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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.


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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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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.

Great product, texture could do with improvement - 19-06-2018 by

This product has enhanced the radiation of my skin. I notice a glow when the day after using it. I use this product at night time every 2-3 days. The texture is a bit grainy and therefore I would not recommend using it during the day or under makeup.

Mixed feelings ~ - 19-06-2018 by

I have been trying to use this product for months now but the tingling and gritty texture just puts me off. Accidently swiped this over a newly budding pimple and had to quickly stick on a pimple patch in case it grew bigger. Not sure how good the brightening effect of this is on the skin because it stings too much when I apply it therefore I haven’t been using this regularly to see results. If you have less sensitive skin and can bear the stinging then you will probably see better results than me

Amazing product that instantly brightens skin - 15-06-2018 by

I found that this product really helped to fade my stubborn post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. It also helped brighten my skin. The texture took some time to get used to due to the grittiness but overall it improved my skin tone

Instant results - 14-06-2018 by

This is a super effective product! my skin is radiating from using it.
It is strong but gentle enough to use everyday if need be. I use it twice a week. It has amazing results so far and it's only been 2 weeks!

So clear - 12-06-2018 by

This would have to be my favorite skincare product at the moment. I've started using it every night and my acne and sun spots have dramatically improved. Next day my skin looks brighter and younger and so glowy. It does sting if you have sensitive skin or any broken skin but does subside rather quickly. I will certainly purchase again.

Not for oily skin - 12-06-2018 by

This is a cheap and simple vitamin C cream. I used it for a few weeks before trying Hylamide C25 and not looking back. The 23% Suspension did really help to fade some pigmentation from acne, and just generally made my skin look 'brighter'. I just didn't like the texture on my oily skin - it's fairly thick and moisturising, and never completely sunk in or stopped looking shiny. The issue with graininess that some people have reported only seems to happen if you rub it in - if you gently pat it in there's no problem. It can sting slightly if you regularly use chemical exfoliants (BHA/AHAs) like salicylic, lactic or glycolic acids, but the stinging can be reduced by patting in an oil or unfragranced moisturiser on top.

Nice formula - 11-06-2018 by

I love the formula of this. Very different to over vitamin c serums. TO has so many formulations for Vit C so will definitely try some others. It comes out as a milky cream/gel and spreads over the face like an oil/serum ( hard to describe) Yes it has some grittiness to it but nothing major. I only use this overnight as the texture and finish will not work well with layering. TO are big on layering skin care but I prefer to use 1-2 times a week. It can sting for a minute upon application but it subsides. I actually mixed this with half a scoop of the Ascorbic Acid powder and it stung! Like really stung but that combination gives me such a glowing smooth complexion the next day. I can’t use this all the time because it breaks me out - Coconut Alkanes - is the culprit. ( also in serum foundation)

Great for pigmentation and base! - 11-06-2018 by

Having oily skin, this product was amazing for mattifying my skin for an under makeup base. Applying it on my skin where I have enlarged pores, I definitely noticed a difference with my make ups staying power. Also over time I noticed my overall pigmentation reduced and any acne scaring was also cleared up. I did feel a slight tingly sensation when applying so might need to dilute if you have sensitive skin

Amazing - 05-06-2018 by

My husband accidentally purchased this for me instead of the niacinamide serum so I began using this instead for my dry normal acne skin. At first I noticed how tingly it felt and slight stinging but read that it was normal, after a week or so of using this I can see dramatic results my skin is smoother, my post inflammatory hyper pigmentation is clearing up faster and I’m not getting the clusters of hormonal pimples around the jawline. I will be purchasing this again once I finish the tube

works great but pills - 04-06-2018 by

This product works well for vitamin C, i use it after my serum and moisturiser just before I go to bed. Only issue is I cant really rub it in cause it pills all the other products underneath, so I have to sort of like push it in with my hands. The product is so cheap though that I dont mind and the packaging is really easy and convenient.

Unsure - 02-06-2018 by

The jury is still out on this one. I've find the product pills when layered over other products, even when I've waited until they're fully absorbed. I don't find it to be gritty like others have mentioned, but it is quite oily so between this and the pilling so I can only use it at night. I'm not sure I've really noticed too much of a brightening effect, or much difference in my acne scarring as yet but I will persevere and finish the tube.

