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Friday, April 24

THE ORDINARY ASCORBIC ACID 8% + ALPHA ARBUTIN 2%


Hello, y'all. Slowly I'm trying to go through all my The Ordinary products and reviewing them as well as re-purchasing my faves and trying out new ones. This is the second out of 4 Vitamin C products I've tried by The Ordinary. The first I have reviewed here (The Ordinary Vitamin C suspension 30% in Silicone), the next two reviews will be coming soon. 

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CLAIM

+ water-free
+ alcohol-free
+ oil-free
+ silicone-free
+ vegan
+ gluten-free
+ cruelty-free

This formula combines two of the most powerful brightening agents in skincare: pure Vitamin C and Alpha Arbutin, both solubilized in a completely water-free formula for ideal stability. Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant that brightens the skin tone and reduces signs of aging. Alpha Arbutin is a highly-purified biosynthetic active ingredient that reduces the look of dark spots and uneven skin tone.

Notes: Vitamin C and Alpha Arbutin are less stable in formulations that contain water and use of them combined in formulations containing water is highly discouraged. This formulation is a water-free, stable solution, and may feel slightly "oily" for a few seconds after application, although it is completely free of oil.

According to the Vitamin C guide, 

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Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% packagingLight OilAnhydrous SolutionModerateModerate10-20 secs.$$




INGREDIENTS
Propanediol, Ascorbic Acid, Alpha-Arbutin
product information is taken from Theordinary.deciem.com


MY THOUGHTS
The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% is actually the lowest percentage of Vitamin C by the ordinary, I think I purchased it because of the 2% arbutin. Also, I didn't check the percentage of Vitamin C before purchasing. Although it is not formulated in oil, rather it is in Propanediol which feels like oil and is non-comedogenic (although it can cause contact dermatitis), I still broke out. 

The texture is a clear, oil-like serum. It is not too heavy but it still feels a bit oily on my face. 

Honestly, I don't know why it broke me out like The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalene did but I had to stop use after a week because of the acne. The acne wasn't as bad as the one I experienced with The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalene but I have finally decided to stay away from any products with oil or products that feel like oil (for my face). 

I resorted to using it on my elbows and knees just like I did with The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalene. I really wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised that it worked. It actually lightened my scarred elbow and made the skin less leathery. I was so sad when it finished. 

I think this serum works but not really great for my face. I did repurchase another one, as well as another tube of The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone (so far, this is the best for my face) and I, plan to try one last type of Vitamin C (The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%).

RATING: 4/5
WILL REPURCHASE: YEPP

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