Ascorbyl Glucoside

Ascorbyl Glucoside

Also-called-like-this: Form of Vitamin C
What-it-does: antioxidant, skin brightening


A form of skincare superstar, vitamin C. If you do not know why vitamin C is such a big deal in skincare, we have a really detailed, geeky description that's good to read. :) 

So now you know that because pure vitamin C is such a diva (very unstable and hard to formulate) the cosmetic industry is trying to come up with some derivatives that have the badass anti-aging properties of vitamin C (antioxidant protection + collagen boosting + fading hyperpigmentation) but without the disadvantages. This is a hard task, and there is not yet a derivative that is really proven to be better in every aspect, but Ascorbyl Glucoside is one of the best options when it comes to vitamin C derivatives. Let's see why:

First, it's really stable and easy to formulate, so the problems that come with pure vitamin C are solved here.

Second, in vitro (meaning made in the lab, not on real humans) studies show that ascorbyl glucoside can penetrate the skin. This is kind of important for an anti-aging ingredient to do the job, so this is good news, though in-vivo (made on real humans) studies are still needed. 

Third, in-vitro studies show that after ascorbyl glucoside is absorbed into the skin it is converted to pure vitamin C (though the rate of conversion is still a question mark). It also shows all the three anti-aging benefits (antioxidant protection + collagen boosting + fading hyperpigmentation) that pure vitamin C does

Bottom line: ascorbyl glucoside is one of the best and most promising vitamin C derivatives that shows similar benefits to that of pure vitamin C, but it's less proven (in vivo vs. in vitro studies) and the extent of the benefits are also not the same.  

Show me some proof

  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Volume 11 (4) – Dec 1, 2012, Stability, transdermal penetration, and cutaneous effects of ascorbic acid and its derivatives

Products with Ascorbyl Glucoside

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% Alkemie Snow White Wake-Up Shot Intraceuticals Booster Vitamin C+3 Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Booster Serum FEMMUE Lumière Vital C MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion Paula's Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer Paula's Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster Obagi Professional-C™ Serum 15% Obagi Professional-C™ Serum 20% Revolution Gentle Quinoa Night Peeling Serum (Quinoa Night Peel) bareMinerals Skinlongevity Serum 2Sol Facial Recovery Booster Claire-ity Vitamin C Serum With Hyaluronic Acid And Vitamin E DR ROEBUCK’S Boost & Tighten Serum Dr Dennis Gross Triple C Firming Peptide Oil Paula's Choice Defense Antioxidant Pore Purifier Paula's Choice Resist Brightening Essence Treatment Vital Actives Vitamin C 20 Anti-Aging Serum Avene A-Oxitive Antioxidant Defense Serum Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask Garnier Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller Garnier Moisture Bomb Hydrating Night Cream Moisturiser Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate L´Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream Noreva Anti-Dark Spot Night Care Origins Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Bright Dark Spot Correcting Serum Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream Sesderma Ferulac Liposomal Serum skinsolve Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate Allies of Skin Fresh Slate Brightening Cleanser + Masque Garnier Anti-Dark Spot Renovator Night Origins Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Overnight Mask Murad Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum Sesderma Azelac Ru Serum LANEIGE Water Bank Hydrating Eye Gel La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Anti-Redness Moisturizer Lumene Glow Boost Essence Lumene Valo Glow Boost Essence Lumene Valo Glow Lumenessence Brightening Beauty Lotion BOSCIA Detoxifying Black Charcoal Cleanser Garnier Clearly Brighter Anti-Sun Damage* Daily Moisturizer Spf 30 Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner Dr Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Spf 40 LANEIGE Water Bank Hydrating Gel Zo skin health Brightenex™ 0.5% Retinol BOSCIA Luminizing Pink Charcoal Mask BOSCIA Pink Charcoal Mask