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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.


Ascorbic Acid, Squalane, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Coconut Alkanes, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucomannan, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trihydroxystearin, BHT.

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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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