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Habit Hack: How to Effectively Use Vitamin C and Retinol

Retinol and Vitamin C stand out as two of the most potent and popular active ingredients in the market. Both are effective, efficiently show results in a short period of time and are essential in any skincare routine.  However, it's crucial to note that using them together can lead to potential irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. It's important to learn how to safely and effectively use retinol and vitamin C together.

The Benefits of Using Retinol and Vitamin C

The combination of retinol and vitamin C yields a smoother and more radiant complexion. Vitamin C works to shield, safeguard, and promote collagen synthesis, whereas retinol rejuvenates skin cells for a youthful look and triggers collagen production. Together, they effectively diminish pigmentation and brighten discolouration.

Can You Use Retinol And Vitamin C Together?

Retinol and vitamin C each operate best at different pH levels. Layering these ingredients in your skincare routine can disrupt their pH balance, thereby diminishing their effectiveness when applied to your skin. It’s vital to make sure you are using these active ingredients at the right time.

Creating The Perfect Harmony

There are 3 key steps to effectively incorporate retinol and vitamin C in your routine.

  1. Time It Right: The key principle is that you space them out in time. A convenient method to achieve this is by utilising one during your morning routine and the other at night. We recommend applying vitamin C in the morning to capitalise on its ability to safeguard your skin against sun exposure, ensuring a radiant complexion. Save the evening for retinol to allow it to work its wonders by accelerating skin cell turnover  while you rest. 
  2. Begin Gradually: As you begin introducing retinol into your routine, you should start applying only every other day. Giving your skin ample opportunity to acclimate is essential before transitioning to nightly application.
  3. Alternate Application: Another option is to use each product on alternating days, or you might even consider using retinol every third day to accommodate your skin's adjustment period.


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