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The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

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The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone by The Ordinary


A Water-Free, Stable Suspension of 30% Pure L-Ascorbic Acid in Light Silicones. 

Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and its pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid has been shown to help reverse multiple signs of skin ageing while brightening the skin when applied topically. This water-free formula provides 30% pure L-Ascorbic Acid which remains completely stable due to the absence of water. Due to the presence of very light silicones, this formulation feels smooth on the skin despite the suspension format of the formulation, avoiding the short-lived gritty feeling of our original Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% formula. This treatment is ideally applied at bedtime.

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Note: The format of this formula is a suspension of very fine L-Ascorbic Acid powder and, as such, provides the most direct exposure of extremely high concentrations of Vitamin C topically. With such format, a very strong tingling but non-irritating sensation is expected during the first 1-2 weeks of use until the skin's tolerance to such high exposure is elevated. If the sensation is too strong to tolerate, the formula can be mixed on each application with other creams or serums of your preference.  

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Love the texture - 13-12-2018 by

I love the texture of this product but only use it a couple of times a week. Its quite strong and can cause a little irritation so I don't use it with any other actives but it gives a great glow. Good to use in morning with a Vit E.

Not a fan of piling - 12-12-2018 by

This does feel nice going onto my face, but I think due to the silicone content, as soon as you put anything on top you get instant piling which is very unpleasant. Will be ditching this is in favour of a vitamin C serum.

LOVE! - 27-11-2018 by

I LOVE this vit C. I tried using it at night as recommended, but it seemed like too much of a waste of the glow it gives, so now I put it on in the morning and it makes my skin shine from within. There was a bit of stinging with the first few uses, but now nothing at all. I would recommend this product in a heart beat. It goes on super silky smooth and it's like there's a light inside your skin

Great product - 26-11-2018 by

nice smooth application, has improved my skin tone within a couple of weeks. Unreal for the price. I have spent so much on vitamin C in the past for not as good results. So impressed

Silicone causes piling - 23-11-2018 by

Really great cream, a little bit of tingling but I don’t mind it. The biggest let down it that the however the silicone piles! It feels lovely when you first apply it, however you need to apply it quite softly and you can’t even rub the area more then twice without it piling, so I often go to bed with piling :( Other then this my skin when I wake up is very nice and fresh. I will keep using this until it runs out and switch over to the ordinary vitamin C without the silicone. I would only recommend only using a tiny amount for those with sensitive skin

good product - 19-11-2018 by

I have dry skin and I was looking for something to brighten up my dull skin. I don't really like the feel of this product on, it feels pretty gritty, however, my skin is feeling good and it looks more radiant. I prefer wearing it at night time rather than putting my make up on after it. I feel that it doesn't go on as smoothly after, still a quality product.

Another great product by the ordinary.

A tad too strong for me - 15-11-2018 by

This was a tad to string for me, the even after 3 weeks of use it stung very uncomfortably, I seemed to have increased redness due to the irritation. I have used Vitamin C serums in the past so was surprised.

Highly recommended! - 19-10-2018 by

I have just re-purchased this product after using up Vit C 23% that I found out too gritty with strong tingling feeling after application. I totally prefer Vit C 30% ( not bothered by presents of silicon ), it is smooth, quickly absorbed and seems to be working ( this is my second tube ). My skin is brighter and smoother. Again like Vit C 23% it doesn’t like the HA application before. Saying that - Highly recommended.

Average - still unsure if it does what it is supposed to do. - 15-10-2018 by

I purchased this product as it appears to have the highest level of Vitamin C, so I assumed the results from using this product nightly would be pretty immediate. I'm still not sure what it is supposed to do... fill out fine lines? Brighten overall skin tone? I personally don't mind the consistency of the product (it is similar to primer) and I didn't experience any extreme tingling. I do let it rest on my face for a few minutes before applying my night cream over it. Haven't noticed any pilling. I don't think I will purchase this again unless I see a dramatic difference by the end of the tube.

