with some Vitamin C serums in the past. (The product description says there might be tingling, but I didn’t experience any)
It sinks into the skin properly and layers well under products. This is important to me because I wanted a Vitamin C serum I could wear during the day and layer under my sunscreen because I read somewhere that using a Vitamin C serum during the day, in addition to sun protection can help to protect the skin from environmental damage and the effect of free radicals.
I like the opaque tube packaging.
This smells like hydraulic fluid. No, seriously. It smells like chemicals. I’ve gotten used to the smell though.
There is something gritty about the texture. I can feel fine bits when I’m rubbing it in, but after a few minutes, when I go to layer my sunscreen on top of it, I can’t feel the grittiness anymore. It is also a little oily. I don’t know how else to describe it. This is a little surprising because it claims to be oil-free. The oily feel disappears once I layer another product over it though, so it doesn’t really bother me.
Does it work?
I don’t know if this lives up to its claims. I have no visible signs of aging yet. I did notice an extra boost of brightness, though. Like I said, I bought this as preventative measure, so I guess we’ll see in a few years/decades.
Update: The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension As A Face Mask
So I recently came across an article where someone recommended using this a face mask. I thought that was really cool and I tried it and I love it.
I usually do my night time skincare routine a few hours before I actually go to sleep. To use this as a mask, I applied a thick layer all over my face in the evening after cleansing. I leave it on for the rest of the night, then I wipe it off with clean cotton pads till I’ve gotten most of it off and my face feels free of product. After that, I apply my hyaluronic acid serum and that’s it.
How long you leave it on for is totally up to you. I left it on for a while because I felt like my skin could get away with the prolonged contact, and I felt the prolonged contact would be more beneficial.
I think using this as a mask has become my preferred method and I will try out the Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate to see if that will work out as an actual cream.
Would I repurchase?
Yes! It is probably the most affordable Vitamin C serum I know of, and I love how it feels on the skin. I’m so glad to finally find a Vitamin C serum I can incorporate into my skincare routine without breaking the bank. I feel like I can even skip moisturizer when I use this, because it feels hydrating enough on my oily combination skin. I’ve also been using it as a night cream too.
So, that’s what I think of the Vitamin C Suspension from The Ordinary. Have you tried this? What do you think?
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