Not for me - 01-06-2018 by

I have normal skin which can be a bit dehydrated. I am in my early 30s so tried this for its brightening properties, particularly as I was preparing my skin for being a bridesmaid. Unfortunately after a short time of using I started developing cystic acne. Once I ceased use this did start to improve, and it was the only product in my skincare regime that was new. I think this is one of those products that probably works great for some people, but my skin was too sensitive for it (even though I don't consider myself to have sensitive skin, I have had reactions to other products in the past). I passed it onto a friend (with full disclosure of my experience) so hoping it will work for her!

Clarity with a capital C - 31-05-2018 by

I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to jump on the Vitamin C bandwagon.
But, I'm so glad I did. Although the texture takes a little getting used to (it's quite gritty, which I actually don't mind and I believe there are other Vit C products in the range that are just effective and less gritty), the benefits have been noticeable within about a week.
I only use this every third night, rotating between my The Ordinary Retinoid and a face oil on the other nights. I massage the serum in, using Meghan Markle's aesthetician's face sculpting technique (it actually makes a difference!) and the results the following morning are very noticeable. My skin is smoother, tighter and brighter than it has been in a long time.
As always, full marks to The Ordinary for being a committed cruelty-free brand.
Would pay twice the price for this little gem.

Amazing product that actually works - 29-05-2018 by

I have purchased this Vit C a few days ago together with the Buffet (another best seller from The Ordinary) which is the perfect combo as recommended by Adorebeauty specialists (thank you again!)
AND I love it, it tingles for a few seconds which is sign that it works (in my brain) AND
my skin looks more juicy and bright.

The texture is creamy and perfume free which I prefer for skin care.
Amazing product for the price.

Love it - 27-05-2018 by

Im a big fan of this product. I have found that it has helped even out my pigmentation from pregnancy and also with my uneven skin tone. Ill aply it at night time after the buffet and in the morning i love to look in the mirror and take note of how much smoother my skin is looking. Its visibly plumper and im happy to go without makeup now days as i have really noticed the changes. I alternate with the retinol 2% and that is also doing wonders for my skin. You cant use the two products at the same time as they counteract each other

Fantastic product - 25-05-2018 by

This product is great especially if you're new to actives and Vitamin C products.

I have combination skin which is acne-prone, and this has kept all my breakouts at bay. I have acne scarring and a scar on my chin where I split my chin open and this product has worked WONDERS in clearing those up! My acne scars are visibly shallower and I cannot believe how much my scar has smoothed out and how its discolouration has gone away.

It does sting a bit on application, especially if you have sensitive areas with pre-existing pimples or acne, and it can feel itchy, but it does settle down after a bit.

I don't mind the grittiness but this product does pill with a lot of my makeup products (most of my makeup is water-based and this has squalene in it) so I just use it at night time.

I've been alternating between using this and TO retinoid emulsion at bedtime and my skin has never looked so clear and glowing.

Ok - 18-05-2018 by

One of the first products I used, I feel as though it worked although I havnt bought another one ! I don't mind the grittiness but found it a bit greasy so only used when I wasn't going out

Better for drier skins? - 17-05-2018 by

This is the only product of The Ordinary's that I've had an issue with. I don't mind the texture and the 'grittiness' that other customers have pointed out, but it broke me out in little white pimples on my chin when I used it for the first time (mixed with The Ordinary's Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%).

Given that I haven't had a reaction to the Resveratrol + Ferulic Acid when I've used it in the past, I can only assume it was the Vit C Suspension. (The former is oil-free, whereas the Suspension contains squalane as the 2nd ingredient). It's all a bit of a mystery, as I haven't necessarily had problems with squalane in the past... but considering I don't "break out" at all anymore, I reluctantly have to conclude this product was the culprit.

I think I'll try mixing L-Ascorbic Acid Powder directly with the Resveratrol + Ferulic Acid and see if I have better luck that way. Oh well, considering that I've never had a problem with a single other product by The Ordinary, they'll still doing pretty well by me!

You can feel it working - 16-05-2018 by

It did sting the first few times I used it, but after a few uses it doesn't sting but you can feel it. I had to do some googling to figure out how to properly use this cream, as no matter what I did it would cause pilling with other serums or it just would sit on top of my skin. What has worked for me is mixing a very small amount of this Vit C with my normal HA, and then it sinks into the skin beautifully. It's a bit too early to tell if it's made a significant difference, but I'm happy to keep trying it!

