The ordinary vitamin c suspension 23% + ha spheres 2%

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The Feel và Scent: A watery cream with a gritty feel

When first squeezed out of the tube, the product is a lightweight, runny white cream that pretty quickly absorbs into the skin. However, because the pure L-ascorbic acid in the formula is suspended, it feels gritty, which is something I’ve also noticed with other suspended & powder-form vi-ta-min C products. However, this one feels much grittier than others I’ve used. It does break down & melt into the skin pretty seamlessly, but can feel sandy—even a bit scratchy—when first applied. The Ordinary mentions this on its product mô tả tìm kiếm page, & suggests trying its vi-ta-min C Suspension 30% in Silicone if you’re looking to lớn avoid a gritty texture.

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This formula is fragrance-free & doesn’t have much of a scent at all, which is welcome considering that most vi-ta-min C serums have a pretty funky smell. / Jenna Igneri

Irritation: Stings when applied

Vitamin C products have caused me lớn have a slight tingling effect when applied, but this one had quite a bite khổng lồ it và stung more than other products I’ve tried. It wasn’t unbearable & dissipated pretty quickly (and never left behind redness or a rash), but the first few minutes were, at times, pretty uncomfortable. I noticed this sensation heightened when my skin felt drier.

The Ordinary warns of a strong tingling sensation for the first one lớn two weeks of use on the product page, but even after three weeks, it still stung as it did the first time. If you have sensitive skin, I would be cautious with this product, và only apply a small amount at a time.

The Packaging: product too runny for a squeeze tube

The majority of the vi-ta-min C serums I’ve tried are packaged in a glass bottle with a dropper, but this formula is packaged in a squeezable tube—something I normally would prefer. However, for how runny this cream formula is, I found that if I opened the tube upside down, the product would begin to lớn drip out (to the point where it made photographing the xuất hiện tube really tough). I think I would actually have preferred this formula lớn be packaged as a dropper bottle.

Sensitivity: Avoid using with retinoids, acids, and peptides

According to Ulta’s product description, in addition khổng lồ retinoids, peptides, và direct acids, vị not use this sản phẩm in the same routine as The Ordinary"s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% và EUK 134 0.1%

The Results: Smooth, glowy skin

This product squeezes out of the tube as a runny white cream, so I was pretty surprised at just how deceptively gritty the formula was as I began lớn rub it into my face & neck. However, the grittiness dissolves & absorbs into the skin pretty quickly, leaving behind a natural matte finish. Even though I always follow vitamin C with a face oil or moisturizer, my skin did feel smooth and hydrated enough after applying to lớn act as a good base for makeup.

I’m not going to lớn lie—I was a little nervous about testing this after reading about how intense the stinging sensation can be at first. For me, It wasn’t unbearable, but I had lớn put the rest of my skincare routine on hold until the stinging sensation subsided. Weeks into using this product, it still burned as much as it did after my first application.

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By the over of the three-week testing period, I don’t think I saw much of a difference in terms of lightening my freckles và sunspots, but my skin did feel much, much smoother. For how intense the serum felt to apply, I was almost surprised at how soft và silky my skin felt. All in all, I think it did its job. / Jenna Igneri

Similar Products: You’ve got options

SkinCeutcals C E Ferulic ($166): I had the opportunity to kiểm tra one of the most popular picks in the vitamin C serum world—SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic—for, & to this day, it’s my absolute favorite. It’s definitely an investment, especially when compared to The Ordinary’s budget-friendly price tag, but truly nothing beats this one. This is my secret khổng lồ good skin, và if I could drink it, I would.

SkinCeutical’s C E Ferulic contains—you guessed it—vitamin E & ferulic acid in addition khổng lồ pure vi-ta-min C. According to lớn the brand, all three ingredients work synergistically khổng lồ neutralize không tính tiền radicals và provide potent anti-aging benefits while leaving you with smooth, radiant, and glowing skin. While The Ordinary’s C sản phẩm definitely kept my skin smooth and glowy, in no way does it compare khổng lồ the results I saw from SkinCeuticals.

BeautyStat Universal C Skin Refiner ($80): More similar khổng lồ The Ordinary’s formula is BeautyStat’s Universal C Skin Refiner, another serum I reviewed for Like The Ordinary, BeautyStat’s chất lượng gel-cream serum is innovative in how it delivers pure L-ascorbic acid khổng lồ the skin: It uses a patented encapsulation system, where each particle is protected against oxidation until it hits the skin. It’s also formulated with EGCG, squalane, và tartaric acid meant to help protect against aging, hydrate, and even out skin texture and tone.

Overall, I think BeautyStat’s version is more effective và gentler on the skin when applied. It still has a bit of a sting, but nothing lượt thích what I experienced with The Ordinary. It’ll cost you $80, but it’s worth the splurge for an effective hàng hóa that won’t oxidize quickly.

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I think the Ordinary’s vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% is a great introductory product for those who are new to lớn using vitamin C in their skincare. It’s not the best C serum I’ve ever used, but it still left my skin smooth & glowy. Just be cautious with this one if your skin is on the sensitive side.