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The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

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The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% by The Ordinary


The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% is a water-free, silicone-free stable suspension. 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.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% 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.


To learn more about how to navigate this brand, click here to read our skincare guide on The Oridinary.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% is ideally applied at bedtime.

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

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Stings at first but definitely see an improvement - 20-11-2018 by

This really stung my skin the first few times I used it by I was prepared for that as I'd read other reviews. I wanted to use this to help with pigmentation - i have an obvious dark mark on my cheek and i've noticed very slight fading of it in the 4 weeks i've been using this almost every night. I mix it with my Vit. C serum (also from The Ordinary) and that minimised the stinging. I've also noticed my skin is a lot brighter and smoother looking. Great product and well priced.

Tingles but does it work? - 20-11-2018 by

This review covers the following The Ordinary products:

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA 100ml
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

I was recommended The Ordinary products by a friend who also has dry, sensitive skin prone to redness. I'm male, 50.

When trying new products I try to get all the recommended products within a brand's range to give it a solid go. The first thing about The Ordinary products is trying to workout exactly what was suitable for my skin. Adore Beauty has a guide on its site but I also did a lot of Googling and came up with the list above.

Price is obviously an attraction to this product line. I've been using the products for about a month now & am really struggling to see any benefit particularly as I've experienced things like 'pilling' which I'd never heard of or experienced before using The Ordinary. It's really annoying & the only way around it is to use only one oil based product at a time.

My morning routine is buffet, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid followed by the moisturise & eye gel. Most of these serums are gel based and while they soak in quite well between applications they leave my skin feeling tight so I have to put on my regular other brand moisturiser.

In the evening I omit the niacinamide and put on either the Magnesium or the Vitamin C oil based creams. I then finish with another brand's moisturiser.

Perhaps it's too soon to see any results but I definitely need more moisturising creams than these water based serums. I like The Ordinary moisturiser which absorbs well while still being lightweight. The serums leave my skin shiny which I don't like & they don't calm any razor burn even if applied over my post-shave balm.

I'm still undecided as to whether I'll buy these products again. If I do it will be because of the price & I might regard them as 'fertiliser' nourishment for my skin rather than an everyday routine.

Great value - 19-11-2018 by

I have some intense pigmentation on my thigh and this has finally gotten rid of it! Very happy given price as I do need to use a bit more than I would if on my face.

just looking to purchase for the first time. - 19-11-2018 by

Don't have a review as I haven't tried these products yet.

Wanted to love it..... - 19-11-2018 by

This was one of the first Ordinary products I tried and I really didn't like it.
As a lot of other reviewers have said, it's quite a gritty consistency and felt quite "oily" on my my skin. I ended up only applying this at night but still hated waking up with a "greasy" face. It felt quite rough on my skin too.

Eventually I read that adding a bit of the Natural Factors moisturiser + HA to this made it less gritty (supposedly dissolving the roughness) but I didn't find much of a difference.

For reference my skin is oily/combination and I sometimes get a few breakouts; my age is 29.

It took me forever to get through this bottle as I wanted to use it less and less. I won't be repurchasing.

Gritty - 16-11-2018 by

This product feels quite gritty to rub in and tingles and feels quite warm when i initially work it into my skin. My skin is quite sensitive and i have pigmentation and textural issues. I feel like my skin has a bit more clarity since using. I would however source a different product once this is finished because the grit makes it feel too rough to use on my face

No mircale, but I do like it - 13-11-2018 by

I've been using this for about a week, mixing in with my moisturiser as it was stinging me quite a lot when I tried it on it's own. I'm going to keep increasing the amount until I can use it on its own.
I wouldn't say I've noticed any kind of miraculous change in my skin but I think my complexion has improved and I feel more comfortable going no-makeup.
I don't like the smell and it feels weird on your skin...kind of like a slippery powder. But I put it on before bed and by morning there is no residue on my skin.
Overall I think it is good value for money and I'm happy with the results so far.

Really works! - 13-11-2018 by

This product is so worth it! The price is extremely affordable for everyone and really works to brighten my skin in the morning! It does sting a little and you may have to get used to putting it on however it really works. I put it on at night under moisturizer.