LOVE - 16-05-2018 by

This Vitamin C serum is beyond amazing, I apply this at night and when I wake up my skin is glowing and also very hydrated. It is a gritty formula so I apply this as the last step in my skincare routine as anything applied on top pills for me. I am on my second tube and will continue to repurchase this.

Great price point and works! - 12-05-2018 by

I really liked this, as other reviews states, yep, it does sting, but it's not that bad really and it does have an unusual texture, it's not something I would ever use during the day underneath makeup, but I would put it on after my nighttime routine and go to bed, I always woke with nice, supple skin!

Not great for me, but worth a try for the price! - 11-05-2018 by

This product wasn't a winner for me, but if you're looking for a Vitamin C product it's worth seeing if this will work for you as it's so affordable!

I have normal-sensitive skin with a bit of redness and some light scarring from previous acne. I have quite reactive skin (goes pink for a minute even after cleansing with Cetaphil) so was wary trying this. Though I went a bit pink after my first use (as expected) I didn't experience any tingling or irritation. Allthough there may have been a bit of brightening on my skin which was nice, I did start getting small under the skin pimples in the areas I'd been applying it to. Not sure if it was because of this product, but I've stopped using it anyway. I'm now using other The Ordinary products to brighten and am happier with the results.

Oily - 08-05-2018 by

I'm a huge fan of Vitamin C treatments coz they get rid of my acne scars quickly. I decided to try this one since its more affordable. I was so hopeful but when i applied it, it felt slightly grainy and felt very oily after. I wish it wasn't oily. A little goes a long way. I'm patting tiny amounts on my scars and it seems to feel slightly better. Unfortunately the disappearance of scars take a long time. A bit of patience and method is required.

Good product for the price! - 08-05-2018 by

It has a grainy, gritty feeling to it when you apply and it then sits on the skin a tad shiny/oily. I only use it at night before bed and I find in the mornings my skin is tighter. Have yet to see it make it brighter but I am brown skinned (Indian heritage) and after years of acne it has helped to smooth my skin quickly in the space of using over a week.

Great! But... - 08-05-2018 by

I use this product in conjunction with the Hyaluronic serum and The Buffet and I must say, they are GREAT products. However, after 7 days of using the three products at night (post-cleansing + every 3rd night exfoliating), I woke up one morning with random, very noticeable, extra black heads. These blackheads looked different to the ones I normally get and were very easy to extract --after speaking to my dermatologist, she said that this is my skins reaction to a new regime and is completely normal and not to worry.

After 5 weeks of my skin cells rejuvenating and getting used to the new products, I have visibly softer and healthier skin. Definitely recommend!

Vit c at it's best - 07-05-2018 by

This is one of the more difficult TO products for me. I am not completely sold on vit c for my skin. In saying that, i am currently trying out on of their other vit c products. This one i still come back to, particularly if i am feeling dry. 1. It is gritty. A vit c powder in a suspension so that is to be expected so no faulting that. I beleive thos is the highest concentration of vit c they have (pre mixed anyway as the new powder sounds great and you can create your own) anyway, i played around with the application and i apply immediately after matrixal, argeriline and buffet as i find if I'm still a bit damp it absorbes easier. I use a modest amount and fin that is less greasy. I also occasionally spray a termal water or the alpha-h moisture mist after to help it absorb. For my oily combo skin it is just too oily for day use and too hard to use under make up due to pilling. Initially i did have a gew pimples and i attribute that to a purge which can happen with any active. I do enjoy the sting of application, as many who love actives learn to love. All in all it is a quality product at a crazy great price. I only took a star off as it is fiddly and temperamental on application, feel and is hard to fit into a routine with ease because of this. I am successfully using the gluco 12% in the mornings but feel it is less effective in terms of strength.

Good value - 07-05-2018 by

I’ve been using this product for the last 2 weeks and my skin has already brightened (which is why I was interested in that product in the first place).
No tingling sensation for my part.

Great Product - 07-05-2018 by

I love this brand! everything I've tried thus far (a lot) has worked.
This Vitamin C once applied, has a mild tingle, but absorbs well. I've very sensitive, acne prone (hormonal, post pregnancy) skin. Ive many scars left as a result. I noticed results within the week. The scars certainly have diminished and overall when using this product, my skin appears brighter. I think I overuse products in general and need to remember that more is not always good; so a little goes a long way! I will keep coming back to this product.

