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The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% 30ml

4.5 of 208 reviews


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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.
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  • Vegan
  • Artificial Fragrance Free
  • Sulphate Free

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  • Age Prevention

Skin Concern:

  • First signs of ageing
  • Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
  • Wrinkles and loss of firmness

Skin Type:

  • Dry
  • Normal to dry
  • Normal to oily
  • Oily

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The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Reviews

4.5 of 208 reviews

93% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Lovely and brightening


This was my first vitamin C product and I have found it has brightened my skin. I read that some other people have found it tacky, but I've had no problem at all. I use it after my thinner serums and before creams.

Most Helpful Criticism

Really sticky


I didn't get along well with this because it was way too sticky/tacky when it dries down. It made it hard to layer products with it and made my hands very sticky as well. The vitamin C in it made my face brighter very quickly so I don't doubt it works well, just not for me due to the stickiness.
  1. Lovely and brightening


    verified purchaser
    This was my first vitamin C product and I have found it has brightened my skin. I read that some other people have found it tacky, but I've had no problem at all. I use it after my thinner serums and before creams.
  2. A really good & affordable vit C product


    This was my first vitamin C product and I have found it has brightened my skin. I use it every morning and let it dry for a minute as it's a little sticky and wet, before applying SPF. This is a great price point however I'm curious to try another brand like SkinCeuticals to see if it's stronger and worth the money once this bottle finishes.
  3. Really sticky


    I didn't get along well with this because it was way too sticky/tacky when it dries down. It made it hard to layer products with it and made my hands very sticky as well. The vitamin C in it made my face brighter very quickly so I don't doubt it works well, just not for me due to the stickiness.
  4. Noticeably brighter skin


    Have noticed brighter skin over a few months, I use this in the morning paired with TO Lactic 5% at night and have seen great results, so will definitely keep using

    Only small issue is this product can pill sometimes so if you wear makeup could be a bit of downside
  5. Great value


    verified purchaser
    I really like this product and it is fantastic value for money. Brightens my skin. Would recommend
  6. It peels off :(


    I was so excited to try this brand in general because of all the great reviews, products and price. But when I tried using this product plus other ordinary products, it started to peel off my face and leave white residue (which was really noticeable due to my dark skin) Not sure why it does that. Now I have to find another brand to replace these products I bought
  7. Perfect for Sensitive Skin


    I was using the L Ascorbic Acid Powder which I loved in terms of results, but it irritated my skin, I switched to this formulation upon recommendation and am happy so far. It doesn't brighten my skin as much as the powder does but it still has a brightening effect. Best of all, I have experienced no irritation whatsoever.
  8. Vit c for sensitive skin


    Was nervous using vit c for my dry and sometimes sensitive skin. No reactions which was great and noticed my skin became more bright and radiant with use. I think this a great introductionary product to vit c
  9. Amazing


    Was an amazing product I love it so much created amazing changes in my skin and evened skin tone
  10. Worth the money


    Great for whitening. I am combination skin and this works so well for me. Absorb really quick. And this is my third bottle within the 5 months and I already switched 3 shades of my foundation!!!
  11. Love it


    When I got a facial I was told I should use a Vit C serum and was recommended a very expensive one from Dermalogica. That really wasn't in my budget so I did some research and found this! So glad I did! This is an affordable product with powerful ingredients.

    The Ordinary is making good skin, and good skin-care accessible for people like me who grew up thinking that was just a thing...
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  12. Amazing product!


    I have very sensitive and dry skin and this vitamin C works wonders on my skin!
  13. Bright and light


    I've been using this in the morning along with other The Ordinary products in the evening. It's got a lovely lightweight consistency and soaks in immediately to my skin. No issues following up with my usual day cream.

    I've definitely noticed improved pigmentation after using this consistently.
  14. Love this!


    Love this product, great value for $, really brightens my complexion, feels great when it dries
  15. Loving it


    I was hesitant to believe if this stuff would actually work, but thought I’d give it a crack for the price. Could be a mixture of things but I haven’t had a pimple since I started using it & my skin feels super radiant. Will definitely keep using!
  16. Good Quality


    The product's high quality, indicated by professionals. It helps a lot to keep the skin healthy and smooth. The only thing about it, it dries fast, so is easily spreadable if used with a bit of another face cream.
  17. Beautiful results


    The serum is really effective after 2 months' use. My skin has visibly brightened up and my skin tone around my cheek area is a lot more even and I've already purchased my second bottle.
  18. Use with caution re pH of skin


    It IS good for brightening, but only use twice a week if you are also using another Vitamin C serum on every other day. Can be irritating, but use with a hyaluronic moisturiser afterwards & follow with night cream.
  19. comfortable vc derivant


    No stinging and high potency water based serum, its a different product standing out of other the ordinary vc serum. And also, would be most friendly to sensitive skin.
    I can use it everyday AM, and also with other product, not fight with other products. Great and will repurchase it.
  20. doesn’t help


    i have been using this and not much has changed
  21. Nice one!