Ease in - 12-11-2018 by

I love this product, i would recommend easing in slowly to using this, a small amount at first, then leave it a day or two. It does sting, but eases after a min or two. If it continues to sting wash it off.

Brightening - 12-11-2018 by

Smooths and brightens skin. Better to use at night as it doesn’t work well under makeup.

Good for the price - 07-11-2018 by

I bought this to try instead of my usual vitamin C serum because of its great price ($100 cheaper than my usual one). The packaging is good. It has a slightly gritty feel in the skin but nothing unpleasant. I found that it stung quite a bit the first few times I applied and it would randomly start stinging again every now and then. My skin concern is pigmentation and it does seem to be helping with it already. I noticed my skin does look brighter after use too. I think It is a great option for the price.

Left me with red patches on my face for two days - 05-11-2018 by

Used as directed and it left me with stinging burning sensation for while. My face had red rash and spots after use especially over my cheeks. Added moisturiser as recommended, it only enhance the stinging again. Have not tried it again. So dissapointed , I bought this as I had high expectations of vit c for brightening. Got this as you dont have The Ordinary HA and arbutin for brightening and pigmentation on this website. (sad face) Now I can't even use this. I can't take the burning...

easy to use - 05-11-2018 by

Great product.I like that its easy to use more than the powder.good reults smooths and evens my fair skin and sun spots are fading..

The Ordinary is anything but - 31-10-2018 by

I can’t recommend The Ordinary enough. The price is phenomenally affordable. The products honestly do as they promise.

Greasy texture - 30-10-2018 by

I do not have sensetive skin. There was a tingly feeling within the first minute of applying the product which I can deal with.However, It feels like the product can never be aborbed completely by my skin. It wears terribly under other skin products...I tried 3 sunscreens on top of this product, they all balled up. Would not re-puchse.

Takes some getting used to! - 30-10-2018 by

I see great results from this product. My skin is a lot smoother and brighter and much more even toned. Having said that it does take a while to figure out how to best use this product because the slight gritty consistency can be really annoying. I found it sits awful under makeup because it peels and flakes off when trying to put on foundation or concealer.

The best method that has worked so far for me is to apply a hydrating essence after I let the product sink in for about ten minutes. I find that it really smoothes out any of the grittiness and makes makeup application much more smoother. Or even mixing it in with your moisturiser and waiting about 5-10 mins for it to absorb.

I will probably move onto other vitamin c products after using this up but for the price this is a great introductory product If you are just starting to get into vitamin c products.

New favourite step in my routine - 29-10-2018 by

When I first tried the product I was using it at night after my salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid, it was super stingy and uncomfortable and made me want to itch at my face all the time. There was a week where I was about to give up on the product. I then switched up my routine to use it in the morning after hyaluronic acid (some say don't use in the morning because the texture is grainy, but it works for me) and it's been amazing! If it started stinging I put my primer+foundation on earlier which settles my skin. I've been using the vit C for around a month now, and I don't feel it anymore! The site and descriptions say 1-2 weeks, but for me it took around 4 so it does go eventually. Overall, loveeeee it (my skin is also super clear now ty)

So glad i bought this - 26-10-2018 by

I've been using this for almost a year, and can definitely say that it's helped me with hyperpigmentation, and achieving glowing and natural "glass skin". While the product stings upon application, this can be combated by combining it with your daily moisturizer. The stinging stops quickly and does not leave my face irritated or red. I honestly don't know what I'd do without this in my morning routine!

Liquid Gold! - 23-10-2018 by

I absolutely love this product and have recommended it (and The Ordinary) to a dozen friends who have also adored it. It goes on with a slight sting (which I use Alpha-H Moisture Boosting Facial Mist to soothe). If my face is particularly neglected or dirty I will immediately feel clumps form and rub off my skin. While it does sting, my skin is not at all irritated after and feels incredibly smooth, clean and soft.
I would recommend using before you go to bed as it looks quite greasy (though doesn't feel greasy). 10/10, my skin has improved ten fold over the last year + of use along with The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane. Acne gone, skin smooth and glowy!

Next day results! - 22-10-2018 by

I absolutely adore this product, i have moderately sensitive skin and there is a slight tingle i have bee using it now for a few weeks and i did experience slight tingling sensation at first but it went away quickly particularly after using NMF i would highly recommend this! i see visible results of firm glowing skin every day after i use it i love it! addicted and excited to see such incredible and noticeable results so soon after use! yey, another ordinary win!