It's alright! - 30-04-2018 by

I have dry skin but sometimes it gets oily, VERY acne prone, & prone to scarring.
I find this product stings when i put it on but it subsides after a while. The product doesn't really absorb in properly though. After a while, I still felt that sting (thought it doenst hurt anymore). It would take approx 20 minutes for the product to fully sink into my skin, which is a bit too long for me.

HOwever, the product really brightened my skin & after using it for a few days, I see my dullness gone, acne marks fading.

Be careful - 29-04-2018 by

I've been using this product for about 2 months and I can't say I've really noticed anything dramatically different with my face. This review is more a warning. I don't have particularly sensitive skin so using it on my face tingles but I was ok with it. Last night I accidentally used a little too much so I pulled the product down onto my neck and across my chest. Almost immediately my neck and chest started to really sting to the point where I had to remove the product. Within 10 minutes I had a chemical burn in the crease of my neck like I had been garotted and on my chest I had raised little bumps that look like sunburn and felt like a rash. It was also very itchy. I imagine it's going to take some time to go away. I really want to love this product but so far I don't think it has done much for me and I won't be repurchasing it.

Good for the price - 19-04-2018 by

This product is good for the price, I have been using it for a few weeks and have noticed my skin tone is slowly becoming more even. However, it is quite strong, so sometimes when my face is particularly dry or if I have eczema, I try not to use this product until my skin has been restored.

Stings but worth the pain :) - 18-04-2018 by

This is more of a vitamin C lotion that you can use in your AM or PM routine. It took me a while to get used to the stinging but the effects of using this has been great. I love how it improves your overall skin and works actively to fade the scars.

This is a true winner from the ordinary. I will continue to use this product :) My only recommendation is to sell this in a bottle and not tube due to the watery texture.

Skin looks great - 12-04-2018 by

I've only been using this product for 3 days, however I have already seen results. My skin is clearer & more glowy. I am not sure about the smell though. I seem to get quite a heavy metal smell residual on my hands when I use it. My MUA friend suggested I mix it with my nightly moisturiser to avoid this & since then it's been less of a smell. I'd still recommend it though (I just use it at night pre-bed). I don't find it gritty at all & it doesn't sting my skin.

Great for sun damage - 12-04-2018 by

We never used sun screen when I was growing up and this had a detrimental effect on my skin. I have heard so often that Vitamin C is brilliant for sun damage/pigmentation issues and this product activates rapidly on the skin and has already started to fade some of my pigmented areas.
I would certainly recommend it.

What a difference - 11-04-2018 by

Since using this i can tell a big difference in my skin, its helping me with my uneven tones and general signs of aging. When applying it does cause my skin to go tingly but that goes away within in minuets and then the results start to appear. I use this each night and is the last product i apply to my skin. It does cause my skin to get a bit oily and as i already have oily skin i apply this right before i go to bed BUT the results in the morning are incredible.

I LOVE THIS STUFF! - 11-04-2018 by

This cream is quite intense! I noticed slight irritation around my nose which has constant redness anyway. But used sparingly and on forehead lines and under eye lines, this stuff is INCREDIBLE!!! It literally plumps out frown lines over night! And they stay away!!! I use this under make up and it gives my under eye area an incredible plump sheen that works as an amazing primer or night time cream!

Good for scars, not good for active breakouts - 03-04-2018 by

I recommend that treating scarring with a Vit C and sunscreen in the daytime is a must after years of having acne, but it is a bit irritation to put on which is normal for this chemical. You cannot use it with Nicamide so use this at night and nicamide in the morning to prevent pores/sebum causing acne.

Takes a while to absorb - 29-03-2018 by

Using the product I have found that it takes quite a while to absorb and the oily texture of it can make it difficult to use in the morning if you are planning on putting make up over the top. Would continue to use but will consider a water based vitamin product next time.

Not for sensitive skin - 29-03-2018 by

I bought this product when I was looking to introduce some vitamin c into my skin care routine. The product has a very gritty feel to it which does not go away even after being absorbed by the skin. I find this texture to be rough on my skin when I’m rubbing it in. This is quite strong, and I found it to harsh for my slightly sensitive skin. I would possibly use this occasionally to exfoliate and give the skin an extra boost, but definitely won’t be continuing with regular use.

