The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% with Vitamin F serum is Just. So. Good. Seriously, I’m in love. This is exactly the type of Vitamin C serum I’ve been looking for. It is super light, slightly hydrating, and brightens my skin. Also a bonus: I don’t feel like I need to make a deal to sell my first born just to be able to continue using it. Plus, I know that the vitamin C is helping to prevent and repair photo-damage from UV exposure as well as build collagen.
This vitamin C serum is a little different than most. The base is coconut alkanes, which is a super light and watery liquid derived from coconut oil. This gives the serum a really light-textured base that provides hydration and soaks in really quickly without being greasy. The coconut alkanes made this serum impossible to photograph. A drop on my hand spreads out and soaks in so quickly I couldn’t get a good photo of it. That’s how light this serum is. I think it is a great option for a wide range of skin types. If you are dry then it adds extra hydration under your moisturizer. If you are oily, it helps replenish your skin without greasiness.
Be aware that if you are super sensitive to clogged pores from coconut oil, this may clog your pores since it’s coconut-based. It has not clogged my pores at all, but I’m not really prone to breakouts from coconut oil. I think it’s worth giving it a shot, since it is really light and the potential for clogged pores is definitely a lot less than with pure coconut oil.
The vitamin C in this formula is a stabilized form called ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, so it won’t oxidize the way pure ascorbic acid will. However, it’s important to note that all vitamin C products benefit from protection from light and air, and the dark glass packaging and dropper applicator work to protect the formula.
Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate is present at 20% (which is a fair bit). However it won’t be quite as potent as the pure ascorbic acid formulas. This is because your skin has to break down the stabilized form of vitamin C and convert it into ascorbic acid before it can use it. Sometimes this is actually a good thing, since ascorbic acid at such a high concentration can cause tingling and burning sensations on sensitive skin (I experienced rather a lot of tingling that did not subside over time when using The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% serum … read the full review HERE). But this stabilized form of vitamin C is actually much more gentle on sensitive skin, while still providing great antioxidant benefits.
The rest of the formula is fairly minimal, with just some jojoba oil, squalane, and a couple emollients.
Ingredients: Coconut Alkanes, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ethyl Linoleate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Squalane.
One thing I should mention about this formula: vitamin F is not really a thing. It basically means fatty acids, more specifically linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid that is important for skin health. So, this is vitamin C in fatty acids. Which is totally fine and it works great. Just be aware that vitamin F isn’t really a vitamin. It’s more of a marketing term.
Overall, The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% with Vitamin F is a really great option if you are looking for an antioxidant serum. I like to use it in the morning under my sunscreen for an antioxidant boost and a bit of hydration. It soaks in super fast (like 5 seconds) and leaves skin feeling really soft, looking radiant, and ready for moisturizer. It has made my skin look better and healthier over time as well. I’m a fan and I totally recommend it.
The Ordinary Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% with Vitamin F comes in a 1oz bottle for $19.50USD. Find it at Asos.