Great for clearing up problem skin - 19-10-2018 by

Excellent product and great for those with acne troubles. I've just been using this product for about a week now and have noticed a difference with less breakouts and fading of post acne dark spots. The first time I used it the texture put me off but I have gotten used to it. I found the texture to be quite liquidy with a slight roughness when applied to the skin. I don't really notice too much of a scent, niether good or bad.

Gritty feeling but amazing result - 18-10-2018 by

I use this in the PM after TO Hyaluronic Serum (but more recently after the Estee Lauder Recovery serum which I had a sample of). It goes on gritty and feels like it's never going to absorb in, but I wake up the next morning and my skin feels softer and brighter. The negatives are a small price to pay for that feeling the next morning! I wouldn't use in the AM. It took me forever waiting for it to sink in so I put apply moisturiser! Definitely recommend people try this product!

Reduces fine lines - 18-10-2018 by

This product isn't for the faint hearted. The first few applications left my skin stinging and gritty but I soon learned how to apply it so neither would happen.

I found if I do a quick sweep of my face, it wouldn't sting. I would also avoid rubbing it in as I found rubbing it caused the grittiness. As for the results, I do see that my forehead wrinkles aren't as visible. They are still there but it's not as deep.

Clear improvement in skin texture and complexion - 17-10-2018 by

I have acne prone skin with inflammation. This product stings quite a lot when it goes on but only lasts about 10 seconds, it has a strange, grainy texture. I really like this product and feel like my skin has improved in over all texture and hydration since I began using it. Fantastic product for the price.

Stinks - 16-10-2018 by

I love most Ordinary products and use many religiously for the past 2 years. But this one is a fail - it’s completely siliconey, pills easily no matter how much it is babied, and stinks. That fermented smell.

Also it turned my fair NC15 skin orange on my face and hands when I was particularly dry. It oxidises very fast.

Sleep while the magic happens.. - 15-10-2018 by

Love it! My skin feels brighter and clearer. Using in conjunction with three other ordinary products. Slightly grainy and I would recommend as a night routine addition. I know Some people would dislike the grain but I love it. Just love waking up this week to get that freshly washed feeling each morning knowing I had all that goodness doing it’s magic while I slept. Heading over to do a second order, then doing a total bathroom cleanout.

Not Sure - 15-10-2018 by

First Vit C I've used and I'm a little ambivalent to this one. I really don't like the grainy texture and the oiliness that remains. I've noticed my skin brightening up in the morning but I'm keen to use it all up soon so I can explore other Vit C products by the ordinary.

Tingly and so brightening! - 15-10-2018 by

This is an excellent product at an excellent price, and I tell so many people about it. If you can bare the tingly, almost stinging sensation, you will reap the rewards. I have sensitive skin and it isnt too much for me to handle, but you do need to make sure you stay out of the sun or apply a good sunscreen afterwards as it does increase photosensitivity. I love the Ordinary, and this product is excellent - highly recommended!

Nice, but stings a little - 12-10-2018 by

I have this quite nice to use, but it can initially sting in certain areas of my face. This doesn’t last long though. Face feels nice after a while as well

Best Vit C i've used - 11-10-2018 by

Really impressed with this formula. It stings a bit and dries to a tacky finish, so best suited for overnight wear. The next morning once i'd cleansed, my skin was super smooth and glowing. Not to mention my foundation applied flawlessly.
I started off mixing 1/2 vit c with 1/2 gentle moisturizer until my skin built a tolerance (was fine to use 100% after one week)
My new HG!!!

Love the product - 02-10-2018 by

I quite like the moisturiser, I've been using it for the last week and it really absorbs well into my skin giving it great hydration. I would defs re buy again!

Effective but stingy - 02-10-2018 by

I found this product to be effective but I can’t stand the stingy feeling in my face for a short time after application. It’s mostly around my nose, for some reason. I still use it sometimes - mostly when my skins not dry at all because I think it makes it worse. If you are of the beauty is pain ilk, it really does make your skin look more youthful and plump.

fantastic - 02-10-2018 by

Great product, yes, a bit gritty but find that an extra as a duel product of exfoliation
of skin. Very good product and so pleased I have tried 'The Ordinary" as no cost for fancy packaging, just a good product without the hype

Totally recommend - 01-10-2018 by

I'm using this for being a month and I have started notice in my skin appearance and it is looking improved than before.No itching,no reaction,its best.

