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Vitamin C is one of the most beneficial and versatile vitamins you can add to your skincare routine. Known for its antioxidant, hydrating, and anti-ageing properties, Vitamin C can help with skin rejuvenation for a brighter, smoother, and more youthful-looking appearance.

The Ordinary offers a large selection of Vitamin-C-based products in various strengths and formulations for different skin types and concerns.

What is Vitamin C, and how does it work?
Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid and L-Ascorbic Acid, is an essential micronutrient that is present in many foods. When applied to the skin, it can provide antioxidant protection to polluted or sun-damaged skin and prevent free-radical damage. Vitamin C can also brighten, improve uneven tones, and boost collagen production to firm skin for a more youthful appearance.

A Vitamin C serum can also help reduce the appearance of pigmentation and smooth skin’s texture, making this ingredient a must-have in any beauty cabinet.

What is the difference between Vitamin C and Ascorbic Acid?
There is no difference. Ascorbic Acid is simply the scientific name for Vitamin C.

Which skin types is Vitamin C best suited to?
Vitamin C has delivers many different benefits, and can all skin types can reap its rewards. The Vitamin C formulations from The Ordinary come in different strengths and hydration levels to suit any skincare routines.

Is Vitamin C good for acne?
Vitamin C by itself is not known as an acne treatment. However, this nutrient can provide benefits to acne-prone skin. The brightening effect can help reduce the appearance of acne scarring. Additionally, Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties help to protect skin from environmental aggressors.

Is Vitamin C good for scarring and pigmentation?
Vitamin C is known for its ability to fade pigmentation and scarring, so it is a must-have ingredient if you suffer from uneven skin tone or texture. With regular use, it will also help to brighten the skin, further minimising the appearance of pigmentation.

Is Vitamin C good for rosacea?
Vitamin C is available in a variety of strengths, but a low-strength Vitamin-C-based product can help rosacea-prone skin. The antioxidant properties protect skin against free-radical damage to reduce flare-ups and irritation.

Is Vitamin C comedogenic?
Vitamin C is a water-soluble, non-comedogenic vitamin, so it alone does not cause skin congestion.

Is Vitamin C good for wrinkles?
Many anti-ageing products include Vitamin C because it has so many anti-ageing properties, including environmental protection and collagen boosting. Increasing collagen formation improves skin’s strength and elasticity, leaving the complexion looking plumper, smoother, and more youthful. Vitamin C also can minimise the appearance and formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Is Vitamin C good for dark spots?
Vitamin C is an excellent treatment for dark spots, as it will help to brighten the complexion, reduce the appearance of dark spots, and minimise any leftover scarring.

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Recent reviews on Vitamin C products

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
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The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

Great Daily Alternative

Great alternative for day use compared to the more harsh vitamin C serums.
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
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The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

A great starter Vic C for me

I wanted to try a Vit C product, this seemed a good option as I love my other TO products. I have noticed a small improvement in my dullness and mild facial marks after using tis for about 3 weeks, every second night. I will say, took me a while to get the hang on the consistency - I learned it won't pill with further product layers if I mix it in with my HA + B5.
The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%
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The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%

Brightens complexion overnight

This was hreat to moisturize and brighten my complexion overnight. the only downside is that if i used it too many days in a row it did cause me to breakout a bit.

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