    Wow, this is what was missing from my routine all along! I never used vitamin C serum before and my skin has been looking pretty dull. After using this product for the past week I’ve already noticed my skin looks heaps nicer, more even and clear.

    Can’t compare the effects to any other vit C products since this is my first one, but I’m happy with the results I’m getting for the price.
  22. Too early too see any changes in pigmentation


    After 2 weeks of use cycling between other serums, it hasn't seemed to have changes. However, i have sensitive cheeks and it hasnt given me a reaction which is a plus. It is easy to put on and dries quickly.
  23. The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside solution 12%

    Tanya B

    The clean lines of the packaging of all The Ordinary products makes it appear to me to be no nonsense on the box and all the money spent for the products them selves. This product is a powerhouse in an amber bottle. Gets straight to work on brightening of skin and pigmentation. This stabilized Vitamin C takes a little while to brighten but it does a big job for a little price and does show brig...
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  24. Great addition to my morning routine


    Been using this in the mornings in addition to Buffet and Hyularonic Acid. It makes my moisturiser apply smoother meaning I have to use less. I definitely feel like it’s brightened my skin and helps it stay moisturised throughout the day. The texture is really thing and applies nice and even, I only need about 3 drops
  25. Lighter and brighter


    Have been using this in conjunction with a selection of other products from the Ordinary. Found my skin to be brighter, plumper, more hydrated and my scaring and lines seem to be reducing.
  26. Lighter and brighter


    Have been using this in conjunction with a selection of other products from the Ordinary. Found my skin to be brighter, plumper, more hydrated and my scaring and lines seem to be reducing.
  27. Great option for beginners


    I had heard great things about the ordinary range and this is another trusty product. I have combination skin and wanted this for brightness it delivers! Works great with the ordinary buffet I use this in the mornings and the retinol emulsion at night. I am knew to using vitamin c products in my regimen and so far I Love it!
  28. Helps my pigmentation


    Affordable vitamin A serum that I use each morning under my moisturiser.
  29. Superb


    First time using this product and absolutely love it. Skin looks so evenly toned. Have been using for a few weeks now and will definitely repurchase. Goes on nicely, you don’t need a lot of product to cover face and works into my skin so nicely. I’m a big fan of The Ordinary due to price point and have highly recommended everything I’ve used.
  30. Glow!


    Wonderful Vitamin C serum and you can't beat the quality for the price.
  31. So far so good!


    I haven’t notice a massive difference since starting to use this product, however, I’ve only been using it a couple of times a week. Planning to increase to every second day to see if I notice more of a difference. Consistency and application is easy
  32. Couldnt go without


    I use this serum every day, its super gentle and has never irritated my skin. my skintone is glowy and much more even since using this
  33. Great even for sensitive skin


    I have sensitive Rosacea skin, I had no irritation from this at all. Drys down quickly so you can do make up straight after! I have used vitamin C before but it was a while ago so this is perfect to build my tolerance back up! Lovely product
  34. Great for oily skin


    This serum is light and hydrating, and it does not break me out! Perfect for oily dehydrated skin! It seams to be improving my uneven skin tone too.
  35. Nice product but no WOW factor


    I bought this product after finding that my skin was too sensitive for more potent vitamin c serums. The texture of this serum goes on really nicely, though I find that it remains somewhat tacky on my skin after it has dried, as though it hasn't absorbed very well. That being said I have noticed my skin is brighter and the texture more even, as well as reduced redness.
  36. Love The Ordinary


    I love The Ordinary products for their versatile and affordable range. This is one product I use as part of my routine everyday and I have seen more results with The Ordinary then other serums five times the price. Highly recommend them.
  37. Gentle Vit C serum


    After debating about which TO vit C product to try first I settled on this. It has a beautiful thin texture and sinks well into the skin. The fresh orange smell is a bonus too. I haven't experienced any irritation or sensitivity. A great beginner's vitamin C serum.
  38. Brighter skin


    Bought this more for fine lines, and as I’ve only been using it daily for two months it haven’t seen much difference, but I have noticed my skin is much brighter and clear
  39. Good intro to using Vit C


    This product is nice and light, and absorbs really quickly. I use it under moisturiser and spf.
    I’ve never used vitamin c serum before so wanted something light, I think next time I’ll go for a stronger concentration.
    It’s great value for money and a good ‘intro’ to vit C.
  40. Great value