Makes a difference straight away - 27-09-2018 by

This is a very good product very affordable and I noticed a difference to my skin after the first night more clearer and brighter. My skin can be sensitive but this product was good. I will keep buying this.

Awesome product at a great price! - 25-09-2018 by

I could not recommend this product enough. It is super cheap but so effective! Since using it I have noticed that my pigmentation from old acne scars has noticeably faded. Although the texture is a little grainy, I find if I mix it with a little bit of a hyaluronic acid serum it soaks in well.

Texture... - 24-09-2018 by

It works I think, my skin became brighter but I didn’t really enjoy this texture.

excellent for dry to normal skin - 24-09-2018 by

I had great results!! This is a new add to my list. For dry skin, this is a must but if you have oily skin, I would recommend over night as it looks like a bit oily.

Absolute gem - 20-09-2018 by

This product is a stand out in The Ordinary's range. Sure it feels a little grainy (but grainy goodness!) and stings for a second (particularly if you have broken skin or a recently-squeezed pimple), but it works. My skin is bright and glowing the next morning and I've noticed a massive difference after using it consecutively. Just make sure you wash your face thoroughly the next morning - it leaves a residue smell. But you won't regret it!

Effective, but texture is unpleasant - 20-09-2018 by

This product has helped improve the appearance of my skin, although I find the consistency and texture not very pleasant to put on. It feels somewhat grainy and I wouldn't wear it during the day with make up, even though the product recommends using it in the day or night. I just use mine at night.

Not sure.... - 20-09-2018 by

This is one of The Ordinary products that I'm not sure about. I find it very oily/greasy on my normal skin. I have resorted to using a small amount in the morning before I go to the gym, on top of the HA + B5. I find it does 'wake up' my face in the morning.

Fantastic - 19-09-2018 by

Fantastic brightening product that is so cheap! This products really plumps the skin and adds a radiant burst. I mix it with my day moisturiser as it does tingle a little until your skin adjusts. I've had no side effects or redness and I am now on my 3rd bottle.

Great product!! - 18-09-2018 by

This product definitely refines and brightens the complexion....the grainy texture is not that a big issue given the results it produces...i love this product and would really recommend it !!

Terrible texture but effective - 18-09-2018 by

This product is excellent in terms of effectiveness, especially considering its low price point. I found it helped to reduce scarring and brighten up my skin tone very quickly. Unfortunately the texture is awful and will most likely prevent me from repurchasing. It pills extremely easily and I end up with little balls of it all over my pillow.

If you do purchase this product, some tips that I've followed to get it on with as little pilling as possible are: apply Hyaluronic Acid first to prep the skin, shake the tube before squeezing out only a tiny bit, pat (don't rub) it on to your skin, leave for 20 minutes and then apply a thick-ish moisturiser (not a serum) to help absorb the powder left on your face.

unbelievable - 17-09-2018 by

this is the first product from The Ordinary I tried, and I immediately rushed back for more. I noticed a significant brightening effect immediately after the first application, and now I combine with the Resveratrol/Ferulic Acid. I started off using this every night, as the stinging subsided pretty quickly, and I didn't notice any actual irritation at first, but my skin is quite temperamental, I have some recurring eczema patches, and eventually it flared up again. So now I definitely do not use this every night. if you have sensitive skin, this may be okay for you, just use in moderation. otherwise one of the other formulas may be better. Hylamide C Booster is great, and no irritation or stinging but for the price and the strength, this is the ultimate!

Early days but so far so good - 17-09-2018 by

Fair, light freckles, dry skin with some oil in t-section
I started using this product about 2 weeks ago. I apply this after 'the buffet' and with Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%. At first it seemed to irritate my skin leaving it quite red so I tried applying without the Resveratrol and found it was the vitamin c causing the irritation, however I have now incorporated a hydrating mask once or twice a week and its seems to have resolved the irritation. Now that the irritation isn't an issue my skin is starting to look brighter and more plump! A few more weeks of use and I'll have a final opinion but I am enjoying the early results of the product.