It does wonders for your skin - 29-03-2018 by

I am 50, breaking out from hormonal surges and have combination skin and I find that this product helps my skin issues. Furthermore it is antiaging, due to its effect on collagen and plumping up the skin. I do suggest that with this product less is more, otherwise it will sting and furthermore it is best to use in the morning with an Spf50 product such as dermalogica dynamic skin recovery, one to two drops mixed with will suffice. You will also get double the antiaging effect by using this combination of products and vitamin C!

Great value for money - 27-03-2018 by

This is great and does what it promises. There are several brands that are much more expensive with lower doses of vitamin c. The texture is less gritty if you mix it with your moisturiser. If it stings, use a bit less and build up over time.

Fantastic find - 22-03-2018 by

I am 60 with sensitive sun damaged skin, after using this for a couple of weeks as well as the lactic acid from this brand and I can see a difference in my skin already. I can’t believe something as affordable as this is works so well. My skin feels smoother and looks better than it has for ages. I will be trying more from this range. It does sting briefly but adding a moisturiser afterwards helps this.

Yowzers! - 06-03-2018 by

I have sensitive skin and this TINGLES like hell! However it is worth it to wake up to soft, smoothed out skin. It is very grainy so I only ever use this at night. If you really cannot tolerate sharp tingling sensations, I would advise against using this product otherwise, an effective product for a very good price.

sensitive skin beware - 25-02-2018 by

This works, but I have sensitive skin and it really burnt my skin for 20mins after application, especially my dry patches. All other The Ordinary products I've bought have been great.

You get what you pay for - 16-02-2018 by

I wish I could love this product as much as other reviewers, but there was little difference in the appearance of my skin after using this product consecutively for three weeks. I have combination skin that usually responds well to vitamin c, oils, serums and acids. However, there was no change in my skin. It didn’t break me out though, which I’m always grateful for!

Half half - 14-02-2018 by

I am half half on this product. Immediately after the application skin feels a little tacky and oily with small grit pieces, I use at night before bed. If I use it every 2-3 nights for a solid 2 weeks my skin will look a bit better, acne is less however I do not notice any surface smoothing. For the price it is worth a go to see if it helps you, there are other products I like using more than this one so it is not a go to but I will still use this item occasionally.

Brilliant - 13-02-2018 by

Finally a no frills product that actually does what it says it will !! I am 53 and have oily skin, so, have a combination of skin concerns which include aging, oilyness, and, pigmentation. Have been using this along with several others from the range and am extremely impressed with the results. I will NEVER waste my money on expensive " fancy pants " skincare products again.

Fades freckles - 12-02-2018 by

I found that this was too strong for use on my face, and i really don't like the grainy feeling. I'll stick to using the Ordinary's Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% for my face, but I didn't want to waste this so used it on my arms. After 2 weeks my freckles have faded an incredible amount, so if you can tolerate this the effects are brilliant.

Wow, tingles! - 06-02-2018 by

It’s a great price, like everything from The Ordinary. Other reviewers were right- tingles and gritty consistency. The tingling turns to stinging if you use too much, and doesn’t really stop with addition of moisturiser. Not really good for use in the morning if you are going to put foundation on because it is a bit grainy. It’s good for a bit of brightening and I got a few “you’re glowing” compliments after three days of using this, however it’s not a miracle cream.... my pigmentation/sunspots/age spots (I’m 32) don’t seem to have changed a lot after three weeks of using every second day. Probably wouldn’t purchase again purely to target pigmentation.

Not a nice texture but effective - 06-02-2018 by

This product is really great but I would definitely say you need to have patience and persistence. I have combination, sensitive and acne prone skin. I have been struggling with hormal breakouts off and on for the past 6 years and have tried so many skin care treatments and medications. I bought this product after reading and researching The Ordinary and their products and benefits of using these for treating acne. I decided to give it a go, and I have no regrets. My skin is glowing more and I’m starting to see a big reduction in new acne and it is helping fade my acne scars. I use this product every couple of nights along with salicylic acid 2% solution, granactive retinoid and plant derived squalane or rosehip oil - for hydration. I mix it with my moisturizer which I find helps to change the texture and to stop the tingling feeling. At first I thought it was a lot of products to pile on my skin but it all glides on smoothly and my skin is able to absorb all the products and their goodness while I’m sleeping. I did notice some irritation (dry flaky and itchy) with using this product but I think it is because I was using it too regularly.

