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Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
A Water-Free, Silicone-Free Stable Suspension - Size: 30 mL

Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and its pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid has been shown to reverse multiple signs of skin ageing while brightening the skin when applied topically. This water-free, silicone-free formula provides 23% pure L-Ascorbic Acid which remains completely stable due to the absence of water. The system is supported with addition of dehydrated spheres of Hyaluronic Acid to offer visible surface smoothing alongside the benefits of Vitamin C. This treatment is ideally applied at bedtime.

This product is a water-free suspension of 23% L-Ascorbic Acid powder. The Ordinary's portfolio of Vitamin C is expanding to include the following formulations:

Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%

Note: The format of this formula is a suspension of very fine L-Ascorbic Acid powder and, as such, provides the most direct exposure of extremely high concentrations of Vitamin C topically. With such format, there are 2 important things to consider:

1) A very strong tingling but non-irritating sensation is expected during the first 1-2 weeks of use until the skin's tolerance to such high exposure is elevated;

2) The powder exposure to the skin disallows the formula to feel like a serum, lotion or cream and each application requires a few seconds to feel absorbed by the skin. If desired, this formula can be diluted in a cream base per application to allow the skin to build tolerance over time.

Alternative products on the market offer suspensions of Vitamin C in water-free formulations in a silicone base to avoid the "powdery" feel of the suspension. These formulations do keep the Vitamin C stable but they are almost always offered in heavier silicone bases that interfere with efficient exposure of the entire Vitamin C content to the skin (the silicone entraps the Vitamin C). Our formula avoids the use of silicones and offers complete and direct exposure of the entire powder content to the skin, maximizing topical delivery.

How To Use

Apply a few drops to face in the AM or the PM. This formula is highly concentrated and only a very small amount is needed to cover the entire face. The formula is a suspension of extraordinarily fine L-Ascorbic Acid. As such, the formula has a higher viscosity than most serums. In order to dispense the formula, please take out the pipette from the bottle completely, squeeze the top fully, insert back into the formula with the top kept squeezed and then release the top. This approach will maximize the amount of serum that enters into the pipette dispenser.