Great for pigmentation - 09-09-2018 by

I love this vitamin C serum it is the only thing I have found to reduce my melasma pigmentation from pregnancy I have been using it for a month have already noticed a huge improvement in my overall texture of my skin

Love it despite the texture - 05-09-2018 by

You don't buy this particular vitamin c for the texture or feel of it on your skin. It has a very grainy texture and does cause some tingling on the skin, but it is highly effective. I don't mind as I know it means the product is doing it's job! If I mix it with the Buffet Serum or the Moisturising Factors then the tingling goes away. Will definately continue to use considering it is one of the stronger Vitamin C's in the range.

It works - 05-09-2018 by

This vitamin C works well on my skin compared to other vitamin C oil or serum. Use less than a pea size. It is very powerful.

Effective, but hard to use - 03-09-2018 by

My skin looks amazing after using this, but because of the texture I can only use it at night as the last layer in my routine. It's also too harsh and drying if I'm already using other acids.

Great results, gross texture! - 28-08-2018 by

This product refines and brightens my complexion. The product becomes gritty as you move it around your skin, it can tingle a bit as well - it is worth it for the results! Great price point too!

Great - 27-08-2018 by

Mixed feelings, I've seen a change in my skin, but I'm not the biggest fan of the formula texture, it leaves my skin a little greasy. I'd avoid if you get oily easily.

Leaves My Skin Glowing - 24-08-2018 by

this product is overall awesome. It tingles/stings slightly at first but it makes my skin glow and makes it look really healthy. A little goes a long way so it feels like a steal for the price point. It feels slightly oily so this may not be suited for people with oilier skin types.

not a fan of the texture - 24-08-2018 by

I think I've tried about 4 or 5 different vitamin C formulations from different brands but I really didn't like the texture of this one. It felt slightly oily and grainy. Although it was effective enough I didn't purchase another tube.

slight stinging and gritty feel - 24-08-2018 by

feels gritty and has a every so slight stinging feeling. but works wonders

I like it, seems to be working - 23-08-2018 by

I was unsure about using this range purely because I like to use organic & natural whenever possible.
My skin is maturing with a bit of post acne scarring, occasional hormonal breakout and slightly large pores and so susceptible to blackheads.
Anyway it seemed the natural and organic range I was using had run its course and I'd heard about this range.
I must say I'm quite happy with the results so far and have only been using the product for a few days.

First time using Vit C and yet to see results - 22-08-2018 by

Ive been using this for about a month now and yet to see results. Ive heard it can take up to 6-8 weeks so well see. Its a bit itchy when I first put it on but that goes away after a few mins.

Wanted to love this - 20-08-2018 by

I really wanted to love this! I love Hylamide's victim c serum, and tried this one (same company!) bc its a LOT cheaper. Was hoping to be able to switch over. I did like the tingly feeling it gives you (it makes me feel like its working) and I like that it has HA to combat the drying. But overall, I just like the texture of a serum so much more - this one is more like a light cream, but it's a little grainy.

The Ordinary Vit C - 20-08-2018 by

I love this product. Have just purchased my second bottle. And it is exactly half the price of the same product on a chemist shelf.
I don’t use it every night and have noticed the difference in my skin , especially the small dry, flakey , sun damaged areas on my nose and on my upper chest .. it really has a strong sting on my skin at times that can last about 20 minutes, and if that’s too much I apply a moisturiser over the top of it. The more I use it the less I feel the sting. My skin feels smoother and I think looks a little brighter.
I have 58 year old combination skin with a little sun damage and some pigmentation( I hate to say, “ age spots”) I can honestly say this is a great product for my skin.

There are better products out there for me. - 20-08-2018 by

I inherited a nearly full tube of this after my daughter couldn't use it - it was way too harsh for her sensitive skin. I have much tougher face, so swapped the my Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% for her Vitamin C 23%. Boy, did I lose out on that one! She was thrilled - the AGS12% is much gentler (and works a more slowly). The first time I used the VitC23% it hurt - so much that I washed it off after 10 mins (I've never had to do that before). After that I used much less and buffered it with moisturiser, and after a couple of weeks could use it neat. I found my skin was greasy after application, so only used it at night. Once the tube was finished, I was actually pleased to see the end of it.
I did see fast results from this, but it's not worth the irritation or greasiness. Back to my AGS12%!

