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The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder

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The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder by The Ordinary


The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder is a Vitamin C product that can be added to water, toner, moisturiser or serum to enhance your complexion over time. This powder works to improve radiance and even skin tone, promoting a healthy, glowing complexion. This superfine powder also helps to protect against external aggressors due to its antioxidant properties. 

Features and benefits of The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder?

  • Ultra-fine Vitamin C topical powder
  • Can be added to water, hydrating toners or essence, Serum, Moisturiser, Facial Oil or Hydrating Face Mask
  • Helps to even skin tone
  • Antioxidants help to protect your skin against free radical damage
  • May help reduce pore size
  • Suitable for all skin types (sensitive skin should use with caution)
  • Use only a small amount per application
  • 20g

To use, simply mix a small amount with other treatments in the palm of your hand and apply to face in the AM or the PM. A tingling sensation can be expected after application. Do not mix with formulations containing Niacinamide or EUK 134 and try to avoid mixing this Vitamin C powder with any SPF based products or retinol products, to avoid diluting their efficacy. 

Which of The Ordinary products works well with The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder?

  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
  • The Ordinary Buffet
  • The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA 100ml
  • The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA
  • The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%
  • The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil
  • The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
  • The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
  • The Ordinary Argireline 10% Solution
Note: Thoroughly wash hands after application.
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Great buy - 13-12-2018 by

I love this, it’s very good. I can see results unlike other, more expensive products from other brands. You need only a tiny little bit so it will last for ever, too. Very happy. Will repurchase.

Strong vit c - 10-12-2018 by

This vitamin c powder is definitely the strongest vitamin c powder I’ve used. I always get a little sting after applying it (my skin is dry and can be a little sensitive at times) but with prolonged use and mixing it with the right serums I’m certain that I’ll have amazing results and glowing radiant skin.

Most cost effective - 10-12-2018 by

The ordinary is the most affordable price among the same type of products with the highest concentration, My skin type is the combination.I apply this powder on the body with a mixture of body cream.The effects is obvious. I recommend all my friends to have a try.

Affordable substitute for more expensive Vit C powders - 29-11-2018 by

I have been using philosophy's Vit C powder and was pleasantly surprised to see that The Ordinary had a similar product.
I'm pleased with The Ordinary's Ascorbic Acid powder as it has been just as good so far, and is so much cheaper.
My only gripe is the packaging. The container's mouth is too wide and causes the powder to fly about especially when opening the jar. I'm also concerned about easy contamination because of the wide opening.

Great - 29-11-2018 by

Great product, fantastic price. It did take about 10 days for my skin to get use to it. I would recommend you only use 1/4 scoop of the little spoon it is very stong.

Surprisingly my fav vit c from the ordinary... - 20-11-2018 by

I have used numerous vit c products from The Ordinary, including: the original vitamin c suspension, Ascorbyl Glucoside and the Tetraisopalmitate Solution. This I have to say is my favourite. I've had the best results, no sensitivity to it(and I have generally sensitive skin) and the product amount/cost is crazy cheap. If I use it before makeup I do need to let it soak in for 20mins or so, but that would really be the only annoyance, which in the scheme of things is minor, I just skip it if I'm in a rush haha. But its definitely a 5 star product for results <-> price/value!

Does not live up to the hype. - 16-11-2018 by

I have heard exceptional things about this item and unfortunately it has not done anything for my skin. I bought this product to help lighten my acne scars, but after using it for a month, there were still no results. Another downside to this product is the packaging, it just gets really messy. If you are tossing up between this and a serum, definitely skip on this product,

On the fence - 12-11-2018 by

I’m not sure how I feel about this product. I feel as though my skin breaks out a day or two after using it each time. I will continue until it finishes as I know the importance of vitamin c topically on the skin.

Good if you have time - 12-11-2018 by

Slightly messy and inconvenient but it does help protect your skin and give it a healthy glow.

It's not the product's fault... - 06-11-2018 by

I would like to rate it 5 starts but it is ALWAYS out of stock. Last time I received the notification but I was still too late to order, and it became out of stock again in the second day. You can tell how popular is this Acid Powder.

