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Spend 30 seconds in any skincare aisle and you'll quickly realize one thing: Anti-aging is big business. With thousands of products claiming to be wrinkle-fighting wonders, there's one super ingredient they all seem to share: vitamin C.
Topical vitamin C has a range of skincare benefits like no other. The powerful antioxidant can help brighten skin, increase collagen production, even out skin tone, and target dark spots. It's also a notoriously effective anti-aging ingredient.
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As collagen production is negatively impacted as we get older, L-ascorbic acid has been shown to boost collagen and elastin in the skin, which, in turn, may help keep skin firmer for longer.
However, vitamin C is also highly unstable and prone to a short shelf life. Exposure to air, light, and heat oxidizes the antioxidant, rendering it more or less useless if it's not kept in perfect conditions.
On the plus side, the powdered version of the antioxidant has all the same benefits as other vitamin C derivatives but is highly stable, which is one of the reasons why shoppers love The Ordinary's 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder.
To use The Ordinary's L-Ascorbic Acid Powder, combine 1/5 of a teaspoon with a water-based lotion or serum and apply it to the skin at night. It's normal to experience a slight tingling sensation for the first couple of weeks while your skin is getting adjusted to the new product.
What people are saying
"I have noticed a firmer texture in my skin," writes one Sephora shopper. "After a month, it feels and looks a few years younger."
It's a "great multitasker," according to another reviewer. "My skin has brightened considerably."
"Holy smokes my skin glows like never before!" says another customer. "I’ve noticed less breakouts and a more even skin tone."
When using the powder, it's important to read the label and not combine it with certain other ingredients like EUK 134 and Niacinamide.
"This vitamin C powder has really helped lighten the sunspots on my face and neck in [only] three weeks!" Claims another shopper. Considering the "size of the jar, I can see lasting it me close to a year with the amount I use, and with the economical price tag and good results, I will definitely be [repurchasing]."
The Ordinary's product is infamously always out of stock, so if it sounds like the anti-aging product you've been searching for, you better act quickly. And for less than the price of a Starbucks latte — what do you have to lose?