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The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

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The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%  by The Ordinary


Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant, brightens the skin tone and reduces signs of ageing. In its pure form, Vitamin C is unstable in water. Ascorbyl Glucoside is a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C. It is much more stable in water but it is less potent than direct L-Ascorbic Acid.

Being more compatible with water allows for a very pleasant serum texture. The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% is considered a gold standard of Vitamin C derivatives due to its high stability and comfortable use, but it's impossible to achieve extremely high L-Ascorbic Acid potency with this solution.

Aside from the general benefits of pure Vitamin C, The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% offers specific skin brightening benefits, leaving the skin tone more even and unified.


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We suggest this product be used within 12 months after opening.


All of our products are filled/measured by weight/volume so the product is correctly filled to 30 ml. The packaging does not accurately reflect the size of the fill. However, this is intentional as some air must be allowed at the top for the product to actually close.

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this works! - 16-08-2018 by

my skin is brighter and more even

Good reliable vitamin C - 07-08-2018 by

I've found this to be a good vitamin C hit - i've had similar results to Drunk Elephant's vitamin C serum which is much more expensive.

Good - 09-07-2018 by

My understanding of this product is that it, when applied, your skin converts it to Vit C. It is a mild, but effective product. I use 3 drops after Niacinamide am & pm. I find this combo evens skin tone & lightens red marks left by acne. It has not been in stock for months, so am forced to purchase elsewhere. My skin is acne prone/ mature/ oily/ dehydrated. This is the only vit c from The Ordinary, that I can use - the others are too strong or cause breakouts. It would be great if The Ordinary offered just a simple VitC + ferulic serum - I find the range unnecessarily complicated. My second choice would be Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F, in terms if ease & effectiveness, but I find the jojoba oil breaks me out. I will continue to purchase Ascorbyl Glucoside for the benefits it provides my skin & affordability.

Absorbs quickly with no residue - 02-07-2018 by

Love this bit c. I use it every morning before the reservatrol and ferulic combo, and it supports the good work my apt does. Absorbs quickly, too :)

Absorbs quickly with no residue - 02-07-2018 by

Love this vit c. I use it every morning before the reservatrol and ferulic combo, and it supports the good work my spf does. Absorbs quickly, too :)

10/10 - 27-05-2018 by

Amazing product! Leaves my skin feeling and looking radiant. For me this one is a must have.

Really good - 18-05-2018 by

This was the first Vitamin C serum I'd ever used, and I had no issues or side effects at all when using it over a couple of months. I then though I'd "graduate" to The Ordinary's Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, which gave me a bizarre breakout on my very first use! Consequently, I have come back to the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% and am very happy with it. No burning, no itching, no blemishes. It is totally gentle and unnoticeable upon application, yet gives a lovely brightening effect to the skin.

Nice and comfortable - 16-05-2018 by

This product is very nice to apply and sits comfortably on the skin, I like to use this as my last step in my skincare routine a few days a week. This looks beautiful and glowing when applied, however it does not sit well under makeup for me as it pills so I wear this on my makeup free days.

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! - 14-05-2018 by

I've tried most of the Vitamin C derivatives in the Ordinary's range, and this is my FAVOURITE (along with the magnesium ascorbyl phosphate 10%).
What i love about this is how well it sinks into skin (remember, less is more, you really do just do need a few drops, not a whole pipette full!).
I use it in the day to boost my antioxidants, and sometimes at night under my Marula oil. Brightening effects definitely showing, and I like the smell, it's kind of nutty.
No sensitivity on my very sensitive skin, unlike some of the harsher options.
You must try this!!

Easy to fit in routine not gritty - 07-05-2018 by

I liked TO 23% vit c but found it hard to fix in my routine because of the texture and more greasy feel. I find this one much easier to use even under make up which makes a nice mix with sunscreen for my skin. It soaks in fast, gives a nice glow and i feel it's lightening up pigment, old acne scars and under eyes.

LOVE IT - 07-05-2018 by

Great product! Highly recommended

Glowing skin without being oily - 29-04-2018 by

I really like this product, I have been using it in the mornings and find it gives a really nice glow without being oily or sticky. I haven't had an issue using it underneath makeup, but as with most of their products I only use a little bit at a time (2-3 drops) .