Has its pro's and con's - 15-10-2018 by

is a great effective vitamin C product, really works to smooth and brighten the complexion, however when i used it with other products is pilled alot, sometimes even when used alone, does sting a little, or alot if youve picked at a pimple or have open skin. a lot is needed to cover the entire face due to the consistency

Silicon an issue - 15-10-2018 by

I am an avid fan of The Ordinary products and are slowly working my way through their range to create something that works for me. Dull skin is an issue and so was excited to trial this product - and unfortunately, I won't be purchasing again.

I understand that the silicon is needed so that the vitamin C can 'exist' within the product but I really didn't enjoy applying silicon to my face, it felt too much like a cheap primer, and I certainly did not like using a silicon-based product before bed. I feel like The Ordinary have other vitamin C-based products that work to brighten equally as well.

Very Good - 11-10-2018 by

Love this product. Feel tingling sensation when I put it on but that's good. My skin is definitely improving, look forward to using it lots.

quality - 10-10-2018 by

I like 99% of The Ordinary products. I wanted to try this to brighten up my face and reduce some fine lines. I have used it once weekly since receiving it. It stings a tiny bit, and does slide around into the areas I did not apply it. I use barrier creams around my eyes and mouth for that reason. My skin is absolutely gorgeous the next day!! Will reorder for sure!

Still early days - 09-10-2018 by

I’ve only used this product a handful of times, but I can see a change already in the brightness of my skin. It does has a sting too it when using only lasting a few mintues but subsided after a few uses.

Good value but not the best formula - 04-10-2018 by

This is really good value for the ingredient, leaves a bit of a tingling feeling but is not too harsh on the skin - be careful with what you mix it with/what you apply afterwards though! The formula is not the best, but still really good value - you need to use this fairly consistently to see some results + dont forget sunscreen

Definite improvement in my skin - 25-09-2018 by

I've used this product for about month now in combination with the Buffet and notice a big difference in the texture of my skin. There can be a bit of a sting, but it's not too bad and signals to me that it's working. I use it at night on mature skin which had patches of dryness and uneven tone. I found my skin was really soft and the texture has improved since using it regularly.

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.

Brightening - 17-09-2018 by

Take it from a senior beauty therapist, ALL The Ordinary products are of GREAT value and true cosmeceuticals. This product gives a high dose of vitamin C, it does sting upon application so it is no weakling! Helps to brighten the skin, use at night if stinging is overwhelming. Mix with Resverstrol and it works a dime

Irritating to the skin - 13-09-2018 by

This product makes my skin break out and is very irritating. My skin turns red and the pimples stay for around a week after using it. I find it more tolerable when mixing with another moisturizer.

Why haven't I been using this for years!? - 13-09-2018 by

My skin is now brighter than it has been in years thanks to a nightly dose of this product! I have dry, acne prone skin which has been riddled with scarring and hyperpigmentation for years. I try to keep to a strict routine of mandelic peels to keep my complexion looking bright, but that process has become a second line of defence to this miracle worker. I can't begin to explain how much this has brightened my skin in a matter of a couple of weeks.
The consistency of this is a little tricky to work with given that it doesn't have a lot of slip meaning I use quite a bit of product. However, for the price point I'm not bothered by this at all.
It definitely has a slight sting to it initially, but I have found it very bearable and mostly unnoticeable.
I'm only disappointed I wasn't incorporating vitamin C into my regime earlier!

My skin is close to being Flawless! - 12-09-2018 by

I am 40 and can say with all honestly my skin is better now than at 30 thanks to 'The Ordinary'. I am using about 5 of their products and they are all showing results. However I believe that it is the 'Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone' has given me the clearest and smoothest skin I've ever had. I have no negatives comments about this product, however I once used an exfoliating mask prior to using the Vitamin C 30%, and the stinging sensation was stronger than normal...but that shows it was working deeper!

Great product - 11-09-2018 by

Have been using this for sometime now and it feels beautiful on the skin. I do feel I am seeing results from using this.

