I’ve been talking about skincare a lot on my blog because it’s the only part of my beauty routine that has really changed lately. I haven’t been buying much new makeup so the only products rotating in & out of my beauty room have been skincare related. I shared a collective Drugstore & Sephora Haul a while back and one of the products in it was the 23 % Vitamin C Suspension + HA Spheres 2% from The Ordinary.
Vitamin C (also known as L-Absorbic Acid) is know to even out texture and firm the skin to help with anti-aging. It’s usually seen formulated with a 5 – 10% concentration though so I was a little bit nervous to try this 23% concentration…
In case you haven’t heard of The Ordinary they’re a brand under the umbrella of Deciem. They are cruelty free and do not sell to mainland China. Brands that sell to China can’t be cruelty free because China requires animal testing of all beauty products sold in their country. There’s a strong distinction between brands that claim to be cruelty free and those that say they are but also sell to China. It’s not possible to do both.
The Ordinary 23% Vitamin C + HA Spheres 2% Review
The Ordinary’s 23% Vitamin C Suspension + HA Spheres 2% retails for $5.80CAD and contains 1oz of product. How inexpensive is that!? TO is incredibly affordable which is one of the reasons the brand is taking the beauty world by storm.
This product claims to brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of aging. The Ordinary gives a lot of information on what to expect with this product and warns that because of the high concentration of L-Absorbic Acid this product may cause irritation or a tingling/burning sensation. They also warned that the product would feel “gritty” on the skin during the first minute or so of application.
Polished & Inspired warned me that this product burned her skin the first time that she used it so I was naturally a little scared to use it. I remembered this after I had purchased it so I thought well, I might as well try it anyways. My skin luckily didn’t react in the same way, and though I experienced a tingling/burning sensation I wouldn’t call it painful — I wouldn’t call it mild either so keep that in mind!
If I used this Vitamin C continuously throughout the week I would notice the tingling/burning less over time, but if I spaced out my usage I would notice it again. I don’t recommend exfoliating before you use The Ordinary’s 23% Vitamin C because it would really sting my skin. #lessonlearned
I noticed the grittiness of the 23% Vitamin C mixture just like The Ordinary had warned. If the grittiness bothers you it can be mixed with a moisturizer to help with the texture.
I love the detailed product information on TO’s website and the price point… But in all honesty I didn’t notice a difference in my skin.
My skin didn’t look brighter nor did I experience any reduction of fine lines. But just because there wasn’t a visual difference for me doesn’t mean it’s a useless product. Polished & Inspired noted in her review that it helped with hyperpigmentation. If hyperpigmentation is an issue for you it might help.
Unfortunately I will not be repurchasing this variety of vitamin C. I was recently sent the Pixi beauty Vitamin C Collection and after a week of using those products I noticed my skin was looking brighter and less dull. Clearly vitamin C works, this formulation just didn’t do much for me. It’s weird given how high of a concentration 23% is that the Pixi products worked better for me 🤔
Have you tried The Ordinary’s 23% Vitamin C?
I wish that TO’s vitamin C had worked out better for me, let me know if you had the same experience or if it worked better for you. If you enjoyed this post please subscribe to my mailing list. I’d love to have you join my blogging fam! Thanks for reading x