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The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder Ingredients Explained

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Updated on July 18, 2023

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Overview

What it is

Serum with 1 ingredient that contains Vitamin C

Cool Features

It is vegan, cruelty-free, fungal acne (malassezia) safe, and reef safe

Suited For

It has ingredients that are good for anti aging, brightening skin, scar healing, dark spots and better texture

Free From

It doesn't contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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The Ordinary is from Canada. This product is used in 112 routines created by our community.

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Serum with 1 ingredient that contains Vitamin C

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Benefits

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

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Ingredients Explained

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Antioxidant, Buffering, Masking
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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.

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Absorbs Well (1) Great Value (1) Irritating (1) Strong Scent (1) Works Well (1)
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AshN.

4 months ago Β· Dry Skin
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(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.

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