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Updated on July 18, 2023

Overview

What they are

These products are both fungal acne (malassezia) safe and reef safe serums. They have a total of 1 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain Vitamin C

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for anti aging, brightening skin, scar healing, dark spots and better texture

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

We independently verify ingredients, and our claims are backed by peer-reviewed research. Spot a product that needs an update? Let us know.

Neogen Real Vita C Powder Lemon
The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder

Ingredient Info

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At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

Benefits

Notable Ingredients

Benefits

Ingredients Side-by-side

found in both products
Real Vita C Powder Lemon
Lactose Humectant, Skin Conditioning

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Ascorbic Acid Antioxidant, Buffering, Masking
Vitamin C IconAntioxidant IconHelps reduce Skin Redness IconGood for Skin Texture IconHelps with Anti-Aging IconGood for Dark Spots IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps brighten skin Icon
Vitamin CVitamin C Icon AntioxidantAntioxidant Icon 6 Benefits

Ascorbic Acid is is pure Vitamin C. This form makes up the largest amount of vitamin C found naturally in our skin.

Allantoin Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Soothing
0 / 0 Helps reduce Skin Redness IconHelps reduce irritation IconGood for Scar Healing Icon
3 Benefits

Allantoin plays a role in soothing and moisturizing the skin. Because of this, it is often added to products with strong active ingredients.

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Trehalose Humectant, Moisturising

Trehalose is a disaccharide made of two glucose molecules (glucose is sugar!). Trehalose is used to help moisturize skin. It also has antioxidant properties.

Ribose Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Good for Minimizing Pores Icon
Good for Minimizing PoresGood for Minimizing Pores Icon

Ribose can help to reduce large pores.

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Betaine Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Helps hydrate Dry Skin IconHelps reduce Skin Redness IconHelps reduce irritation Icon
3 Benefits

Betaine is a common humectant (a substance that promotes retention of moisture). It's known to be gentle on the skin and can help balance hydration.

Panthenol Skin Conditioning
0 / 0 Helps reduce irritation Icon
Helps reduce irritationHelps reduce irritation Icon

Panthenol is a common ingredient that helps hydrate and soothe the skin. It can be found naturally in our skin and hair.

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Hydrolyzed Collagen Emollient, Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Helps with Anti-Aging Icon
Helps with Anti-AgingHelps with Anti-Aging Icon

Collagen is the most abundant type of structural protein found in your body. In your skin, it is responsible for keeping it firm and youthful.

Water Skin Conditioning, Solvent

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

Citrus Limon Fruit Extract Masking, Skin Conditioning
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May cause irritationMay cause irritation Icon

Citrus Limon Fruit Extract comes from lemons. While lemon extract is exfoliating and antimicrobial, it can also cause skin sensitivity.

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1,2-Hexanediol Skin Conditioning, Solvent

1,2-Hexanediol is a multi-tasker ingredient. It acts as a preservative to increase shelf-life and can aid other preservatives in preventing microbe growth. 1,2-Hexanediol also helps the skin retain moisture as a humectant.

100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder
Ascorbic Acid Antioxidant, Buffering, Masking
Vitamin C IconAntioxidant IconHelps reduce Skin Redness IconGood for Skin Texture IconHelps with Anti-Aging IconGood for Dark Spots IconGood for Scar Healing IconHelps brighten skin Icon
Vitamin CVitamin C Icon AntioxidantAntioxidant Icon 6 Benefits

Ascorbic Acid is is pure Vitamin C. This form makes up the largest amount of vitamin C found naturally in our skin.

Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

Antioxidant, Buffering, Masking
Loved

Ascorbic Acid is is pure Vitamin C. This form makes up the largest amount of vitamin C found naturally in our skin.

Not only is vitamin C great for your overall health and immune system, it also has plenty of benefits on your skin.

Vitamin C is best used for brightening skin. It improves dark spots, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation. This is because it blocks the process of skin darkening when exposed to UV.

Remember: Vitamin C should not replace sunscreen!

Your skin uses vitamin C to build collagen. Collagen is one key component in having a strong skin barrier and plump skin. Vitamin C also plays a role in regulating collagen, thus making it effective in improving wrinkles and fine lines.

Ascorbic acid shows potent antioxidant activity. As an antioxidant, it helps fight free-radicals. Free-radicals are molecules that may damage your skin cells. These antioxidants also protect skin against UV damage.

The best formulations include Vitamin E and/or ferulic acid. These two ingredients help stabilize and provide a boost in the benefits of ascorbic acid. This is because ascorbic acid becomes unstable when exposed to UV and air. In fact, you can tell your ascorbic acid has oxidized when it turns an orange-yellow color.

Ascorbic acid is generally compatible with other ingredients. However, using ascorbic acid with other active ingredients might cause irritation. Two ingredients: copper ions and benzoyl peroxide, will inactivate ascorbic acid completely.

Read more about other types of Vitamin C:

Foods rich with vitamin C include oranges, strawberries, broccoli, bell peppers, and more. When consuming Vitamin C, your skin receives a portion of the nutrients.

Learn more about Ascorbic Acid

Ingredient Ratings

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Real Vita C Powder Lemon
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100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder
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When to use

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56% use in am
44% use in pm
100% use every day
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76% use in am
24% use in pm
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Reviews

Here's what our community thinks

Neogen Real Vita C Powder Lemon 11 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 1 rating
Nini_401's avatar

Nini_401

8 months ago ยท Combination Skin
Review

It helps clear my skin, especially dark spots left after acne has left. Doesnโ€™t need much, lasts forever since it doesnโ€™t oxidize like other...

It helps clear my skin, especially dark spots left after acne has left. Doesnโ€™t need much, lasts forever since it doesnโ€™t oxidize like other vitamin C products, been using since upon its release with Neogenโ€™s and Sokoglamโ€™s collab.

The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder 1 ingredient

3.0 /5
from 1 rating
Absorbs Well (1) Great Value (1) Irritating (1)
AshN.'s avatar

AshN.

4 months ago ยท Oily Skin
Review

(Tried Nov 2020) It's been a minute since I last used this product but I do remember that it took some time to find the best/ most efficient way to...

(Tried Nov 2020) It's been a minute since I last used this product but I do remember that it took some time to find the best/ most efficient way to integrate this into my routine. Since it is a powder, another serum/moisturizer is required to dissolve it. Despite diluting it with another product, I felt that I could not get the irritation/stinging to be less potent. So it definitely became a matter of using less than half of the standard amount. At that point it become more bearable to use and I did notice the effects. I wouldn't say it's the most convenient product to use for brightening compared to others.