Works - 31-10-2018 by

It does seem to brighten my skin and is really the most affordable vitamin c available. Its a bit annoying needing to mix the products in the morning, but at least the vitamin c is fresh. Would have preferred a smaller scoop though, since Adore recommends a rice grain amount while the girls in the store recommended 1/4 scoop. If that's the measurements then why give me such a big spoon to complicate my life?!

the product was great and i did see results! - 19-10-2018 by

I mixed this product with my everyday moisturiser and started to see results after a couple of weeks. My skin is feeling great and i would definitely recommend.

Holy grail - 18-10-2018 by

I have been using this product for 2 months now, i mixed it with "Buffet" serum from the same brand.
When i first applied it, i can immidiately feel the tightening effect on my face :)

Bang for your buck - 01-10-2018 by

Purchased this not being sure if I needed it. Comes in pot with a cute mini scooper inside to collect the powder. I mix this into either my other serums or moisturiser and can see my skin visibly glowing the next day! Just be careful with how much you scoop at first, I only use 1/4 of the spoon so far or else it can cause irritation.

Easy to incorporate - 01-10-2018 by

Love this.I use this in the morning before I apply sunscreen to protect my face from free radicals during the day. Patch test this before applying all over your face - I used a whole scoop the first time and the stinging was too much for me. I now use half a scoop mixed with Marula oil in the morning and then apply a tinted sunscreen over the top. It hardly adds any extra time onto my morning routine.

I like it! - 24-09-2018 by

I thought I’d hate this as a time poor mum but it’s so effective it’s worth the extra few minutes to get the combination right. My skin looks really bright the next day and with continued use I think it will be really effective! I also haven’t had any issues with reactions or burning

Use wisely - 20-09-2018 by

My skin has acne, acne scars, dryness, eczema, spots, peeling around the eyes.

My main concern is to get rid of the acne, acne like spots or scars etc.

It has to be mixed very well or very dilutely mixed. I started having rashes or peeling of the skin on my cheekbones due to how strong and potent it is I have stopped using it for a few months. Might start using it later again once I finish all my other The Ordinary products.

Perfect L-Ascorbic Acid Must Have! - 18-09-2018 by

I’ve tried lots of Vitamin C products, paid a fortune only to see the liquid turn yellow to orange too fast. This is 100% L-AA ( Vitamin C) in powder form so it is stable, so finely milled to mix with whatever you like then apply to a dry face. Instant brightening and a powerful antioxidant that you can mix with The Ordinary’s Resveratrol & Ferulic as an extra powerhouse! I also mix it with Toners like Aloe for soothing or Green Tea Toner for added antioxidant strength. This is THE best Vitamin C (100% L-AA) product I’ve used and it’s fun too! Get your Glow On.

The Best Vitamin C Powder - 06-09-2018 by

I have tried a few vitamin c powders and found them too gritty. This one is very fine, so it goes on almost smooth when mixed in with your serum of choice. Slight tingle sensation when applied. Don’t use too much powder or you’ll burn your skin! The product will last you forever.

Great value and results - 06-09-2018 by

I was quite hesitant to purchase this, I thought mixing the powder into cream seemed like too much hassle and could potentially end up with a huge mess. Since my normal product sold out, I gave this a try. The mixing is actually quite easy once you get used to the routine.

The hyperpigmentation has noticeably lightened up, the skin is much brighter and looks much healthier.

Only a tiny amount of powder is needed each time. Very good value as this jar will last a long time.

Great booster for body treatment - 04-09-2018 by

I struggle to find potent body moisturisers, because most have added fragrance which my skin doesn’t tolerate well. I bought this tub to use with Regular Vaseline body moisturiser and it’s brilliant for my legs and arms. I was sceptical at first, but one of the small scoops mixes remarkably well, and after a couple of weeks my skin is looking brighter. Will continue to use this in the lead up to summer so I have glowing legs - finally a cheap and effective way to add some antioxidant power to my body treatment!