    It's not as potent as other Vitamin C I've used, but I can definitely see that it has been brightening my skin. I think I would purchase a more potent serum next time, but it's inexpensive and a great way to ease into using Vit. C.
  41. So impressed


    I purchased this about a month ago and I have been really impressed. I use it in the morning before my spf. I find the texture, as long as you use just a small amount, is lovely, it soaks into my skin instantly. I also love the smell - it’s kind of nutty and I look forward to it in the morning. The results have taken a while, it’s been a slow burn, but now I think my skin really is looking brighte...
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  42. Very good product


    I really like this vitamin C, it's not too oily and absorbs into my skin very nicely. I enjoy putting this on after washing my face in the morning, then layering it with sunscreen and makeup. The only issue I have with it is that it will make my makeup a bit oilier than usual. After using it for a few weeks, I really enjoy the brightening effects on my face.
  43. Well worth the money


    Small bottle but a little goes a long way. Worth the money
  44. Good


    I like the consistency and it absorbs into the skin nicely leaving my skin bright but I haven't seen any other results. I have been using this for over a month now and will continue to use it.
  45. Unsure


    I like this but wouldn't say it is amazing. I haven't noticed much of a different so unsure if it is working and I have been using it consistently for a few months now. In saying that, it feels nice applying in the AM after my cleanser and before my moisturizer. Price point is great however I probably wont repurchase.
  46. Vit c for sensitive skin


    I have used a 4% vit c serum before (poor result) so wanted to increase the strength but was worried about chemical burns due to my sensitive dry skin. I am so happy with this product I have had no irritation and my skin looks brighter! I have even had compliments on this. Is now a staple in my skincare regimen.
  47. Good for hydration


    I've used this for two months now as part of my morning routine and it leaves my skin hydrated. Make sure you use it as recommended by the Ordinary. Only downside is it is a bit small.
  48. Like it


    I enjoy the texture of this Vit c and mildness of application. I add a little 23% Vit c to up the ante. I’m not sure how much good it’s doing after 6 months of use, but it’s inexpensive and I figure it can only help with sun protection.
  49. Changed my skin for the better


    I love this..it brightens and refines my skin..it never has looked so good..and its almost after the first use.. good to wait a bit before adding another cream on top as it can pill..but wait 5 mins and i found it fine..i have re bought this many times
  50. New addition to my skincare routine


    I’ve heard lots of things about how good vitamin C is for your skin, but I’ve never tried it before using this product. I love how it has made my skin feel and look, and it has worked so good combined with the other products in my skin care routine.
  51. Great


    This ordinary product is great and it has made my skin brighter and helped my skin stay clear
  52. Lightweight, silicone free Vit C derivative


    I dislike the feel of silicone on the skin, so although the higher strength Vit C serums usually come in silicone as Vit C is reactive with water, this product does the job for me. As a Vit C derivative it can be a water based serum, which I find feels so much lighter on my skin and absorbs well. I definitely notice more radiance and glow when I started using it. Just pop on in the morning under m...
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  53. Great product


    I really love this product. It has evened out my skin tone and improved my complexion in general. I did get a small amount of sensitivity at first, but I don't think it was from this specific product as I had changed a few things at once and it went away when I altered the use of another product.
  54. Not quite for me


    I’ve used most of the ordinary’s products - normally pretty happy. After taking a break from vitamin c for the last couple of months I decided to reintroduce it into my routine with this. Unfortunately it broke me out, and I know for sure it was this because my skin has been crystal clear/blemish free for ages and this is the only thing I’ve added. Didn’t sting or cause any redness and a great tex...
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  55. Vitmain C Pro


    This was the 2nd Vit C product I tried, the first being the magneisum ascorbate. This is defintiely stronger and I use this daily in the morning, with niancimide in the pm.
    My skin complexion has greatly imrpoved and pigmentation has reduced
  56. Amazing


    This helps fade acne scars and is super gentle on irritated or sensitive skin. A great vitamin c product for anyone who has never used vitamin c.
  57. Acne's Worst Nightmare- bye bye blemishes!


    Definitely a staple product in my skincare routine. I use this in rotation with Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and its amazing for my adult acne. It clears up spots overnight, brightens my skin and leaves it more even-toned.
    I don't even know how many bottles I've bought, possibly on my fourth!
    The packaging is great- yay reusable glass bottles! and its great value for money considering ho...
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    I apply this every night, before my heavier serums and moisturisers. My skin is slightly sensitive, and I loved this serum. The next day at work, two people complimented on the brightness of my skin, and that I had a little glow. This serum was the only new thing in my skin regime - so pretty quick results!
    Absolutely love this, and would re-purchase and re-purchase, especially at this amaz...
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  59. Brighter


    This product has definitely brightened my skin and it feels so smooth. I happily apply this product in the morning, follow by moisturiser and then apply my make up as normal.
  60. Glowing skin!


