I have been using vitamin C products regularly for more than an year now, and I picked up this product from The Ordinary brand. This product contains 10% of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a vitamin C derivative rather than L-Ascorbic acid/pure vitamin C like many other products. Let us see how it worked.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is a water-soluble derivative of Vitamin C. It is more stable in water but it is less potent than direct L-Ascorbic Acid. This formula is a light cream that offers 10% pure MAP (very high solubilized concentration). Aside from the general benefits of pure Vitamin C, MAP has been shown to offer specific skin brightening benefits, more so than other derivatives of Vitamin C. A brightening Hydrator with Stabilized Vitamin C derivative.
Directions For Use:
Apply a small amount of this cream formula to face AM and PM, after application of water-based serums.
14.70 USD for 30 ml.
My Experience with The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%:
“The Ordinary” brand has quite a lot of variants in their “vitamin C” range. I picked up this Magnesium Ascorbyl phosphate 10% as my first vitamin C product from this brand. And this is my first non-Korean vitamin C product and I was a little apprehensive at first to use a cream based-vitamin C.
This vitamin C product comes in a silicone-based cream form and the packaging is the typical The Ordinary packaging. Though most vitamin C products come in 30 ml bottles, this felt quite small and since it was in a cream packaging, the amount of the product required was more and so the frequency of repurchase required for this product will be more than serum-type vitamin C products.
The cream is white in colour, slightly leaning towards off-white colour. The smell of the product is like a mix of citrus and walnut flavour, with more of a nutty flavour. The smell doesn’t stay long though. The smell could be attributed to the ingredients. Apart from having the Magnesium Ascobyl phosphate as the third ingredient, it also has coconut oil derivatives, kakadu plum extract, sacha inchi seed oil and vitamin E. These could be the reason for the smell of the product. Also, it is beneficial to have vitamin E along with vitamin C as the former helps or prolongs the stability of vitamin C.
Coming to the texture, the cream is easy to spread, but I felt that it required a large amount of product for the whole face. Though it was cream based, it didn’t feel heavy on the skin, rather felt a little bit mattifying.
This product was advised to be used both AM and PM. I used it as the second last step in my skin routine and I always used sunscreen along with it while using it in the morning.
My main aim of using vitamin C was to maintain the routine that I have started long back. Since vitamin C has helped me a lot with my acne, I am willing to invest in it more than any other serum.
I started using it once a day for two weeks and then twice a day. Since it did not make my skin oily or interfere with other serums, it was easy to add into the routine even during the day. The cream did not sting my face even during the first usage. Since I already knew how my skin reacts to Vitamin C and how beneficial it had been, I had something to compare to regarding the effect of this cream.
This cream did have an instant brightening effect and also it did not have a sticky feeling like some other vitamin C products. It also did not show colour changes on my face which some Vitamin C do.
Regarding the effects of this product, compared to the previous 5% and 20% products that I had used, it did have an amazing effect. My skin looked visibly brighter. And since it was easy to use, it was an added plus.
But the whole tube was not enough to last for even two months or so I felt. I have been using some serums for months together, but this one was emptied very soon. It is an equally amazing product compared to many other products out there, but if I have to buy twice the quantity for the same effect, I think it is a major con.
The price is indeed cheaper, but if it had been readily available in India, it would have been my favourite Vitamin C product for the results were visible instantly, but considering the shipping, customs and the increased cost to India, I would prefer getting or searching for other vitamin C products.
Pros of The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%:
- Instant results.
- Cream based, not heavy.
- Easy to use.
- No need to store in a refrigerator.
- Contains other hydrating and beneficial ingredients in addition to Vitamin C.
Cons of The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%:
- Comes in a small tube.
- Large amount of product is required for a single usage.
Would I Recommend/Repurchase The Ordinary Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10%?
I will recommend this product as it is one of the good vitamin C products I have found. And if you can get hold of it easily, it is even better. I may repurchase this product in future if it becomes easily available.
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