Waiting for availability - 03-09-2018 by

After ordering, I was notified that there was no stock, so I’m yet to try this! I have combination skin, and love the thought of mixing a fresh Vit C type concoction each time to avoid oxidation. The lovely consultant arranged a different The Ordinary product, but I look forward to ordering this when I can.

Affordable & Effective - 22-08-2018 by

Affordable & effective skin care product. It made a noticeable different to my complexion!

Easy to use and evens up skin tone - 22-08-2018 by

My skin is dry and flakey resulting in me having quite an uneven skin tone. I started using this as recommended by a friend and love how easy it is to use (you can mix it with water or your moisturiser). I have noticed a much clearer complexion since i started using this, however it doesnt say specifically how much to use, so I think i used a little too much at the beginning and it made my skin sting. However after trying smaller amounts it just leaves your skin tingling, but not stinging!

Good but don't overuse it - 21-08-2018 by

I've heard mixed reviews about this powder. I'm in my early 30 with sensitive skin. My skin has brightened after the first use with around 1 scoop of the powder but with some tingling sensation. I realised the amount might be a bit too much so I decided to reduce it to half a scoop the following days. The tingling sensation was still there and I decided to apply it in alternate days. Everything goes well after that. This is definitely a good value product. Just remember to start with a small amount and see how your skin reacts.

Never knew I needed this - 20-08-2018 by

I was recommended this just 2 months ago and I have not been able to stop using this since! It visibly brightens, and gives a tingling feeling if there are areas where my skin feels a little bit dry. Great for Vit-C effects!

very nice - 17-08-2018 by

their best vit c product. i mix with niacinamide and apply before layering oils etc on top. so cheap too.

Much better than the suspension! - 13-08-2018 by

This is great, it is much better than the vitamin C suspensions and amazing for even the oiliest of skins, it absorbs very easily into any product that you mix it in and after you apply it it doesnt sting or leave any sort of residue or oiliness and doesnt change the finish of the product you mixed it in, and I immediately noticed the very large pores on my nose shrunk and became very small, when i woke the next day my skin didnt look hugely different but appeared brighter than before definitely.

better than expected - 13-08-2018 by

Great product .very affordable and very effective.i have sensitive skin but this gave me no problems and it has faded sun spots on hands and my skin has more clarity and smoothness now im onto my second tub and ill keep buying it.

I love this product. - 10-08-2018 by

I love this product. I received it along with TO's Buffet as a birthday present a few months ago.
I'm 63, a redhead with fair skin, and I use about half the tiny spoon of Ascorbic Acid Powder, once a day in the evening mixed with two drops of TO’s Buffet, spread over my face. The tingling sensation can be a little uncomfortable if I inadvertently use too much, so I keep to about half a spoonful.
I’m especially happy with the price. I’ve read how great Vitamin C is for the skin but most other Vitamin-C products I’ve seen are considerably more expensive than this - this product is definitely good value.
I believe the skin around my eyes especially is benefiting from the combined use of TO’s Buffet and 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder.

Love this! - 01-08-2018 by

The Ordinary never fails to impress. I decided ro try this powder and it really is great for your skin. It reduces pores and gives it an even tone. I use it during the day with a serum. I just can’t rave enough about The Ordinary for skin care! Another winner!

Smoothest Skin - 27-07-2018 by

I’m 38 and have large pores, and uneven rough skin with a small amount of sun damage. I’m new to the whole additives thing. This stuff is aaaaamazing! I use it at night mixed in with my moisturiser. After a few days my skin was as smooth as a babies butt! Your skin feels dry after application. But when I wash my face and moisturise in the morning (without the powder applied) my skin feels amazingly dewy and fresh. The skin around my under eyes has always been thicker and bumpy and after two weeks it smoothed out. I’m hoping it will have some effect on my sun spots, but regardless I am definitely going to continue using this product. As a note, wash your hands after applying this as it turns your skin orange (like fake tan). This is normal when vitamin C oxidises. So don’t freak out (my face is not orange btw!!)