Definitely worth a try - 06-02-2018 by

I would recommend using this. Some skins types may not agree but mine is really liking The Ordinary products so I knew it would take well to my skin.

Incredible product - 30-01-2018 by

I was recommended this product when I expressed concerns to Adore Support about my pigmentation and that I wanted something that was affordable but well recommended. I have noticed a different in my pigmentation in that it has toned down my pigmentation incredibly. I use this alongisde ordinary other products.

Fast results but be careful with sensitive skin - 23-01-2018 by

Skin healing
Evens skin tone
Great for pimples and acne
Skin brightening
Only need a small amount

Very tingly on sensitive skin
Can cause irritation if you use too much

I only used this at night and every second day, I feel like this will expire before I use the full amount. It's a great price so not a huge risk if you want to try it out.

Didn’t work for sensitive skin - 08-01-2018 by

I suffer from acne rosacea and sensitive skin and this product wasn’t for me. My skin was always aggravated and red the day after use, and I tried it for a few weeks. But I love this brand and buy some of their other products. I wasn’t too upset that the product didn’t work as it was cheap and I passed the tube onto a friend who loves it.

4 Months Worth. - 28-12-2017 by

A ridiculously affordable product which lasted me 4 months worth of daily use, bar weekends. Onto 2nd tube now.

I'm also mixing it with the same brand Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%. Glides on smoothly together. No irritation nor complaints.

A repurchased product with a smile !!!

Worked Like a Charm! - 19-12-2017 by

I wasn't sure how I would go with this product, as I had read other reviews which were very mixed. But, I loved this! I have slightly oily, olive skin, and have recently been using Benzac cream for acne control. I incorporated this into my night time routine - after toning but before moisturiser. I noticed a difference the morning after the first use! My face was much lighter and more even looking in the morning, and just looked somehow more fresh. Even my boyfriend commented on how nice my skin looked. Maybe if you're not using an acne cream you will need to dilute it or be more careful, but I noticed only a very slight tingling and that didn't last very long (it was actually kinda refreshing anyway). I definitely recommend giving this product a go!

Effective, but gritty - 19-12-2017 by

This works. But I find it gritty and more irritating than the Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate 20% in Vitamin F. I use that now, but this cheaper and possibly even more effective. But, and for me this matters, the texture is worse. The smell is just as bad, but the gritty almost scrubby texture, is actually the problem. The grit does fade away, but I find this drying and unpleasant.
Worth the price, and effective, but I would choose a different texture.

Powerful stuff - saved me $50 on stuff that is not as potent - 22-11-2017 by

This was the 1st item that took me down the rabbit hole that is the amazing Ordinary products - which have transformed my skin!

Ok so when I first tried this, I did the wrong thing and used it 3 days in a row and didn’t dilute it and put it on skin that is not used to acids or strong anything…so knowing what I know now – that’s was the worst idea. I developed a chemical rash which took over a week to go away and looked like I had been sunburnt, but with tiny rash bumps all over my face. You live and learn. At the time of purchase the product was fairly new and the advice was that a stinging was normal and I didn’t realise that it was to be used every 2 or 3 days. Anyway, because I don’t like to waste money (and I had since learned what I might have done wrong), I gave it another crack a few weeks after my skin recovered. This time I applied my water based moisturiser to my face first and then without waiting to let that sink in, I added the vit c (sparingly, as it advises). Any areas that stung, I added more moisturiser to it and worked it in. All good! So now I use it between 1 to 3 times a week. I do like it, however I only do it if I am not going to bed right away as it takes a long time to work in – quite grainy. It does have an oily residue, but in the morning my skin feels lovely and brighter and softer. Do expect some purging (although I started a whole range of things at once, so any number of things could have caused that), but the overall complexion is great from day 1.

Oh and yes the price is exceptional. Since you use this sparingly and only a few times a week, it will last a really long time. I was about to purchase some Vit C serum from a skincare clinic and it was around $60, but was lower strength. The Ordinary appeared at the exact right time I needed them.

