The Ordinary Vitamin C

R 279.00

The Ordinary Vitamin C brightens skin tone and reduces the signs of ageing. This water-free, silicone-free formula provides 23% pure L-Ascorbic Acid.

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The Ordinary Vitamin C

The ordinary vitamin c is an effective antioxidant that brightens the skin tone and reduces the appearance of signs of ageing. 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 the 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 the potential to confuse people.

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The format of this formula from The Ordinary 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 a format, there are 2 important things to consider:

  • 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;
  • 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. If desired, this formula can be diluted in a cream base per application to allow the skin to build tolerance over time.

Alternative products on the market offer suspensions of Vitamin C in water-free formulations in a silicone base 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 Ordinary avoids the use of silicones and offers complete and direct exposure of the entire powder content to the skin, maximizing topical delivery.

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About The Ordinary

This range is cruelty free and has been on the list of cruelty free products which you can find written by Cruelty Free Kitty. It is made in Canada, it is affordable and of high quality. It has a clinical scientific approach to skincare which I like – focusing on single ingredients and targeting single skin problems.


Apply a small amount of the Ordinary Vitamin C to your face in the AM or the PM (PM preferred). Avoid contact with the eyes. 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. A good cream to use would be the Skin Boost Cream with Hyaluronic Acid from AA Cosmetics. You can read more about the combination of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid in this blog post.
If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a dermatologist. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Keep out of reach of children.


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.


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