Great bargain - 26-07-2018 by

For the price, this product does what most other vitamin c serums do exactly the same. I've tried $80 dollar serums and they all expire within 2-3 months.. This powder is perfect and definitely does brighten. It does sting so start of with a small amount :)

Great product. - 24-07-2018 by

I add about a half scoop to my serum each morning and although it had a slight tingling when applied this went away quickly. Have been using for about a month now and I feel my skin has brightened and have less breakouts. Love this product.

Found this ineffective. Not a great form of absorbtive vit.c - 20-07-2018 by

Yeah, this is just like crushing a vit c supplement to add to your other products. Thoroughly ineffective. Some forms, like this form of ascorbic acid, seem to be only effective when taken internally. Didn't brighten, or exfoliate any more than any powder would when mixed with fluid and applied to the face...

Be careful to use only small amounts - 20-07-2018 by

I had been using The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% as an intro to Vit C products as I have sensitive skin and after using for a few months with good results and no adverse reactions I thought I'd try a higher potency Vit C product.

Without reading any reviews I went ahead and used one scoop of this with my Sukin day moisturiser and it tingled quite a lot and lightly burned parts of my skin (a few small red patches on my left cheek which peeled off and recovered within a week).

After my skin recovered, I tried again with half a scoop and The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA in the evening and this time it still tingled (I never felt anything with the Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) but only slightly and my skin was noticeably smoother in the morning. I use it a couple of times a week now.

I am quite happy with this product but you definitely be cautious when starting out with it especially if you have sensitive skin!

Superfood for your skin - 18-07-2018 by

I was a little hesitant about introducing this into my skincare routine. I am die hard fan niacinamide so I was worried about both of them being on my skin.
I did my research and did what they told me not me not to! I mixed niacinamide and the Vitamin C powder together and let me you....WOW!
There are fears that niacinamide mixed with Vitamin C can cause Niacin which may be detrimental to your skin however recent studies actually confirm that these two products only react at certain very high temperatures. So mixing them at normal room temperature is ok. There is a little sting so i recommend half a scoop to 4 drops niacinamide at first. It brightens, fades pigmentation and leaves your skin smooth.

Great Things Come in Small Packages. - 16-07-2018 by

This product gives you the opportunity to get a great skin brightener at an economical price - Comes with a little measuring spoon.

I mix a small amount with my serum - already in a couple of weeks I can notice the difference in my skin - So much brighter!

Try it you won;t regret it!

Great Product - 16-07-2018 by

Compared to other vitamin c powders, this one is my favorite. It is finely milled and easy to mix into other products. It comes with a small scoop to measure how much you need.

It can make your skin tingle if you use too much. Overall, this a fab product which makes it easy to bring vit c into your skin care routine and has helped me keep an even, clear complexion.

Strong but good! - 12-07-2018 by

I'm so happy with this vit c powder! I've been looking for something that is strong, stable and cheap, and this ticks all the boxes. It's good to use - I mix it in with some Buffet serum or facial oil and it disappears into creamy smooth nothingness. No gritty texture. For the record I have fairly sensitive skin and did find that a full scoop is too much for me at the moment - it burns - but a smaller amount is perfect. I think I've found my affordable + effective vit c holy grail.

not good for young skin - 04-07-2018 by

I bought this powder to help my skin brighten and it slightly did however this powder is very very active and I ended up having a reaction to it when I would eat acidic food around my mouth and I would end up with a rash and and burnt like skin around my mouth hours after when i would eat. My sister tried it and even she had the same reaction, we are both quite young so this product would most likely benefit someone with more aged skin.

Most versatile Vit C ever! - 04-07-2018 by

I absolutely LOVE this! I've had it for only 3 or weeks and just had my 2nd tub arrive. I have to point out I bought the 2nd for my 19 yr old due to how much I love mine, I use mine almost daily and I've barely made a dent in really goes a long way.

I add a little to TO's Caffeine + EGCG serum every night as it makes it a bit sticky for a while but definitely helps. As I started using Alpha-H's Liquid Gold a few weeks ago then I apply the serum first and simply make sure to use the Liquid Gold only to the edge of where the stickiness starts, it makes the LG easier to apply and both dry at about the same time.
I also use it with TO's Argireline and as of today then I use a full scoop when applying Matrixyl all over my face and upper chest.