GAME CHANGER - 13-11-2017 by

I love this for so many reasons. Such a potent product for under $10! It visibly brightens skin quickly and I feel it really does improve both the tone and texture of the skin.

I cut it with the natural moisturising factors because I don't like the texture on its own but such a small price to pay for the results!

Powerful punch - 13-11-2017 by

I have been using this twice a week, at night, for a few months, to improve pigmentation and acne scars and reduce pores and brighten my skin.

It is really really powerful stuff. I have sensitive and combination skin, but read the reviews of other users, so combine a small amount of this with a moisturiser, and then apply it to my skin. My skin still gets very red on application, but there is little sting if you combine it with a moisturiser like rosehip oil etc.

I wake up with very smooth and soft and glowing skin, and i think it is helping to fade my acne scars as well.

Use well but carefully.

Great results - 16-10-2017 by

Ive seen a brighter complexion after using this twice a week at night (in rotation with the Retinoid Serum) for the past 2 months. It does sting a bit upon application but a pea sized amount is enough for the whole face and neck. Applying Rosehip oil afterwards (as a moisturiser) stops the sting. If you spray on some toner or face mist before applying he cream, it wont feel so gritty on the skin.
I apply at night and do experience a slight 'fake-tan' smell in the morning, but that disappears when i rinse my face after waking up. Would definitely use this one again.

A Definite Staple ! - 10-10-2017 by

My 44yo oily & dehydrated skin soaks this product in without concerns. My skin tolerated the tingle (actually, found pleasurable) on first use. After 8 weeks my complexion is brighter, pores slightly smaller and texture has become noticeably smoother. Affordable, and this will definitely be a repurchased product !

Takes some persistence - 02-10-2017 by

This product has a slightly grainy/oily texture. I found it was only suitable for night time application.
The first couple of times of using my skin tingled and was slightly itchy however this subsided as my skin got used to it

I didn't notice remarkable changes however there was slight improvements in the clarity of my skin. I think it would be really beneficial used in conjunction with a derma roller!

Fantastic results - 28-09-2017 by

I have 52yo skin, and this seems to work really well. Gives it a boost and, yes, like other reviewers have said, it has a tingly feeling, but I love it and would recommend it. I want firmness in my skin and I feel that all the Ordinary products give me this.

My Favourite Active Product - 13-09-2017 by

I love vitamin C and this is a really potent and effective one. It itches and burns the first few times you use it but if it becomes too much you can apply a moisturiser overtop to soothe the feeling - I love aloe vera as its cooling. I can now tolerate this perfectly every second day and it has definitely improved my skin texture and added a glow! I'm on my 3rd bottle. I'm addicted to the slight sting!

Really works! - 12-09-2017 by

I have ageing, blemish prone skin, so it's very difficult finding products which address ageing concerns without breaking me out. This is one of those rare products.

I've been using this twice a week. At first I did get a bit of purging, but it cleared fairly quickly. But even when my skin was purging, after three applications people were commenting on my skin, telling me it was glowing and asking what I was using.

Coming up to a month, the purging has well cleared and my skin is looking and feeling great. It's clear, glowing, smooth and plump. The best it's looked in years really.

Do be aware that this product can sting a little on application. The sensation goes away, but if I hadn't read about it and been pre-warned, I might have panicked and washed it off as the sensation is a bit different to anything I've applied previously.

Visible Results - 20-07-2017 by

I love this product! It's cheap and it works. I have been using this product for a few months now. At first there was a slight stinging sensation. However, I no longer feel it and I can see visible brightening on my skin and a decrease in the darkness of my acne scars. The only con now is my boyfriend complaining of the bitter taste on his lips when he kisses my face after I apply this. Totally worth it!

Where have you been all my life - 17-07-2017 by

I was also sceptical, however I am now a believer. This product is fantastic and I cannot live without it. There is a reason it is sold out pretty much everywhere. It is grainy but I find that this product is gentler than its powder counterparts.
This is the first product I have used which not only does not agrivate severe cystic acne, but actually controls it. It also has a brightening effect which is noticeable almost immediately. Give this product a go, you will not regret it.