    This is a great vitamin c for sensitive skin - leaves my skin glowing and clearer each morning! Love it!
  61. Glowing skin!


    This is a great vitamin c for sensitive skin - leaves my skin glowing and clearer each morning! Love it!
  62. Brightening but dry


    This is a fantastic product! It has brightened and cleared redness due to pimple scaring - improved much more than expensive LED facial treatments. Great product, however it can feel dry and tight if worn solely on its own.
  63. Happy glowing!


    This product will brighten your complexion without any consequences. It has a lovely consistency and generally just feels quite nice to use, and in the morning you will notice that you look a bit more alive. Great product!
  64. Great


    This makes my skin look very brightened and it has helped my complexion a lot
  65. Good for people on budget


    This is great for people on a budget or new to skincare, as it gives you an insight into what Vit C can do for your skin. When used regularly this makes your skin appear brighter and even.
  66. The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%


    This product is great for brightening and giving the skin a smooth even texture.
  67. Brightening


    Beautifully brightening, and gentle on my sensitive, dry skin. Easy to apply
  68. Best budget Vit C


    This is the best vitamin c product I’ve found if you’re on a budget. I used this when I was a student and found it increased glow and reduced redness/uneven skin tone. Since I’ve started earning I’ve switched to a more expensive vitamin C (skinceuticals which is 10 times the price of this product!) but would highly recommend if you’re on a budget.
  69. Calm and effective


    What I love about using vitamin C for skincare is that it's an antioxidant that helps brighten skin plus prevent aging. This vitamin C is very calm to my sensitive skin, so I guess it would be great for anyone. The packaging is very important for vitamin C and this bottle is perfect to protect products from UV. I use this in the morning to help enhance the protection ability of my sunscreen. I'm s...
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  70. Winner!


    This is the 4th Vit C I’ve tried from the ordinary & it’s my fave so far. It goes on beautifully over the niacinamide/zinc serum & I think together these products are awesome! My skin is definitely brighter & clearer, there are no sensitivity issues & no conflicts with other serums. Thumbs up from me!
  71. Great Product - good dupe


    I was using a vitamin C serum by Trilogy, which I really liked but it was very expensive, small bottle and you only got 2-3 weeks use out of it. So I decided to try this product and I am so impressed. For a start its much cheaper than the Trilogy product, but I think it works as well. It's gentle on my skin, texture feels nice and doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky. I use it every other night al...
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  72. Brightening and Whitening


    Vitamin C where have you been all my life.. My skin improved very quickly after using this every morning. Skin is looking nice and bright, I love it!
  73. Brightening and Hydrating


    I found this product has really brightened and hydrated my skin within a couple weeks of using it. Compared to a lot of other more expensive serums that contain similar ingredients, this has definitely come out on top.
  74. Even skin tone


    I'm using a few new products at the moment, but I feel that the serum has had a positive effect on my skin tone. I'm often a bit red and blotchy, but have been waking up with much more even skin tone. I have sensitive skin and haven't had any reactions so far.
  75. A good starting point


    If you’re new to skincare and you want to see what works for you without shelling for the higher end products that people rave about the results for (drunk elephant C serum for example) then this vitamin C derivative is a great place to start before upgrading once your skin starts changing.
    If your skin is already accustomed to vitamin C you’re likely not going to see spectacular results fro...
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  76. Lovely

    Neysa ilayne

    Feels nice. Keen to see some results over time
  77. Amazing!!!!


    I use this product in the Am every day and it makes my skin glow & look so much brighter. I highly recommend in the first signs of aging, to even out your skin tone & give your skin that glow. The price is just an added bonus.
  78. Solid Vitamin C Serum


    This isn’t, by any means, the best Vitamin C I’ve used, but it is a solid serum that is perhaps best suited to those that are new to using Vitamin C. I didn’t notice a huge amount of improvement in my skin from using this, but it was mildly hydrating and wore well under makeup.
  79. Instant results


    This was my first time using a Vitamin C serum and I have to say, I'm thrilled with the results. Its not sticky, absorbs easily and feels lovely on the skin. Within a few days of using the product, I was receiving complements on my skins brightness. Will definitely repurchase.


