The Ordinary Haul, 1st Impressions and Breakdown: Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

Welcome back to another The Ordinary product breakdown and 1st impression!

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Here are the links to the other products that I bought, did my 1st impressions and breakdown:

*Buffet* -> Click Me!

Matrixyl* 10% + HA -> No! Click Me!

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA ->Oh! Me Me!!

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG -> Up to you but you can click me! (;

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Sphere 2% -> Coming soon

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% -> Coming soon

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Note: If you want to go straight to the 1st Impression, just go to the bottom of this post.


This is not a sponsored blog post or anything like that. DECIEM company or The Ordinary brand does not even know that I am doing this or know me for that matter. I am simply doing this so it can help you. Especially for those who are planning to buy their products as it can get very confusing.

I am not a skin specialist, esthetician, doctor, scientist or anything like that. I am just an Ordinary Woman (Got it? Hahaha!) who really love skin care and gain knowledge about it. What works for me might not work for you. I am just giving recommendations, trying to put it into layman terms for you to understand the science and usage on these products. Everybody’s skin is different. So work with your skin and listen to it. I am not you so I would not know your skin better than you do. If the recommendations do not work for you then do not follow it and try something else. Please do not scold or say me for recommending something that does not work for you.

Everybody read and see things differently. The way I interpret and summarize these terms and meaning makes it easier for me to understand. So if you do not understand, I have added the links to where I got most of my information from. You can go straight to the main source.

Also, the recommendations given are based on the ingredient list and my 1st impression on where to put it. It might change in the future after experimenting with it for a while. Will let you know about that in the final review!

Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

What is it:

A Brightening Serum with Stabilized Vitamin C Derivative

What is Ascorbyl Glucoside?

It is an antioxidant that breakdown into Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) and it is also known as one of the Vitamin C derivatives.

What makes it different from LAA and other Vitamin C Derivatives?

  • Water-Soluble Derivatives = More stable in water compare to L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA)
  • Have greater stability in the presence of air, heat, light, and pH changes compare to LAA.Thus…
  • Does not irritate or sting the skin as much as LAA
  • Less potent than direct LAA
  • Not known on how effective it is after it breaks down to LAA inside the skin. It is said that it is not as effective as the other Vitamin C derivatives.
  • Known to be the golden standard of Vitamin C due to the…
  • Higher stability and comfortable use compare to other derivatives
  • It blocks the formation of new melanin. Example, forming of age spots


The Ordinary Vitamin C Guide

Formula / Format:

Water Solutions

pH Level:

6.00 – 7.00


Even out the skin tone, brightens up the skin and reduces the signs of aging,

Pros/Benefits of Ascorbyl Glucoside:

  • Even out the skin tone
  • Brightens up the skin = Reduce skin dullness
  • Reduces the signs of aging
  • Stable in the presence of air, heat, light, and pH which means….
  • Lasting as much as over 2x longer compare to other forms of Vitamin Cs. Thus..
  • Delivering the effects to the skin for a longer period of time
  • Higher stability even when comparing with other derivatives
  • Comfortable to use compared to other derivatives
  • Blocks the formation of new melanin like age or sun spots
  • Does not irritate or sting the skin as much as LAA


Cons/Detriment of Ascorbyl Glucoside:

  • Not known on how effective it is after it breaks down to LAA inside the skin
  • Less potent compared to LAA
  • It is not as effective by itself



  • Retinoids
  • Peeling acids

I still use my AHAs and/or BHAs in the same routine as this product as it is proven that it enhances the results! However, I would only do this when my skin is not sensitive and able to tolerate it that day. If your skin is unable to tolerate it, please separate the products into different time routine. For example, morning and night.

Please take note that there are a few factors when putting them together in the same routine like the pH level of the different products. if you are not sure how these things works, please separate them.

Listen to your skin. If it doesn’t like a combination of products/ingredients, then don’t. Your skin will tell you what to do.

There might be more contradictions but these are the ones that I know. If you do know more, please let me know in the comment section down below!

