The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% is a very basic, but effective vitamin C serum for an extremely reasonable price ($6.50!!!). This particular vitamin C serum is a milky emulsion dispensed from a squeeze tube. It is a fairly heavy serum and has a bit of a gritty feel from the ascorbic acid powder. In other brands’ vitamin C products the gritty feel is usually masked with various slip agents like silicones. But this formula contains none of those, and so you can feel the powder. You can’t feel it as much if you add a couple drops of this to your moisturizer or another product though.
You’ll notice the first ingredient is actually ascorbic acid. The rest of the ingredients are various hydrators and polymers that give the serum its milky emulsion type of base. Due to the high concentration of vitamin C you will notice a tingle when you apply this. It is supposed to fade with continued use. But I found that it made my skin tingle every time I applied it. The vitamin C is in it’s most potent form and will provide excellent antioxidant benefits at this concentration.
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.
This is a very effective serum and I found it to be a good option for sensitive skin, since it doesn’t contain any fragrance or alcohols. It’s also free of silicone, and is vegan and cruelty free.
It’s actually a really hydrating serum (the formula is almost like a moisturizer texture), and I found it to be a bit heavy for my liking since it took awhile to soak in. So this is probably going to be a great option if you have skin that tends to be on the dry side. If you’re on the oilier side like me though, you might prefer something more along the lines of The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside 12% or Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate 20% in Vitamin F (I just started using this and it’s fantastic).
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% is available in 1oz tube for the amazing price of $6.50 USD at Asos