I always like to include some sort of a Vitamin C product in my Skincare Routine, as I think that it makes my Skin look much brighter and feel a lot healthier. That’s why when I had picked up The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser a couple of weeks ago, I also picked up their Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. Well i’ve been using it for a little while now, and I thought that I would tell you what I thought of it.
Here’s what The Ordinary say about their Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%.
Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant that brightens the Skin Tone and reduces the appearance of signs of ageing.
Note: Based on recommendation from our customers, this formula is now offered in a Tube format for easier dispensing.
This product is a Water-Free Suspension of 23% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder. Our portfolio of Vitamin C includes the following formulations :
- Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone.
- Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%.
- Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F.
- Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%.
- Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%.
- Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution.
- 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder.
Topical Vitamin C offers a wide array of benefits to the Skin. However, many forms of Vitamin C and many more formulations of Vitamin C are available commercially with a potential to confuse the audience. We have developed a Vitamin C Guide that offers guidance on the formulations of Vitamin C offered under our range. It also offers education on Vitamin C itself and on the differences between formulations of Vitamin C at large.
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 formats, there are 2 important things to consider:
1) A very strong tingling but non-irritating sensation is expected during the first 1 to 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.
2) The Powder exposure to the Skin disallows the formula to feel like a Serum, Lotion or Cream and each application requires a few seconds to feel absorbed by the Skin. This formula feels gritty for a few seconds after application. If you prefer to avoid this gritty feeling, we suggest our Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone.
Alternative products on the market offer Suspensions of Vitamin C in Water-Free formulations in heavier Silicone bases to avoid the “powdery” feel of the Suspension. These formulations do keep the Vitamin C stable but they are almost always offered in heavier Silicone bases that interfere with efficient exposure of the entire Vitamin C content to the Skin. Our formula avoids the use of Silicones and offers complete and direct exposure of the entire Powder content to the Skin, maximising topical delivery. If you prefer a lighter Silicone base instead for a smoother Skin feel, we suggest our Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone
- Water Free.
- Alcohol Free.
- Oil Free.
- Silicone Free.
- Nut Free.
- Gluten Free.
- Cruelty Free.
I wasn’t really a massive fan of it’s scent, as even though it contained Ascorbic Acid, Squalane, Coconut Alkanes, and Sodium Hyaluronate, I thought that it had a very strange deep and musky yet ever so slightly nutty scent to it that kind of reminded me of Wet Cardboard.
I wasn’t really a massive fan of it’s consistency when Ifirst started using it, but after I had been using it for a little while, it actually started to grow on me, as even though it was called a Suspension, I thought that it felt incredibly gritty, and was more like an incredibly oily yet ever so slightly gritty Face Scrub rather than a thick and oily Serum.
What it did when I used it.
I really liked what this did when I used it, as once I had started to massage a little bit of it into my Skin, it turned from an incredibly oily yet ever so slightly gritty Face Scrub into a light and balmy Face Serum with little pieces of grit in it that set within a matter of seconds. I also really liked that when I had first started using it, that it created an ever so slight tingling sensation on my Skin that made it feel like it was actually doing something. I however wasn’t really a massive fan of that it left my Skin feeling a little bit greasy for at least ten minutes after I had applied it though, as it meant that I couldn’t use any of my other Serums over the top of it.
I absolutely loved it’s results, as not only did this leave my Skin feeling incredibly silky soft, smooth, bouncy and moisturised, but it also left it looking a lot brighter and healthier for at least 24 hours after I had used it.
I really liked it’s packaging, as this came in a short flat conical Tube with a clickable Lid that looked beautiful sat on my Beauty Shelves.
My overall thoughts.
Overall I would have to rate The Ordinary Vitamin C 23% + HA Spheres 2% an eight out of ten. I really liked it’s incredibly oily yet ever so slightly gritty consistency, what it did when I used it, it’s results, and it’s packaging, but I just wasn’t a massive fan of it’s strange deep and musky yet ever so slightly nutty scent or that it left my Skin feeling so greasy for at least ten minutes after I had applied it.
If you would like to check out The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% for yourselves, then you can find it online here.
Have you checked out The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% yet? What did you think of it? What’s some of your favourite Vitamin C Serums, Lotions and Creams? Please let me know down below.
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