Best Pair/Combinations:

  • AHAs and BHAs. Like what I have said earlier on.
  • Other antioxidant and replenishing ingredients like Vitamin E
  • Vitamin E, C, and Ferulic acid. Helps to slow down the breakdown of Vitamin C and protects the skin from ultraviolet damage.
  • Vitamin A, E, and C have been said to be a good combination that gives great results but if you are not sure about it, I would skip it all together. As there might be a chemical or bad reaction.
  • Vitamin B, niacinamide. Yes, I know. It is weird but you can actually use this together and there are actually products that use them together.
  • Sunscreen!!! It actually enhances your sunscreen protection. All the more reason to put it in the morning!

Vitamin C, in general, is more effective when combining with others products. There might be more combinations that I do not know of. Please let me know in the comments section if you do! I would love to know!

AM or PM:


Similar Products:

  • Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone
  • Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
  • Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate Solution 10%


The Ordinary Recommendations Directions:

Apply a few drops to face

Lydia’s Recommendations on Where to put this:

Western only Skincare Routine

Toner -> Alpha Arbutin -> Buffet/Matrixyl -> Ascorbyl Glucoside -> Moisturiser/Oil -> Sunscreen

Toner -> BHA -> AHA -> Ascorbyl Glucoside -> Moisturiser/Oil -> Sunscreen

Toner -> Niacinamide -> Ascorbyl Glucoside -> Moisturiser/Oil -> Sunscreen



Western and Korean Skincare Routine

1st Essence/Hydrating Toner -> Alpha Arbutin -> Ascorbic Glucoside -> Moisturiser/Oil -> Sunscreen

3/7 skin laying method -> Niacinamide -> Ascorbic Glucoside -> Caffeine Solution -> Moisturiser/Oil -> Sunscreen

BHA -> AHA -> Ascorbyl Glucoside -> Hydrating Toner/2nd Essence/Emulsion -> Moisturiser/Oil -> Sunscreen


NOTE: Remember that I am just showing the different ways and examples of putting this product into a routine. You can always just add and take away steps according to your skin and preferences.

As you can clearly tell, I am totally recommending it to put it in the day time and that’s how I use it. I would not recommend using this by itself. It is more effective when it is used in conjunction with other ingredients. Examples are stated in the above.(Section: Best pair/Combinations)

Main Ingredient:

12% Ascorbyl Glucoside

Ingredients List:

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

1st Impression:

I am actually quite surprised that this did not irritate or sting or bite my skin at all! I was expecting at least a slight tingle or biting sensation but there was not! At least for this 1st time of using it. Hahaha!! But it is a good start!

It has a typical liquid-ey serum that spreads out to a thinner consistency. Like all previous The Ordinary products, this spreads easily onto the skin. It does dry pretty quickly but it does have a sticky/tacky feeling after, that goes away after moisturizer. There was a slight tightening feeling but that might be due to the sticky/tacky feeling. Will let you know in the final review.

I did not see any brightening effects the next morning. I tried this in the evening to really see my skin and how it affects it. I did not see any of my scars or pigmentation spots have gotten lighter but usually, you can only see those results after a few weeks/months. So I will tell you whether it lighten my pigmentation spots in the final review.

  • Translucent / Colourless
  • Liquid-y serum consistency that spreads into a thinner consistency
  • Spreads easily on the skin = High spreadability
  • Sink into the skin quite fast / Dries fast = High absorption rate
  • Might be giving a tightening effect (As explain above)
  • Leaves a sticky or tacky feeling
  • Stickiness/tackiness do go away after moisturizer over it. Not sure about the serum or hydrating toner has both of those products of mine do give a tacky/sticky feeling by itself.
  • No immediate brightening effects even in the next morning (From the 1st application)
  • Did not lighten any pigmentation spots (From the 1st application)
  • Does not hydrate (Obviously! It is not a hydrating product. Hahaha!!)
  • NO FRAGRANCE!! Still, I must say this as it is very important for me.

Please do remember these are my thoughts and recommendation from the 1st application, and by looking at the ingredient list. My thoughts and opinions might change after using this for some time. So please do take note of that! I will let you know my final thoughts in my final review!


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See you in my next post!!


If you want to know more about this ingredient, click the links down below!–cosmeceutical_corner/skin-lightening-properties-of-ascorbic-acid/

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