I am 50/50 - 04-09-2018 by

Due to its grainy texture I was a bit hesitant at first as I felt like it would be harsh on my skin. It stung a teeny bit on application bit that went away after a couple of seconds. I noticed it helped brightening up my face somewhat but upon rubbing in my moisturiser afterwards it started to come off...? Like when you erase something written with a pencil if you know what I mean. I am unsure if it is the combination of the vit c and my clinique moisture surge moisturiser or that it maybe doesn't sit the way it should on my skin. However I am using it every 2 days and have not really seen too much of a difference and only just pat my moisturiser on top of it now

It's really good! - 21-08-2018 by

Initially I was nervous to try this as my skin can be a bit sensitive. After successfully using some of The Ordinary vitamin C derivatives (Ascorbyl Glucoside and MAP) I was ready to dive in and use the real stuff. I introduced it very slowly and now use it every second morning mixed with two drops of the Resveratrol + Ferulic Acid. I think the combination of these two (as well as the Retinoid i use in the evening) has had the biggest impact on my skin tone and texture. My skin is brighter than ever and I will continue purchasing this product. (P.S. It does tingle at first - but it's really fine - don't be scared!).

Too sensitive to endure the sting - 20-08-2018 by

The Vitamin C properties of this product makes my skin sting so severely that I was unable to use. I don't recommend if you are sensitive to Vitamin C. I don't enjoy the graininess and oiliness either.

Day time Vitamin C boost - 16-08-2018 by

I have combination skin and use this product if I want a day time vitamin C. The texture feels a bit strange when applying it to the face and can sometimes build up on my finger tips - but it definitely works to brighten the skin and reduce dullness. Plus, it is an excellent price!

Great price point - 15-08-2018 by

For the price, this is a great product. Tingles/stings the skin a little on application but otherwise I haven't experienced any irritation. My only advice would be to make sure to wash hands afterwards (if applying with fingers) - I found that after prolonged use, although the product was only beneficial for the skin on my face, it dried out the skin on my fingers where I was using them to apply it and turned them a fake tan-ny orange colour... wash hands!

Strong - 03-08-2018 by

Not sure about this one. I really want to love it because the finish is actually really nice and smooth. But I feel like it might be burning my skin. Not straight away, but the next day I am very light sensitive, and it almost feels as though the product has something textured in it that is abrasive to my skin. Very strange but I use it quite carefully because of it making my skin very sensitive.

Amazing - 31-07-2018 by

I love this Vit C product. I am a mature lady with pigmentation starting to appear. I have tried many different Vitamin C products but now I have found this one I will stick with it because I am seeing a real difference. It tingles when it goes on but not unpleasantly and slots into my skincare regime with no problems.

Nice product, but others are better - 25-07-2018 by

This cream has quite a grainy texture, but it absorbs quite quickly. I love using quite a lot of vitamin c though and personally prefer using The Ordinary vit C powder as you can control the amount you mix in, this would be valuable for anyone who has sensitive skin. Overall it's not a bad product but I doubt I'll get it again as I will stick to the powder.

Not sure of its long term effect - 24-07-2018 by

This product does make my skin feel smooth after use but ultimately, I hoped it would help with making my skin tone more even (I have mild hyper pigmentation issues) and lighten dark spots but so far, no real noticeable difference here.

It does cause mild irritation around my eyes so be careful when applying to delicate areas.

Less gritty and more spreadable than the 23% - 20-07-2018 by

I wanted to try this vit.c suspension as the 23% one was difficudifficult to spread, so I had to use a lot unless mixing it in with another serum. This one is way less gritty and spreads evenly, though I don't like the consistency when mixed with my other serum, so I've decided to stick with the 23% suspension and just not use it alone. Effective stuff, though :)

Enjoying this so far! - 02-07-2018 by

I purchased this product after purchasing the Lonvitalite dermal roller because I did some research and found a vitamin C cream would be perfect to use after rolling. I used this right after rolling and it did sting my face quite a lot but it didn't last long or cause any long lasting irritation.
I only use this once or twice a week after rolling because it is quite intense and my skin is sensitive but since using it my skin has improved and is more radiant.
Next time I may purchase The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% instead of this one because this one does have silicone in it and I want to see how the other one feels on my skin.
Overall I will keep using this and I enjoy it so far!

Unsure... - 25-06-2018 by

I used this a few times and whilst I like the texture and how smooth my skin feels, it does cause mild irritation on my cheeks. I think my skin is too sensitive for this product which is a shame because I really want a good vit c in my regime.

