The Ordinary Vitamin C – The ultimate guide

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering around The Ordinary isle in some shop, desperately trying to figure out the extensive Vitamin C products and which one might be the right for you, hopefully, your search ends here.

Vitamin C is such an amazing ingredient to add into your daily routine, mainly due to one important factor: it really works! This ingredient is considered to be a vital molecule for skins health and here are some of the main benefits it can bring for your complexion:

  • prevents and treats UV damage
  • promotes collagen production
  • fights different signs of aging
  • helps with textural irregularities
  • brightens the skin and hyperpigmentation

To sum it up, if you maybe had acne in the past and you are left with scarring, if you are noticing fine lines and wrinkles or if you just want to bring your skin to next level, where you can go out with a minimum amount of makeup and feel damn good about it, it’s time for some Vitamin C.

Here is an extensive guide on all Vitamin C products from The Ordinary so you can choose the right one for your needs.



If you are new to the world of Vitamin C, you should begin introducing into your routine a product that is less potent and less likely to cause irritation. This way, your skin has time to get accustomed to this ingredient while you can still reap the benefits.

Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% 

Light oil with moderate potency and moderate stinging, great for drier complexions.

the ordinary alpha arbutin ascorbic acid


Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%

A light cream texture with moderate potency and very low stinging, great for oily, combination, and normal skin type.

the ordinary vitamin c



The following Vitamin C formulations are great for deeper wrinkles and fine lines as well as general signs of aging.

Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

Light serum texture with high potency and low stingings, great for oily, combination, or normal skin type.

the ordinary vitamin C

Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F

Light oil with high potency and very low stinging, great for dry and more irritated skin (do not apply on very irritated or sensitive skin).

the ordinary vitamin C

Ethylated Ascorbic Acid 15% Solution

Light oil with high potency and very low stingings, great for dry skin.

the ordinary vitamin C


If you’ve used vitamin C in the past and you are looking for a stronger version of this ingredient, here are the best formulations:

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

Heavy Serum texture with very high potency and high stinging, great for oily, combination, or normal skin type.

the ordinary vitamin c with ha

Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone

Heavy Serum with a smooth finish, very high potency and high stinging, great for oily and combination skin type.

the ordinary vitamin C in silicone

100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder

Light powder with very high potency and high stinging. This version of Vitamin C is one of my personal favorites because you can mix it in other treatments or moisturizers and customize your little concoction. Use a 1/4 of a scoop to mix into other treatments, but avoid mixing with Niacinamide and EUK 134.

the ordinary l ascorbic acid powder

All the products that I’ve mentioned can be used both in the AM and PM, but it is recommended during the summertime that you use it only in the pm. Avoid contact with the immediate eye area and use SPF during the day. Also – before I don’t forget – the stinging that I kept mentioning for each product should be an initial reaction only. Usually, the skin builds tolerance in about 2 weeks and the stinging sensation should subside.

I hope this guide brings some light into the many choices of Vitamin C from The Ordinary, but just in case you still have questions, don’t hesitate to write to me at I’d love to chat!


‘Till next time,




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