Even though I've been changing many serums over and using TO's, I still have my cult faves in Korean/Asian Beauty and this has been brilliant in my favourite mask combo.
I love SkinFood's Black Sugar masks and as they need liquid when applying, I've been using the Hatomugi Skin Conditioner. Now when I usually add some drops of the conditioner before mixing the mask, I add 2 scoops of L-Ascorbic Acid first and simply blend it as usual before applying.
It adds a huge boost to the mask as I apply it right down to my upper chest due to sun damage and there's a really noticeable difference where the redness has started to tone down.

Will definitely be buying this one again!

Great booster! - 02-07-2018 by

The packaging leaves a little bit to be desired - there's a little scoop for the powder, but it can get messy! other than that, this is a great supplement to a nightly routine - you just mix it with your serums, and it leaves your skin feeling brighter and softer.

Crazy weird, but great stuff - 25-06-2018 by

I was very reluctant to use this at first and wondered why I'd bought it. I heard reviews that it stings and was worried about my skin breaking out or turning red. I put my fears aside and tried the tiniest amount and didn't really have any reaction or notice anything. Now I add 1/2 a spoonful with my argan oil and it stings a bit (especially if your skin is broken), but I felt it gave a bit of a glow. It seemed to even out the skin tone and give it a glow (could also be the argan oil too). I've tried this with another moisturiser and it didn't seem to have the same effect. I've ordered marula oil, which I will try it with.

The best! - 13-06-2018 by

Oh my gosh, this is just wonderful. I mix it in with a lightweight serum just before I apply my moisturiser. It really helped even out my skin tone and I will forever repurchase this!

Great Product - 11-06-2018 by

Though the pricing isn't the most competitive for Vitamin C powders, this mixes really well in moisturiser (I use hada labo gokujun) as this has really fine powder. I use it twice a day on my dry skin, make sure you use a reasonable amount (I use half of the given scoop for a five-cent-coin of moisturiser).

Amazing! - 31-05-2018 by

I love this product. It is nice and light weight on my skin. I have sensitive skin and haven't had any reaction using this product. I mix a scoop with my Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and use the product 2-3 times a week. It absorbs well in my skin and leaves my skin feeling very smooth.

A skincare staple! - 25-05-2018 by

This powder is a fabulous way to incorporate vitamin c into your routine! I’ve been mixing approx 1/2 scoop with TO’s Matrixyl and their resveratrol serum, usually in the morning, followed by 30+ sunscreen. Mixing the powder into a waterless serum means there’s no pilling or problems with layering different products- it’s like a super-serum! TO’s MAGs is also a great vitamin c product, but doesn’t layer as well, I find.
I’m 62 with pretty good skin and just a few areas of hyperpigmentation, but those areas are starting to lighten really well after a couple of weeks. Really happy!

Really good stuff - 25-05-2018 by

Amazing product from one of my favourites, makes my skin so soft and smooth!

Loveeeeeeee - 21-05-2018 by

I realllly like this! I love mixing it with my moisturizer at the end of my routine every other day. My skin looks a lot brighter. You get a generous amount of powder and a cute little scoop.

Another great addition - 18-05-2018 by

While I know you can buy ascorbic acid from the chemist, I really appreciate The Ordinary bringing out this product, as I trust their stuff to be highly active and to actually WORK. I had a bit of a disaster with TO's Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, which broke me out in a million red spots, so I have started adding this to other lotions and potions to get my Vit C boost. The importance thing to remember, however, is not to mix this with niaminacide or retinoid products. I'm not sure about acids (AHAs etc.), but I tend not to mix with those either just to be on the safe side. Currently, I mix this with something neutral such as a moisturiser or hyaluronic serum and it works a treat.

Very interesting - 12-05-2018 by

I used this for the first time last night, I mixed one scoop in with my natural moisturizing factors + HA
Took my face alot longer to soak it in but once it did my face felt tight, slight tingle, and felt deeply moisturized. While I was laying in bed my face felt cold, but like cold under my skin, which was actually extremely nice and refreshing.
Only down side is not being able to use it with Nicinamide which I use in my routine almost daily.

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