Addendum - 10-07-2017 by

This stuff can sting like hell. The first time I used it, it went on for a painful 20 minutes (& another 15 minutes even after a moisturizer). Almost unbearable.
BUT ........
There is a very simple trick that will negate the sting and stop it DEAD in its tracks within 10 seconds!!
And that is - a layer of hyaluronic acid first.
It already contains HA but smooth on an additional layer of The Ordinary's HA Serum first, then before it dries, immediately add the C23 and any burning/stinging is vaporised within SECONDS!! Guaranteed.
Hallelujah (& what a great discovery!!).
Now I can use it and its as comfortable as any soothing moisturizer.
(Or an old pair of socks - if old socks take your fancy).

Use with Care - 25-06-2017 by

This is a “dry” Vitamin C product (which is what gives it stability and stops it oxidising and going rancid). But, because of this formulation, the jagged little Vit C crystals need water or moisture to help break them down. So it should be applied to damp skin, or mixed in with a moisturiser. On many people (myself included) such a high concentration can sting “moderately” right through to “severely” on first application. If the sting becomes a burning sensation wash it off immediately as several reviewers have stated some skin types can experience wind or sunburn-like rashes and redness, irritation, peeling and, in the worst cases, actual burns. My advice is start slowly - once a week, then twice and probably no more than three times a week. Always apply to damp skin, if stinging is a problem apply mixed in with a moisturizer, and only use at night because the texture is oily as well as gritty. Also only use a small amount - too much and it will never absorb. From all accounts the stinging sensation does diminish with continued use.

Milia issue - 09-06-2017 by

I really wanted to fall in love with this product and somewhat did if it hadn't been for my annoyingly crazy sensitive skin. When I apply this product I use a very small pea size amount all over my face avoiding eye area. But form some reason in stil manages to get near my eye area and cause milia. This is so frustrating because I've noticed the milia only occur in my udereye dark circle area and the rest of my face everything is normal and I've tried this product several times carefully avoiding the eye area and it happens every time. Makes me so sad because I can see the product actually works! My face is much smoother and incredibly hydrated and soft in the morning. If it wasn't for my sensitive under eye area this product would be a holy grail. I don't know what to do with it I might have to give it to someone else :(

Never seen a product work as quickly as this!! - 31-05-2017 by

I have sun damage/pigmentation on my chest and some remnants of the "mask of pregnancy" on my face. This product has been amazing. I've been using it for a month now and just bought my second supply. I have been lucky because I haven't experienced any stinging with it, but I had trouble with the first use when the product pilled and wouldn't rub in. I discovered that mixing it with my Retinol liquid solved that problem - or simply dampen your skin with a spray of water first. After the first application I could seriously see results, I woke up looking luminous. I still have the pigmentation, but it has faded by about 60%. The improvements are really obvious & people are noticing it. I use the product daily on my chest and every second night on my face. Wonderful product and amazing price - don't be put off by the texture. If you want something that smells like flowers, takes longer to work and smooths on, buy something else. This is The Ordinary, no frills, great results

Amazing product - 11-04-2017 by

After reading serveral mixed reviews on this product I was a little sceptical, but after trying it out just a few times I'm already in love. I personally don't find the texture to be overly grainy, a tiny bit but nothing significant and I find not long after applying it is gone. I don't think the formula is too oily either as a lot of others have said. To avoid 'pilling' I gently pat the product onto my skin instead of rubbing. The morning after using this for the first time I was blown away my skin looked so much brighter and clearer, absolutely love.

Incredible but use properly! - 14-03-2017 by

This is litterally the best product i have ever put on my skin. Ive bought many $200 plus skin car items yet this is under $10. WOW! Talk about plump, hydrate, smooth, brighten. The list goes on. It is gritty and oily so use at night. I dont feel the tingle but im not sensative. Im oily skinned so use this at night before your moisturiser but make sure you wait 30 minutes for it to soak in because it takes a while being in powder form. Otherwise it will ball up. For all skin types except sensative ppl mix it in your moisturiser until your skin is used to it. Also use less than 5 cents or it will be really oily and take even longer sinking in.

This is the real deal - 13-02-2017 by

I have used vitamin C in the past, the pure powder form so I have been waiting for a product like this to come out. Most Vitamin C becomes unstable and goes a dirty brown colour so it becomes unusable and a waste of a lot of money as it hasn't been cheap in the past.
Be warned only use a little as it spreads and spreads. It also feels very grainy and tingles. After about 5 minutes it settles down and smooths out. This stuff packs a punch. My skin looks brighter which is what I wanted. Highly recommend !

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