I had been eager to try some skincare products from The Ordinary since the raves about the brand last year. But because I have so many skincare products, I never placed an order.
When I was chatting on the phone with Jeff’s younger daughter before the holidays, she told me how much she loved the brand. To my delight, she sent me four products from The Ordinary as my holiday gift. Yes!
I immediately started in with The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone. I had been searching for a higher concentration vitamin C serum to see if it would help fade the remaining dark spots that have been resistant to lower concentrations of vitamin C. I started out applying the product after I apply hyaluronic acid essence, but I discovered that The Ordinary says to apply it as a last step over moisturizer. In fact, it makes a good primer too! BTW, The Ordinary also recommends avoiding the use of Niacinamide when using vitamin C.
Initially, I found the Vitamin C Suspension 30% to be a little uncomfortable to use because it would sting. The first time I used it, it was almost unbearable. I took a day or two off before I went back to it. The next time, it wasn’t as uncomfortable. Now, on most days, I don’t feel any stinging or tingling. The Ordinary is certainly aware of this side effect, and they recommend mixing it with serum or moisturizer.
The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension 30% is a pure form of L-ascorbic acid, the most effective form of vitamin C. The L-ascorbic acid powder is formulated in a light silicone base because it cannot be mixed with water as water makes it unstable. Further, The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension 30% is suspended in a light rather than heavier silicone base because heavy silicones lessen the effect of vitamin C on the skin. Another benefit of the light silicone base is that it prevents the fine L-ascorbic acid powder from feeling gritty on the skin. I have some vitamin C powder from another brand that I occasionally use mixed with moisturizer, but the grittiness bugs me so I don’t use it very often.
The Ordinary’s product information is amazing because of its detail and also its candor. They state that their Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA 2% Spheres is actually slightly more effective than the 30% in Silicone because the silicone prevents the L-ascorbic acid powder from being as effective, thus the higher concentration. They say “please note that this formulation would still offer slightly less efficient exposure to Vitamin C than our silicone-free Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% formula.” I never knew that vitamin C was affected by water and by silicone. So my plan for using a higher concentration of vitamin C because it might be “stronger” may not be correct.
I’ve been using The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone for a little bit more than two weeks, and I haven’t noticed any change yet in my resistant remaining dark spots that I know would benefit from pricey IPL. But I will use up this one ounce tube and see how they look at that point. The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone is so reasonably priced on The Ordinary website at $6.80.
Which products do you like most from The Ordinary?