    I get so excited when it’s the night for this solution, I’m obsessed with how glowy it makes my skin! It’s great for someone who hasn’t used vitamin c before. A massive concern for me when beginning my skincare journey was how dull my skin looked. This product has definitely made my skin so much more brighter and more lively!
  81. Great for acne prone skin


    I have used most of the Vitamin C products by the Ordinary and this is the one I keep coming back to. Something about it seems to stop my acne prone skin from breaking out. I notice my skin texture improves when I use it and it gives me a nice glow. Works well under makeup in the morning (no pilling - woohoo) or at night. It would be great for those new to skincare or those with sensitive skin - I...
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  82. Can't believe I wasn't using this earlier!


    I love this product. It's light, doesn't hurt the skin, and since using it my skin has been so bright, has a nice natural sheen, and much less oily. It's helping my control hormonal or oil produced break outs, and acne scarring. This is essential for ones skin care routine, and for the price you need it! I use this in the AM, and The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% in the PM. Together these are...
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  83. Light and not oily


    Light and not oily. Leaves your skin feeling a bit sticky but this is quickly absorbed in a few minutes.
  84. LOVE! I was getting compliments on my skin one week after using!


    This product is amazing. Made my skin so much brighter after one week and 100% evened up my skin tone. I tend to get some pigmentation patches on my cheek bones and usually have an uneven tone across my cheeks, but this has definitely improved since using this product. LOVE
  85. LOVE!!


    This is a great introduction to vitamin c serums, perfect for sensitive skin as its not too harsh, I use this morning and night and my dull complexion brightened within a few days of use, will continue to repurchase!
  86. Good for clearing scars


    I've been using this product for about 6 months - I originally purchased it to help clear up acne/hormonal scarring that I get around my jawline and it really did help with that. It brightened up my skin and slowly, slowly my scars are fading. The only thing I don't like about the serum is the texture and initial feel on the skin. It's a bit sticky/tacky for a little while before it settles. Not a...
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  87. Holy Grail Vit C


    I've tried a few different Vit C serums, and keep coming back to this. It works beautifully, layers well, and my skin loves it!
  88. Bought this to use after laser


    I have been doing the laser to remove my pigmentation. As I red vitamin c breaks up the pigments cells I have bought this. I apply the post laser skin where the spots are darker and sensitive. So far ok but not sure if working on the spots specifically.
  89. Good basic product


    This product has been enjoyable to use, and I feel as though my skin is improving over time with use. It doesn’t irritate at all, and the price is amazing for the product. I found a tiny bit of pilling/stickiness, but nothing that is bothersome. Layers well with other products eg. Moisturiser
  90. I look awake!


    I feel as fresh as a daisy and a few years younger after applying this serum in the am. I’ll continue using this product as it seems to even out and brighten my skin. The results for me have been great!
  91. Brightening


    Think this product is best using as a build up. Very happy however now as it has brighten my skin.
  92. Good replacement for more expensive products


    I've been using other Vitamin C serums in the morning that are a fair bit pricier. trying to cut my beauty expenses and gave this product a try. It goes on well. No smell. Not drying. Layers well with other products. It's not a 5 star product, but does the job if you're on a budget.
  93. Great first vitamin c


    I found this to be quite gentle. If you haven’t used vitamin c before then this could be a great starter product. I moved on as I prefer a way more potent vitamin c serum but this was great when I started
  94. Gentle


    Great vitamin C that is gentle for beginners. Results take a longer time to appear though. I like that this is non irritating on my sensitive skin
  95. Good quality vit c with no yellow mess!


    I’ve used Body Shop vit c before and had staining issues. I have used this product morning and night for 3 months and no issues, just beautiful, bright skin. I find I can get a little oily during the day, but this product dries out well, using one drop on my face and neck along with the ordinary the buffet.
  96. Perfect choice for a Vit C


    I have been using this for a while now and it gives my skin the most beautiful glow in the mornings when i put it on, I was actually recently told that this could be used with The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% and WOW have they made a difference together. I use the Glucoside first. This by itself makes my skin glow but in combination with the Resveratrol and Ferulic Acid its made my sk...
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  97. Satisfied


    I have dry skin. This serum a little thick but absorbs quickly. Been using it every morning in summer and autumn. Now in winter Im using another Ordinary serum .Vitamin c is essential and this is so affordable and great for my skin will definitely return for more.
  98. Love


    Been three weeks now and I have noticed my skin seems as if it is glowing!
  99. Reduced the life of breakouts


    I've been using this for just over a month (now it's empty) in combination with the Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5. I have oily / combination skin, some pigmentation and am prone to breakouts. While I don't think my skin is noticeably different, I do feel like my blemishes disappear more quickly since using this. I still get breakouts but the pimples disappear within a day or two without getting 'angry' -...
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