Vitamin C has many benefits when used topically on the skin. It is an antioxidant that can even out skin tone, protect from the impact of pollution and improve hydration as well as being anti-aging. However, many products that have vitamin C in them and claim to offer all these benefits are likely to be ineffective if the formula is not correct. This is because vitamin C is highly unstable and sensitive to heat, light and oxygen. Nadine Baggott did an excellent video, ‘The Truth About Vitamin C’, explaining all about vitamin C and recommending some products that work.
As with all products from The Ordinary, this Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone is formulated using evidence and science and you can read lots about it on their website. It costs £5.80.
Within my routine I use this as the step before my moisturiser as it is a treatment product. It comes in a 30ml tube, which is good as it’s hygienic, and does not really have much of a scent. As it is a silicone based formula it has the appearance of a cream but has that smoothness that you associate with silicone as well as feeling like it’s creating a barrier and not sinking into the skin very quickly. I find it tends to gather on my finger tips as I’m rubbing it into my face; this happens less if you pat it in rather than rub.
Once on the skin it gives a tingling sensation which The Ordinary state is completely normal and to be expected. I do find it feels quite stinging but it’s never caused any inflammation or sensitivity on my normal skin type. However, I wouldn’t say it’s a sensation I enjoy.
As for any visible impact, I’ve not really noticed anything. I can’t credit it with improving uneven skin tone or with increased hydration. As for protecting from pollution and anti-aging, these things are more long-term and aimed at prevention and protection so I can’t really ‘see’ them.
Overall, I’m not really a fan of this product. I don’t enjoy using it as I don’t like the way it feels to apply, how it feels on my skin or the stinging sensation it gives (which I appreciate is a normal sensation from using it). I want to be able to experience the benefits of vitamin C but I hope I can get them from another product that I actually don’t begrudge using. I will look into trying The Ordinary’s other vitamin C options.
Love Nicole xxxx