Another The Ordinary review for you. This time it’s actually a specific product: the Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone. In case you have been living in the deepest cave, The Ordinary is a Canadian “clinical” skincare brand that has been making waves in the beauty world with its ingredient-led approach and incredibly low price-points. If you read my post on The Ordinary range back in April, you’ll have seen that I wasn’t vastly enamoured with them, but they do have some absolute gems. You just need to be very au fait with skincare science (so you can separate facts from their many baseless or simply false claims) and your skin.
The Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone is my favourite product from the range after the Squalane Oil. It is completely mind-blowing, in terms of simplicity — just 4 ingredients: dimethicone, ascorbic acid, polysilicone-11, and PEG-10 dimethicone. This isn’t for those who want to avoid silicones (obviously). If you like Indeed Labs’ Vitamin C24 or Paula’s Choice’s Resist 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment, you’ll do most likely do very well with this significantly cheaper alternative. It has that familiar smooth finish of a silicone primer, but noticeably drier and less velvety to the touch. It isn’t drying on the skin, but it misses out that immediate plumpness and glowiness that a lot of traditional vitamin C serums give.
Here’s the thing, though; its formula makes incorporating into your skincare routine tricky. (Silicones are occlusive and can possibly impede ingredients from subsequent products from absorbing into the skin. For this reason, I personally recommend to only use it at night.) It also comes with a warning that a tingling sensation can be expected; I didn’t experience any whatsoever, but my skin is very resilient. But its anhydrous (water-free) formula makes vitamin C significantly more stable and less potential for irritation than water-based formulas. The lack of water means pH and other “rules” that apply to usual ascorbic acid products don’t apply. And according to a 2006 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, anhydrous vitamin C also increases production of collagen in human skin!
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone isn’t the most user-friendly — you’ll probably need to do a bit of experimenting to fit in to your daily skincare routine. But at just CDN$6.80(!) for 30ml, you can’t really go far wrong with that price. You can also find it online from Sephora for the same price.