[REVIEW] The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

I’m lucky enough that before this product, The Ordinary products works just fine on my skin. Some maybe didn’t work as well as the others, but still, nothing makes me broke out. I assume that overall, The Ordinary products are such a hit and miss. Most of the people like it because of the price point, and the rest despise them so much because of the gritty texture and it’s just didn’t work enough for their skin. And I do notice that most of the people that didn’t take a liking of The Ordinary products are the people that already been in skin care community for a long, long time; and they already know DECIEM far before The Ordinary.


Nevertheless, there are still several skin care bloggers that recommend a few of The Ordinary product, though, like Gothamista and Stephanie Nicole. Since I have similar skin situation to them, I believe their judgement, hence the reason why most of the product that I tried is based on their recommendation. This The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% is recommended by Stephanie Nicole, and since I was looking for Vitamin C back then, and since other Vitamin C products from The Ordinary are quite controversial, I decided to get this one to try.


Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant, brightens the skin tone and reduces signs of aging. In its pure form, Vitamin C is unstable in water. Ascorbyl Glucoside is a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C. It is much more stable in water but it is less potent than direct L-Ascorbic Acid. Being more compatible with water allows for a very pleasant serum texture. It is considered a gold standard of Vitamin C derivatives due to its high stability and comfortable use, but it’s impossible to achieve extremely high L-Ascorbic Acid potency with this solution. Aside from the general benefits of pure Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Glucoside has been shown to offer specific skin brightening benefits.

Topical Vitamin C offers a wide array of benefits to the skin. However, many forms of Vitamin C and many more formulations of Vitamin C are available commercially with a potential to confuse the audience. We have developed a guide that offers guidance on the formulations of Vitamin C offered under The Ordinary range. It also offers education on Vitamin C itself and on the differences between formulations of Vitamin C at large. Please click here for this guide.

Note: Supplied in UV-protective packaging.
Apply a few drops to face AM and PM.

Aqua (Water), Ascorbyl Glucoside, Propanediol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Triethanolamine, Isoceteth-20, Xanthan gum, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.


If you couldn’t stand gritty or weird texture in skin care, I highly recommend you to try this product. This applies wonderfully into my skin, without any annoying scent and texture, and easily absorbed. I even prefer this product texture rather than the Niacinamide one. This product had a slight yellow tint, and since it’s not formulated by L-ascorbic Acid, but instead Ascorbyl Glucoside, I think it’s much more stable, though it still comes with UV-protective packaging to avoid oxidization.

This product didn’t sting unlike the Vitamin C suspension from The Ordinary (haven’t tried one, but lots of people said that it stings); and I’ve never experienced any discomfort with this product upon application.


However, no matter how good it applies to my skin, I couldn’t lie that it does make my skin broke out. I already use it until half a bottle of the product, and whenever I tried to incorporate this product into my routine and tried to use other product combination, I noticed that my skin would react and develop new whiteheads by the next day. I guess my skin allergic to something in the formulation.

But still, if you’re looking for an affordable Vitamin C serum, I personally think that this The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% is worth the shot. Maybe I’m allergic to it, but skincare is really personal and your miles may vary. Just because my skin reacted from it, doesn’t mean that it would make your skin break out as well, and vice versa. I’m giving out this product to my best friend and hopefully, it would work just fine on her! *finger crossed

So, have you tried this product? What do you think? Please do share it with me in the comment section below! 😉



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