Great long term use, can sting initially - 20-08-2018 by

Initially, this product stung and felt grainy but overtime, after using only at night, I felt my skin was less rough and looked brighter. Definitely worth if you are committed to using for at least 4 weeks.

Amazing product! - 20-08-2018 by

Have noticed a visible difference in the redness and pigmentation using this. My skin looks younger and much more supple

I love it!! - 16-08-2018 by

From the very first use, I noticed a difference straight away. My skin was a lot brighter and clearer. Even my first selfie looked amazing afterward. I will definitely continue using this.

An excellent vit c product - 16-08-2018 by

I've heard that I should be incorporating vitamin c into my skin routine. I am wanting to brighten my complexion but wasn't sure what to buy. I love The Ordinary products so it was a no-brainer to try this product. The price point is great too! I used it every morning for 2 months and definitely noticed a change in my complexion. It's now a staple in my routine and I definitely recommend this!

Great for brightening - 16-08-2018 by

This product really helped to brighten up my combination skin when it was looking a bit dull. It stung the first few times that I used it.. but my skin eventually got used to the vitamin C. The texture isn't great for during the day (a bit rough and sandy) - so I keep this for my evening routine and use the 30% in silicone for the day time. However, I prefer the texture of the 23%.

Burns a lot - 16-08-2018 by

Skin type: sensitive and dry
I tried this like the instructions said but it always left a stinging sensation on my skin which made it really sensitive and red.

It would probably suit normal skin types that can tolerate harsh creams. It smells nice and I did notice my skin was brighter but it was too painful to continue to use

Works but a little oily - 13-08-2018 by

I have been testing all Vit C products by the ordinary and although I like this product and can see + feel it working, I'm not sure about the consistency as it feels too oily for me to use it during the day. For this reason, I end up using it on the PM only but a great product overall.

Great value Vit C - 13-08-2018 by

Ive only tried a few Vit C products and this one is by far the cheapest and I would say does the same job as the others. I haven't had any irritation. I prefer to use in the PM because i find the silicone and gritty residue doesn't make my foundation sit well. Good buy if you want a serum for brightening the skin without the side effects of strong Vitamic C. This brand does have a few strengths to choose from. I recommend using the Vitamic C buying guide to help with choosing which strength is best for you.

Not Good - 13-08-2018 by

I would never ever recommend this product due to the following reasons:
1)causes massive breakouts especially small white bumps like closed comedones under the skin and also proper acne pimples
2) very very oily even if you use the size of a pin head
3) need to apply on wet face otherwise will never absorb into skin and even then wont abosrb fully into skin leaves an oilly film all over face.
4) Mixing it with hyaluronic serum by same brand wont give any benefit
5) Pills like crazy with any other product especially inconveneint as it is not moisturising even though it is oily and so you cant apply any moisturiser on top as it will pill.

It does what it claims it does brighten skin but effect is only temporary it goes away as soon as you stop using it and side effects and inconvenience of use is not worth it all

great vit c product - 08-08-2018 by

I use this product on my neck to even out my skin tone. It has a gritty texture and stings for quite a while after applying. Been using it for a week but I haven't noticed any difference in skin tone. Perhaps it will take some more time for the results to show. My only gripe with this product is that it takes quite for awhile to be absorbed into my skin.

Definitely feel it working! - 02-08-2018 by

I didn't think I was going to like this when I first used it. As others have said, it's gritty - I thought maybe I'd confused it for an exfoliator, but that seems to disappear as it works into the skin. The tingling.... It takes a bit of getting used to. It's pretty intense, almost like tiny pin pricks over the face. The first time I used it, I put way too much on my face and it really stung. The second time I only put a pea sized amount and mixed in a few drops of my other oils I use. This seemed to help and makes it less irritating and the sensation didn't last as long either. On the plus side, my skin feels amazing after using it and definitely looks brighter and healthier. It's too early to tell if it's making a difference to my fine lines, but I'm hoping it will! My skin is on the dry side but this feels very nourishing and isn't drying on my skin. If you can stick out the initial discomfort, it's worth it!