Very good - 25-06-2018 by

It does leave a slight tingling sensation after use but I actually don't mind it. It does say on the packaging to mix with another moisturer if the tingling sensation is too much. However, I haven't felt the need to do that.
Love the feel of it and love that it leaves my skin looking brighter.

I love this - 18-06-2018 by

Despite the mixed reviews, I actually adore the product. I really think that my skin is brighter and more even. Yes, there is a slight stinging sometimes (particularly at the start) but I feel like that’s a sign that it’s working! At such a good price point, how can you go wrong?

Major Irritation - 18-06-2018 by

I really really wanted to like this. I've been wanting to include vitamin C into my skincare routine for some time now. But this made my skin burn and itch, BAD! I really wanted this to work so I started and stopped using this a number of times hoping that my skin would react better next time but to no avail. My skin was definitely smoother when I was using it but I can't go past how intense the irritation was.
I love so many of The Ordinarys other products but this ones just not for me.

Powerful product that delivers great results - 11-06-2018 by

This is a great product. I have been using it for over a year and have repurchased it a few times. It has a great price point, and (for me) lives up to all its claims in terms of brightening and anti-aging properties.
Initially after using it, my skin stung a little (around the nose area and lips especially). it is a powerful formulation that your skin gets used to, i would recommend using it a few times before forming an opinion. It does leave a funny kind of pilling on the skin that feels gritty, but that is a small negative in terms of the positives. Overall i love it and continue to recommend to friends and family.

Underwhelming - 07-06-2018 by

Usually I love DECIEM products, however this seems to the lack powerful results I have experienced with some of their other products.

Initially, I REALLY struggled with the product's scent - it left a very metallic-like smell on my hands for a couple of hours. As though I had been holding coins. Unpleasant! However, I seemed to get used to it by the time I finished the tube.

I have combination skin (oily t-zone, dry cheeks) with some minor pigmentation/uneven skin tone. I was hoping this product would give me smoother, even skin. While it does this in the very short-term (post-application for about 12 hours), I can't say I have noticed any long term results.

Overall, I guess at the very low price it is a good starter product if you are interested in trying a Vitamin C treatment for the first time. However, experienced Vitamin C users will find this product does not pack a punch.

Nice product! - 05-06-2018 by

i really like using this product twice a week. i apply it after cleansing and it makes my skin feel so matte and soft. and i wake up to a brighter more even skintone. i was expecting it to tingle a little bit but it was nothing uncomfortable. i did feel some slight tingling on areas around my active pimples. a little goes a long way with this product so a tube will last ages! and for the price, you cant go wrong.

Not for me.. - 01-06-2018 by

I did not like the texture of this at all and felt it didn't blend into my skin properly. I've used the one without silicone and really liked it. This one, not so much.

Still undecided - 30-05-2018 by

I was previously using a Cosmedix vitamin C powder and found it annoying having to mix it into a serum before applying, so I wanted to try this as it reduced that step. I have only been using it for one week and haven't noticed any difference to my skin as yet, but it otherwise feels great to apply, sits well under makeup and smells fine. Even if it isn't particularly successful, it's still a great price.

Nice product - 22-05-2018 by

This is a nice product and does brighten the skin. Good price. My only tip would be to use a small amount (pea size). If you use too much it can sting a little bit.

Makes skin look fresh, smooth, and vibrant. - 14-05-2018 by

I purchased this as an alternative to the Body Shops, Vitamin C Skin Boost. It works just as well and at a third of the price! It also doesnt have an overwelming citrus smell, I'm not a big fan of smelling like an orange peel, so thats great for me. It works great as a primer I use it every day, even if not wearing makeup.One pump of this beauty and I am set. Skin that looks fresh, smooth, and vibrant. Leaves my skin looking and feeling fantastic!

Interesting product, great results! - 08-05-2018 by

Great product at a great price point. Helped brighten my skin and help with skin texture and pigmentation. The only negatives are that it does sting/tingle (especially around the nose or broken skin), and leaves some "skin pilling" on top of the skin (i just wipe it off with a face wipe after).