Good & well priced - 11-04-2018 by

I'm a fan of the ordinary products and this is part of my ordinary skincare routine. Like all their products, it's very well priced yet still packs a punch
It smooths and brightens my skin and I really believe that this product assists with fine lines.
I only use at night however as the "feel" of the product isn't great and feels a little tacky on my skin. I still use however because it's worth the results

A great vitamin c serum - 29-03-2018 by

I bought this as a way to introduce some vita in c into my skincare. This is a really nice serum, it feels great on the skin and leaves skin looking smooth and bright. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to use some vitamin c as a very nice and affordable serum

High-powered vit-C product - 26-03-2018 by

I love this and highly recommend it for a daily vit-C product. I use this every evening and wake up with amazingly refreshed and brightened skin. I have a small amount of sun damage on my cheeks and this is helping to reduce it. I've just had a couple of weeks of not using it (ran out and it was out of stock) and seriously missed it.

Glowy skin in a bottle - 19-03-2018 by

The only other vitamin C product I have used is the Flash facial by REN which was water activated.

I have noticed after I use this that my skin is more glowy and bright, however I can only use it at night as it balls up under my makeup or any other skincase, which is annoying.

I generally put this on on a clean face and wait for 15 minutes or so, before using any other skincare. The texture is a little gloopy and sticky but I don't mind if I use it before bed. I also keep this in the fridge to stop it going off as quickly. I would probably try another vitamin C- maybe the Clinique one - before buying this again.

My fave Vit C - 13-03-2018 by

Ascorbyl Glucoside is a stayer in my routine. This was the first product I ever bought from The Ordinary and I'm now on my second bottle. It brightens and smoothes. At first I had a a little sensitivity to it, so I took my time, layered it in gradually and now I use daily..I have sensitive pale complexion, rosacea prone. Blue eyes, blonde hair.

Plump skin - 05-03-2018 by

I have dehydrated skin and read up on which products to use. This was recommended as was The Ordinary Squalane. I bought both and the combo worked well for me. I used this in the morning with a 50+ sunscreen then my make up and my skin felt moist all day but not oily.

Best Vit C Product - 25-02-2018 by

This is the best vit c product I have used. I do not like the silcone one in this range but this one is great.

brightening with a great price - 25-02-2018 by

This is an amazing price for this product- other comparable products would easily be double the price. It is a good, stable Vit. C product. Brightens skin, helps my acne and dark spots fade.

IN LOVE - 06-02-2018 by

Fantastic product. Makes my skin glow and has reduced the size and redness of a large keloid scar on my chest. I’ve repurchased three times and my friends have started using it too. Love it!

Great product - 23-01-2018 by

Not entirely sure what this product does but whatever it is it makes your skin glow!
Love this brand so much - all their stuff is amazing.

Acne scars has almost gone - 23-01-2018 by

This is amazing, after using this my acne scars have really started to fill out more and become less depressed. I love this!!!

Visable difference in a matter of days. - 13-11-2017 by

This vitamin C serum does what it says! Within 2 weeks of regular use my pigmentation is noticeably reduced and skin tone is clear and even. I'm impressed with the results at such an affordable price! I'm looking forward to exploring more of The Ordinary products and will be re-purchasing this one.

Visible difference in a matter of days. - 13-11-2017 by

This vitamin C serum does what it says! Within 2 weeks of regular use my pigmentation is noticeably reduced and skin tone is clear and even. I'm impressed with the results at such an affordable price! I'm looking forward to exploring more of The Ordinary products and will be re-purchasing this one.

Love this serum! - 19-09-2017 by

I have oily skin and a lot of hyperpigmentation from my teenage years and early 20s spent without proper sun protection. Been meaning to try a vitamin c serum for years! The serum feels light on my skin and most importantly after only 2 weeks of using this product my pigmentation is visibly improving- no laser necessary - sceptic no more! And for such an amazing price.

Fantastic product - 02-08-2017 by

If you are looking to even your skin tone I suggest you try this!

After using this product for about a week I have already noticed a difference in my completion including
- reduced redness
- reduced visibility of scars

I personally hate the feeling of products on my face so when I tried this for the first time I was pleasantly surprised it sinks in instantly!
(I follow this product with The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors and my skin feels amazing)

I want to be confident in my own skin and this product has definitely put me on the right track!

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