A must have! - 31-07-2018 by

I use this product after I exfoliate my skin with clarisonic and it is amazing! It stings a little and a little product goes a long way. It makes my skin supple and plump. I highly recommend this product.

Good but too grainy for everyday comfort - 30-07-2018 by

This is an alright product, but still to grainy, use only on days where in you know you need to put make up I thought I could use it underneath my make up but no.

LOVE THIS - 27-07-2018 by

I am in love with this product. It is fantastic at evening my skintone and texture. It tingles a little, which is exactly what activated Vit-C should do! :) Love this.

Great product - 27-07-2018 by

After using this product consistently for a few weeks, I have definitely noticed my skin is clearer and brighter. It does not sting my sensitive skin. I use it before bed and wake up with vibrant hydrated skin. Love this product, would recommend it for anyone!

Brightened dull skin - 25-07-2018 by

I initially did not like this product and didnt feel like it did anything, however now after about 6 months of intermittent use (once or twice a week), I can say I actually LOVE it. It is grainy and does sting the heck out of your face when you first use it, but if you persevere through that, I felt like my skin became so much clearer, brighter and just overall more vibrant the next day. I usually use it at night after washing, toning and using the 100% plant derived squalane oil, applying a small about to my fingertips, rubbing them together then patting into my face.
It does feel gainy at the start, but it eventually does soak in to your skin. I also dont use any other serums on the nights I use this to prevent any reactions, and I make sure to SPF in the mornings.

Stung - 20-07-2018 by

I put this on my slightly broken skin to reduce the appearance of dark spots. I have olive skin so when my skin heals
It has quite dark scars. It really stung when applied to my skin it brought tears to my eyes, it didn’t absorb into my skin and later that night I ended up scratching of clumpy layers of it as it kind of clumped together. It clumps worse if you have another skin product on your face. Yet somehow I would say my skin wasn’t any worse in the morning.

Product review - 18-07-2018 by

Didn’t really do much for my skin and the tingling sensation remained quite a while after first applying. Skin doesn’t appear brighter since using it 3 months ago

Affordable Vitamin C - 16-07-2018 by

I have been through several tubes of this serum. When I first purchased it I thought it was revolting- gritty, oily and stung. But after persevering with it, I have figured out the best way to apply it to my dryish skin.
After cleansing and spritzing distilled water on my face, I apply an HA serum, Matrixyl Serum and then smear on a pea-sized amount of Vitamin C. That way it doesn't sting and it doesn't feel quite so gritty. I finish it off with a decent amount of moisturiser and my usual 2-layers of sunscreen and my face is happy for the day.
It's an incredibly basic formula, but because it's both accessible and affordable as well efficacious I will continue to purchase it and use.

I know its good but too tingly for me - 12-07-2018 by

I love active products and the tingle is normally a good sign. I find the tingling too much for me. As a result I prefer other of TO products to this.
While I'm sure if I stuck with this for longer, the tingle would stop. Problem is there are way too many other amazing TO products to use instead!

Value and results - 12-07-2018 by

I’ve only been using this for a few days but I’m impressed. The texture is slightly gritty but not uncomfortable. You only need a tiny bit of product. My skin feels a bit smoother and brighter already.

As usual a great product by the Ordinary - 12-07-2018 by

I have tried four of The Ordinary products now and I have loved them all. I love the tingly feeling and my face look so amazing the morning after my first application.

Not for me.. - 09-07-2018 by

I have combination dehydrated skin and I needed a product to help with my pigmentation. When I first tried this, my impression was that it was very grainy and it was annoying to apply. I felt tingling on my skin and each time I tried it after that, I dreaded the tingling. Eventually, I stopped using it and moved onto a different vit c without tingling.
It didn't do much to my skin after a months use consistantly so in this case, I do not reccomend.

Feels horrible - 09-07-2018 by

This is so hard to bare with on your skin. It feels like an oily greasy combo to the extent of feeling like you’ve just applied to chapstick straight to your whole head, and then it has this gritty quality about it too. It’s really horrible. Put the product on last and feel like you need to shower again

Love this product - 09-07-2018 by

Yes is does sting when first applied, best to use a small amount. Like all other The Ordinary products I have tried it does what it claims

No significant improvements to the skin - 08-07-2018 by

This didn't cause any irritation to my sensitive skin but improvements to skin tone or texture were not significant after 3 months of daily use.

