Review: The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%


30ml || 5.80 CAD / 4.22 USD

Ingredients as listed on The Ordinary’s page for the product:

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.

My Skin Type: Dry, occasionally red/sensitive due to dryness, prone to minor acne


I’ve been using this vitamin C serum for approximately 5-6 months or so now, nearly every day (I’ve gotten lazy with my routine since the quarantine). My experience with it has been like my experience with most other Ordinary products, which is pretty damn great.

Firstly, it’s quite a powerful serum, best for those used to vitamin C. If you’re new to vitamin C, try a less intense version to train your skin.

This stuff, like most vitamin C serums, is meant to brighten the skin. In that department, it does what is expected. It’s kept my skin looking happy, bright, and healthy.

What’s also fantastic about this stuff is that it’s packed with skin conditioning ingredients like squalane and sodium hyaluronate so it’s moisturizing as well as brightening. This is made more clear by the look of the serum: it looks like a moisturizer with its white, creamy texture. However, it isn’t too thick and it’s slightly runny.

While it does help keep the skin soft, I have been the happiest with how “glowy” and healthy it’s kept my skin looking. If you’re looking to use this to lighten dark spots, though, I can’t say it’s done too much there for me.

Beware of…

The tingling: using this product initially does cause a tingling or light stinging sensation. This feeling does lessen as you get used to it, but it’s kind of part of the deal. It’s a powerful product. You can decrease the tingling by mixing the serum with a moisturizer (or face oil, or whatever it is you use).

Pilling: As this is a fatty serum, there may be pilling when placed under other moisturizers/creams that are full of fats, or with products that sit on your face. For example, sometimes when I’d use this with certain moisturizing serums that leave a layer on my face, pilling would happen. It didn’t happen all the time, and it really depends on whether or not the products can be layered or mixed, or your skin can handle the amount of product you’re putting on. I want to just be clear that pilling =/= a bad product! Figure out a pattern that works for you and the products you use; this may take some trial and error.

Sensitive Skin: I find that applying this stuff to spots that are red/sensitive does sting. I avoid that and apply around them.

Tried to get out every last drop.

Final Thoughts

This is a powerful vitamin C serum. Brightening, moisturizing, like 6 bucks. What more can I ask for? This is an obvious YEEahbuddy.

Thanks for reading ❤

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