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How to Combine Vitamin C, Retinol & Hyaluronic Acid

How to Combine Vitamin C, Retinol & Hyaluronic Acid

How to Combine Your Skincare Products?

If you are one of those people who follow skincare regimes, you may have heard about vitamin C, Retinol, and Hyaluronic acid. Even if you haven’t heard of these, you might have used products that contained one of these compounds. These compounds have a range of skincare benefits and that is why they are the most common ingredients in most skin care products. Each of the three mentioned compounds has its own irrefutable skincare benefit. Although these ingredients are available separately, to get the best result out of your skincare routine, it is important to know how to use them together.

Before diving deep into their combined use, let’s learn a bit about the individual compounds.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has lots of health benefits. When comes to skincare, vitamin C improves your skin tone and hyperpigmentation. It helps in neutralizing the damage caused by free radicals. It also helps in removing dark spots. In the serum form, it works best for the skin.


This compound is known for its anti-aging property as it reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It improves skin texture and gives your skin a fantastic glow. Retinol works by increasing collagen production that will ultimately result in the mentioned benefits. Even if you are not worried about anti-aging, it will still benefit your skin a lot.

Hyaluronic Acid

This is probably the most magical ingredient when comes to skincare. This fascinating compound is capable of binding about 1000 times its own weight with water which means that it will be able to lock the moisture in your skin in one place. It hydrates and plums the skin and maintains the overall health of your skin. It’s a very gentle compound that can be used on all skin types including sensitive ones.

If you are wondering if it is a good idea to mix these together? The answer is Yes. While they work great individually, they work even better when combined.

For Morning Skin Care Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

It doesn’t matter what you do in your skincare routine, you need to start with a clean face for best results.

Step 2: Use vitamin C

Vitamin C and retinol are very potent ingredients that have their own benefits. They are not usually used at the same time as they work best at different times of the day. When it comes to the morning routine, vitamin C is preferred as it contains antioxidants that will protect the skin from damaging factors during the day. Also, the impact of UV rays on skin renders Retinol useless during the day.

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Step 3: Use Hyaluronic Acid

After applying vitamin C, layer your skin with Hyaluronic acid as it will lock in the moisture and prevents early aging signs.

Step 4: Moisturize or apply sunscreen

For Evening Skin Care Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

Step 2: Use Hyaluronic Acid

Applying it before retinol will increase the effectiveness of Retinol treatment on your skin and prevent dryness.

Step 3: Use Retinol

Retinol is a very potent and effective compound in skincare but it has a slight downside. It causes dryness and flaking to the skin in the beginning but soon your skin will develop tolerance to it.

Step 4: Moisturize

Moisturizing is always recommended after using retinol to prevent dryness.

How to Use Vitamin A & Vitamin C Together – by Dr Alexis Stephens

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