The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% Review

The Ordinary is currently one of the most popular, not to mention controversial, skincare brands out in the market. It’s an award-winning brand known for its simplicity as well as its affordable price. During my trip to Sydney, I found out that they have a Deciem store there so I purchased some of The Ordinary products. I decided to try the Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% because I heard it is a moisturizer with Vitamin C, so it’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

For your reference: My skin type is oily/combination. I used to have acne-prone skin during my teens and early 20’s, but since my acne-prone skin has calmed down already my skincare priorities are now focused on anti-aging and reduction of hyperpigmentations.

Product Description:

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% is a water-free, silicone-free stable suspension. 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.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% provides 23% pure L-Ascorbic Acid which remains completely stable due to the absence of water. The system is supported with faddition of dehydrated spheres of Hyaluronic Acid to offer visible surface smoothing alongside the benefits of Vitamin C.

INGREDIENTS: Ascorbic Acid, Squalane, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Coconut Alkanes, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glucomannan, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trihydroxystearin, BHT.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

L-Ascorbic Acid: Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant used widely in dermatology to treat and prevent photoageing and hyperpigmentation. L-ascorbic acid (LAA) is the chemically active form of Vit. C. It is unstable and, on exposure to light, gets oxidized to Dehydro Ascorbic Acid (DHAA), which imparts a yellow color. 1

Claimed Effects: Topical application of Vitamin C reduces fine lines and wrinkles, lightens hyperpigmentation and confers photoprotection against sunburn and UV-induced immunosupression.2

Safety: Topical Vitamin C is generally safe and can be used in combination with other products such as Vitamin A, AHAs (glycolic acid) and sunscreens. Rare side effects of topical vitamin C include stinging, erythema and dryness. These adverse reactions can be addressed by application of moisturiser.1

DIRECTIONS: As UV light lowers tissue Vit. C levels, topical Vit. C is best used after exposure to UV light and not prior,1 hence The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% is ideally applied at bedtime.

TEXTURE: This product is notorious for its texture: it’s oily and gritty, something that you wouldn’t dare use in the morning before putting on your makeup. I don’t know how it will sit well under my foundation with all its grittiness, and I don’t even wanna try. Also, if you would read the label, The Ordinary will warn you that this product may cause a strong tingling sensation, especially during the first use. True enough, during my first application of the product I had this tingling (almost burning) sensation. Yup, that’s how uncomfortable it is. The trick here is to first, don’t too much product. During my fourth week of using this daily, I thought I already built a tolerance for this so I tried putting a greater amount than I used to, and boy it hurt! Second, if you cannot tolerate the stinging you can mix this Vitamin C with other serums or moisturizers.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

PERFORMANCE: I have tried some Vitamin C products before and I could say that this one gives fast results. For some Vitamin C serums, it would take at least a month to see noticeable results. But after 1 1/2 weeks of trying this product nightly, I have noticed that my acne scars/hyperpigmentations have faded (though not completely erased) now that’s what I call efficient! Also, it is really effective in terms of photoprotection against sunburn and UV-induced skin damage. This summer I have been frequently exposed to the sun and even after several beach trips I never experienced sunburn on my face. I also noticed that even after I tried sunbathing for a couple of hours it was hard for me to get a tan than I used to. On the other hand, I did not see any results in terms of reducing fine lines and wrinkles yet. But who cares? I did not purchase this with the intent of erasing my fine lines, the lightening and brightening effect is what I am after.

PRICE / AVAILABILITY: The best thing about this product is that it is very cheap. I bought this from The Ordinary store in Sydney for only 9.80 AUD. If I only knew that I would really love this product I should have hoarded this since it is way cheaper from the original store than ordering this from online shops in the Philippines.

FINAL THOUGHTS: It’s Endgame for me when it comes to searching for my OG vitamin C (at least at the moment). Not only is this product very effective, but it also delivers results real quick. The downside is that it is oily, gritty and it stings– but I don’t even mind at all. Also, for the price point, I think it’s worth a try. If it will not work out for you, hey it’s only less than 10 Australian Dollars–it’s still a lot cheaper than other Vitamin C products.

RATING: 9.0/10


  1. I’m an Internist NOT a Dermatologist, so I am not a skin expert.
  2. YMMV. Your mileage may vary. It worked for me but it may not work for you.
  3. This is not a sponsored post. The product was bought with my own money.


  1. Vitamin C in dermatology Indian DermatolOnline J. 2013 Apr-Jun; 4(2): 143–146.
  2. Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation. 2nd edition. Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve always wanted to try this brand!! Looks so nice!

    I have just relaunched my blog, and posted my first blogpost in months, and would love it if you could give it a read and support my little blog! Hope you’re well, and thank you so much ❤

    1. Lulu, MD says:

      Your blog is so nice! I’m looking forward for your next posts ❤

  2. I just bought this product when I saw it at my local ULTA (I had been eyeing it for months) along with the caffeine eye cream and my goodness… I am a serious fan of this line!

  3. marsybun says:

    I just bought this and tried it once, thank goodness I didn’t get much stinging! I’m hoping to see results soon x

    1. Lulu, MD says:

      Oh good for you! I hope it works well on you 😊

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