[REVIEW] The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Review:

I have had successes with a few of The Ordinary Products and naturally I kept going back to the product range to see which others may suit me. I have also read a lot about Vitamin C and its benefits when applied on skin, besides taking as an oral supplement.

The Ordinary has quite a number of Vitamin C products and I was confused to which to try. I finally settled for The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% because it comes in a serum form and I do like the dropper system.


+ It is a lightweight, water-based serum with a stable form of vitamin C that brightens the skin and improves the signs of aging.

+ It reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven tone and promotes a smooth, radiant appearance.


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

Volume: 30ml

How to use:
Apply a few drops to your skin in the morning and at night before oils, moisturizers, and creams.

My skin type: Sensitive, Oily, Dehydrated, Enlarged pores, Aging

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Review:

The solution is many “free”; alcohol-free, silicon-free, oil-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free. It is in a dark bottle, unlike many of the other The Ordinary products. This is because Vitamin C oxidise and products with Vitamin C derivatives are usually put in dark, opaque bottle to preserve its efficacy.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Review

Unlike some other Vitamin C skincare products in the market, this contains a non-irritating form of vitamin C and has so far not cause any problem to my sensitive skin. Do note though that I only use this at night, as I am mindful if putting this on in the daytime and exposing to sunlight may cause my sensitive skin to react. But because it is a milder form of Vitamin C, the results will probably manifest itself slower comparatively.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Review

The solution looks somewhat cloudy. There is no scent to speak of, though I was half expecting it to smell citrusy. It does feel gentle on the skin without any stingy sensation often associated with Vitamin C products. One thing I noticed though is that even when applied on clean face, the solution tends to pill. See the white streaks on the photo?

I was initially wondering if it was because I did not wash off the cleanser from my face thoroughly. After using the solution for some time, I concluded it is just how the solution is. Just need to pat it in and all will be well. In fact, it absorbs really well and gives a smooth finish. But I do know some people get put off by this, which also happens to some other The Ordinary products.

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I apply sparingly each time, and there is still much in the bottle to go. Other than on the face, I apply this near my undereye areas too. And I hope I am not imaging things, but the fine lines in that area seemed to have soften. The lines have not totally disappeared, because this will be miraculous. But I do not see the prominence of the lines as before and in the morning, I seldom wake up with sleep lines since using this product. In case you do not know what I meant by sleep lines, I often get those “pressed” lines around my eyes areas from sleeping on one side. It is actually a sign of the skin losing its elasticity.

This solution also seems to complement the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc Oxide 1%. Ever since using the latter, I noticed that new acne scars fade away much faster and eventually completely. However, there are some very old acne scars at my chin and one on my nose from a blotched laser job which are stubbornly not retreating as much, like a skincare impasse.

With the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution, the ones on my chin are fading, slowly but surely. This is likely because it is a milder form of Vitamin C and the effects come in slower. I will just persevere and hope to bid these scars farewell permanently one day. But as for the one on my nose, which is actually a burnt scar, the damage is too deep. There is probably nothing that can savage this, short of going for another laser treatment.

Although this appears to work on some scars, I do not notice any overall radiance in my skin tone. Or is it because of the slower working power? I have been using this for 2 months. I wonder if I will see some light (pun intended) slowly but surely, as just with my stubborn acne scars.

Regardless, as of now, it has become very much a part of my nightly skincare routine. I have a stash of serum and stuff, so sometimes I do alternate amongst them. But I always reach out to this for my night application.
Once again, The Ordinary has won my heart.

Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | Cult Beauty

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2 thoughts on “[REVIEW] The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%”

  1. Interesting review! Please please PLEASE update us in a couple of months. Tell us if it really works on your old scars. I have the same problem and pretty much nothing seems to work..

  2. Hi ! I just started to use and I have contacted the DECIEM , they suggested me to use it in my AM routine , but you write you are using it in your PM routine. Now I am bit confused , because my skin type is exactly like yours. Please help me out and let me know how of u corporate this product in your PM routine, what other products do you use in the PM as well?


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