The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension Review

Remember when I talked about Vitamin C benefits on the skin during my Klairs Freshly Juice Drops? Yup. We’re gonna talk about it again but with a new product. A product always sold day after day due its increasing demand.  

If you’re a beauty enthusiast like me, you must have also heard ‘The Ordinary’ skincare by the Canadian company Diciem. It has been all over the online market. You can hear it from Youtubers, beauty bloggers and even celebrities. Definitely it has been sending some big hype with it’s awesome marketing strategy and well… it actually works. 

I’m not going to ellaborate too much on the brand and company but I’m just going to touch some areas about it. From the name of their product line, The Ordinary (common/normal/usual), it could already catch the attention of consumers. The name of the line might be ORDINARY but the way you use it, the ingredients and how they work are not ordinary but extraordinary. You need to be 100% sure that the product you bought from them are suited to your skin and you must at least know how the ingredients work. Don’t be afraid of them coz like you, I was confused before due to its complicated terminologies. 

Good thing they have product descriptions and instruction in their pamphlet and website. But if you’re hesitant, there are reviews out there like mine (hehe) to guide you. Let’s jump in!

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

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.


INSTRUCTION


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

 

INGREDIENTS

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



I have used vitamin C in the past so I have been waiting for a product like this to come out. Most Vitamin C becomes unstable and oxidizes until it becomes brownish so it becomes unusable and a waste of money. This is my first ORDINARY product and this is the product I’m most interested in since I’m looking for Klairs’ alternative.


PACKAGING

When I received it, it came in a box with a pamphlet containing other products that works good with it for brightening skin. Its good that they gave one so that the user will have an idea how it works. They made a very appealing packaging for making if clean and simple with their standard silver and white color combination. It looks modern and appealing. 


On the other hand, the product’s container is love. Its very convinient especially during trips. Its very light weight and you don’t need to worry that something might be broken or spill.

 

FORMULA

I love that they made it as a serum with a slightly thick consistency than a liquid form like other vitamin C products that comes in a dropper. This is a “dry” Vitamin C product which is what gives it stability and stops it from oxidizing and going rancid. But, because of this formulation, the jagged little Vit C crystals need water or moisture to help break them down. 


What I like about the formula as well is that since the product is much stabilized, I dont need to worry refrigerating it. 


APPLICATION 

I usually apply this during night time to maximize its full potential coz usually I wear bb creams during morning when I go out and the vitamin C property might not work well unlike if I put it solely on its own. After I put my regular essence I layer this on top and I make sure to wait at least 30 minutes for it to soak before I put my other skincare products.




Be cautious when applying this product. A small dot is enough to cover the whole face. It also feels gritty and a little oily but I don’t mind it. It reminded me of a face scrub but as I spread it, it somehow disappear. You might also feel that it tingles but its normal. In the instructions they already mentioned to expect a little stinging effect as your skin is not yet used to its strong vitamin content. By the way, for sensitive skin, if its too harsh for you, you could add it to your moisturizer or you could out moisturizer first.


*Usually after about 5 minutes it settles down and smooths out and the tingleness last about 15 minutes or so.


EFFECTIVENESS

Talk about plump, hydrate, smooth, brighten. This stuff packs a punch. My skin looks brighter which is what I expected from it. The morning after using this for the first time I was blown after seeing my skin looked brighter and clearer. I have no blemishes so unfortunayely, I cannot say if it reduces acne or pimple spots. But from other reviews, they said this really worked for pigmentations and dark spots. For what I know The Ordinary has a different product specifically fot acne, though I don’t think I need to purchase it.


VERDICT

After reading serveral mixed reviews on this product I was a little sceptical, but after trying it out, I am now a believer. 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. There is a reason why it is sold out pretty much everywhere. The stinging effect will fade after using it consistently and I actually like it because it means its reacting to my skin. I’m happy that I have a better option now over Klairs Vitamin Drop.


EXTRA TIP

For most people, such product with 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.

 

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