I keep coming back to this! - 07-05-2018 by

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone is the first vitamin C treatment I have tried. After getting to the end of my first bottle, I tried a few others to compare. None of them held a candle to The Ordinary. I have sensitive skin and do feel a slight tingle when I use this, but this lasts just a few seconds. If I have been adhering to my full morning & night routine, I don't feel any sensation at all. I particularly like the silicone formulation - I follow it with my moisturiser/sunscreen in the morning and finds that it gives a good base for my primer. I highly recommend this product.

Love it - 19-03-2018 by

I purchased this after trying the ordinary vitamin c suspension with HA spheres, but not loving the texture of the spheres- this product is much better- same fantastic results, smooth skin, and I have some acne scars that I can see being smoothed out

Effective - 21-02-2018 by

I have now tried three of the ordinary's vitamin c options, with my favourite being the Magnesium ascorbyl phosophate 10. This silicone option delivers noticeable results, and i haven't experienced any adverse reactions - i have sensitive skin prone to redness, but have already built up a vitamin c tolerance after using the ordinary's products for about 6 months. The silicone base feels much better on the skin than the 23% + HA option, however you seem to need more of it.
While it's a great product at a good price, after all my experimenting I'll be sticking with the Magnesium ascorbyl phosophate 10% - a bit more expensive but spreads the best, fees the best and delivers just as effective results.

I like the texture - 23-01-2018 by

The silicone base gives this a really nice matte texture. I have actually found it helps control my oily skin. I havn't seen a reduction in pigmentation as yet, but I am happy to persist as it's only been 3 weeks of daily use. The tingling went away after 3-4 days

Brighter skin - 17-01-2018 by

I really like this product and have enjoyed the benefits. I was using in the evenings but noticed it was staining my pillow case so have swapped to mornings. It actually helps reduce my t-zone shine too!

Amazing - 09-01-2018 by

This product is amazing and has really brightened up my face. It always seems to be sold out so I tried the other vitamin c once (vitamin c 23% with HA spheres) and it burnt my face and stung for a whole 24 hours even after washing off).

This is the bomb. I will continue to buy! You have a customer for life.

Not for my skin - 08-01-2018 by

I really wanted to love this, as it did make my skin look brighter and just better, but it came along with serious breakouts and blackheads ! Im not sensitive to silicone, or vitamin c so I tried to give the benefit of the doubt, but after a weeks use I had to stop. I had so many blackheads, and deep pimples which have left marks.
I Can see how it would work for the right skin, but of you have previously had acne other than hormonal be very careful !

Amazing - 08-01-2018 by

I use this every second night as part of my routine and this product has changed my life! I’m in my early 30’s and starting to get tired and dull looking skin (from years of being an insomniac and a mum of 3). After the first application I seen a difference. My skin is more even in colour and a lot brighter. I have tried expensive to sum expensive products over the years and none of them work like this one. Highly recommend and I will keep purchasing.

Brighter skin - 04-12-2017 by

This product is wonderful. I have fair, sensitive skin and this has definitely helped with pigmentation and dark spots. I used to use the other vitamin C product from The Ordinary but i like the feel of this one better. It is much less gritty and feels smoother on the skin. Can be applied AM and PM and works well under make-up. Great product!

Great product - 14-11-2017 by

I was using the other vitamin c one from the ordinary but found it quite gritty and it use to sting a lot. This one is awesome plus it contains silicone so I can easily wear it under my makeup n it acts as a primer the results can be seen within few weeks of use im impressed :)

Clearer brighter skin - 02-11-2017 by

I’m nearly 44 and a mother of 4 so my skin has been starting to look a little tired. I’ve been using The ordinary products for a few months and loving the difference but the addition of this product has been amazing. After only 2 weeks of using it twice a week my skin is so much lighter, brighter and more youthful looking. I’ve had fraxel laser with not as great results as this product. It does sting quite a bit on application but settles after about 20 mins. Worth the sting though!! Happy customer!!!

So far so good - 04-10-2017 by

I bought a few The Ordinary products after hearing the great reviews and at $12.80 I must say that I'm a fan. I use this on my shoulders where I had a lot of freckles and have noticed they've slowly started to fade. The fact this is always sold out speaks volumes

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