Not for sensitive skin - 06-07-2018 by

This product is probably too strong for my sensitive skin, does feel almost like a burning and irritates the skin for short period of time. Unfortunately it just does not suit to me. Also I will not recommend this under the make-up as the foundation does not sit on it very well, at least with using silicone based primer.

Works well on fading my freckles - 02-07-2018 by

I can't live without my niacinamide as I have bad enlarged pores, but this baby works so well I sacrifice every third night to it. It stings when you first start out, but in a good way ;)

Order this today - 29-06-2018 by

I am in my 40’s and have just started to use this product. Instantly I noticed fantastic results to the texture , plumpness and brightness of my skin.. it was unbelievable... I should of purchased this years ago .. best product I have ever used

Works Instantly - 28-06-2018 by

I started using this product two weeks ago and my skin looks amazing. I had really bad acne scars before and they're all fading so much! It definitely burns a little and is a little annoying to go to bed in but worth it.

Excellent! - 27-06-2018 by

I get a slight tingly sensation when I use this product, it can be quite painful over sensitive areas (though I can get around this by mixing it with moisturising cream). I am mid 20s and started using this to slow down the signs of aging. It works excellently with Retinoid. My skin is so smooth after use. I can visible see dead skin peeling off my face. It's quite greasy though and should be used last. I've also noticed my skin is brighter!

really tried to love this product - 27-06-2018 by

I think this is an effective product. I did notice an improvement in my "glow", but I just couldn't get past the texture. it feels gritty going on, and just leaves an unpleasant feeling on your face. if you can handle that, you will like this product. definitely a no go for sensitive skin.

Not for me - 26-06-2018 by

I try this product so many times, but always with the same result , not for my skin.

Great - 25-06-2018 by

Stings a little if you rub it in but if you pat it in it doesn't sting at all. Noticed a massive difference in my skin's brightness and love the texture/consistency.

Great after derma rolling - 25-06-2018 by

I'm in my 60's. I use this on my body after derma rolling as it doesn't contain water. It's a bit greasy and sometimes stings a little but not too much. i haven't used it on my face as I use skinstitute vit c powder. It is very economical. I don't really have a problem with the grittiness- I've bought loads of this. The only criticism is it yellows my nails a bit like all vitC. I am trying to keep clear nail polish on to see if that prevents it. I will keep buying it.

Not for me - 25-06-2018 by

I wanted this to work! Unfortunately my skin just hated it. I waited for the tingly feelings to disappear but even when i mixed it with a moisturiser, it continued to feel like it was burning my skin.

Definitely not for me! - 21-06-2018 by

I was so excited to try this product after reading many great reviews. Unfortunately for me after using this for 2 weeks I had to stop and ended up giving it to a friend! She said it worked well on her skin however my skin is quite dry and very sensitive so this product was a bit too intense for my skin. I have several other products from The Ordinary which have done wonders for my skin so surprised this didn't work wonders!

Caused blackheads and whiteheads - 21-06-2018 by

I really hope to have a great experience with this product given the reviews (and the price!) to treat my post pregnancy pigmentation and lack of even skintone. However it did not agree with my skin.
It stung my skin (I have mild rosacea and it can be sensitive) every time I applied it and led to the development of blackheads (which I can't remember every really having!) and small whitehead like bumps all over my cheeks.
I did not notice any brightening effects and as such I stopped using it (and my skin cleared up back to normal).
I love the idea of The Ordinary for affordable skincare however I have yet to find one product that is effective and agrees with my skin.

better products in the range. - 21-06-2018 by

This stings my face (I'm not sensitive ) and its a grainy texture that doesn't feel nice. prefer the bit c serum though lower concentration.

A bit too intense for sensitive skin - 20-06-2018 by

I've just finished using this entire cream and even after almost 3 months of using it I still cannot apply the cream directly onto my skin as it will burn and irritate the skin a bit too much to be comfortable.

Normally I use it mixed in with The Ordinary's Rosehip Oil which also helps dissolve the vitamin c and get rid of the 'granulated' texture of the cream. It does brighten the face but I would opt for a serum or another vitamin c cream over this in the future.

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