These days, both retinol and vitamin C have earned a reputation as miracle skincare products. They make your skin radiant and flawless and have anti-aging properties. But unfortunately, when used together, it can become a bit too much for your skin. It can lead to a burning and itching sensation, especially for sensitive skin.
But does that mean you can never reap the benefits of both products at the same time? Let us find out how you can make them work together without any side effects.
Benefits of Retinol
Retinol or vitamin A has excellent anti-aging properties. When used properly, the result is a baby's soft, plump skin that doesn’t look saggy. Thus, you get a youthful and nurtured appearance. It also even outs the skin, making it appear smooth. Though often mistaken as an exfoliant, it is not exactly so. It actually increases collagen production and is responsible for skin cell renewal. Hence the endless benefits.
Benefits of Vitamin C
The primary benefit of vitamin C is its brightening effect. It is rich in antioxidants and also helps with the cell regeneration process. It improves skin texture, and dark spots and even promotes collagen production. It also protects the skin from the effects of sunlight. Acne scars, hyperpigmentation, under-eye darkness- all can be significantly reduced by including vitamin C in your skincare regime.
How to incorporate retinol and vitamin C in your routine
Combining vitamin C and retinol can lead to skin irritation if you have very sensitive skin or skin that is not well tolerated by the two ingredients. Although you can use the two in one routine if your skin can tolerate it, it is best to incorporate them separately. Use the latter at night and the former in the morning. Using vitamin C in the morning will help you reap its benefits against environmental stressors. On the other hand, using retinol is better at night as it can make your skin sensitive to sunlight.
Benefits of combining retinol and vitamin C
Using retinol and vitamin C together can make your skin much smoother and brighter than what happens when you use any one of them. Studies have also shown that hyperpigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles are reduced at a much faster rate when these two are combined. Contrary to popular opinion, the combination of vitamin C and retinol can also enhance the skin barrier, thereby protecting the skin from toxic and harmful substances that cause skin damage and premature aging.
Side effects of combining retinol and vitamin C
Skin irritation is the most common skin problem you experience, especially if the retinol and vitamin C are layered. Moreover, they are both slightly drying for the skin and hence you must have an intense moisturization routine to neutralize that effect. And it goes without saying that using a sunscreen every single 365 days is a must.
Altogether, combining retinol and vitamin C can have both good and bad effects, depending on your methods of using them. The key is to understand your skin’s requirements well and use them accordingly.