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Viral Retinol and Vitamin C Guide – How to Mix Them Together 2024

Here’s your guide on mixing the two most viral skincare ingredients Retinol and Vitamin C to get the best results


Ingredients 101

Some skincare compounds must be used in conjunction with others to be effective, while others are potent enough to help the skin on their own. Including products with the beneficial components retinol and vitamin C in your daily skin care routine delivers the most benefit because they perform effectively as solo items as well as in conjunction with others.

Retinol is particularly successful as a standalone treatment for promoting collagen synthesis, reducing acne, tightening the skin, softening skin texture, and regulating skin pigmentation. Vitamin C solutions can lighten weary skin, enhance skin health by protecting it from pollution and sun damage, treat hyperpigmentation, and reduce skin irritation and redness on their own.

When used separately, these two substances can tackle certain skin issues, but when combined, they form the perfect skin-beautifying combo for any skin type.



Due to their differing pH levels, it is a popular misperception that retinol and vitamin C do not work well together. Your skin requires a low pH level (0 to around 3.5) to absorb vitamin C, whereas a higher pH level (about 5.5 to 6) is required to absorb retinol. When vitamin C and retinol are combined, the pH of vitamin C rises while the pH of retinol falls, leading some to conclude that the two substances render each other ineffective.

Fortunately, new study indicates that these two potent substances can be combined. They deliver a tremendous punch when combined, correcting both natural and photoaging aging. Furthermore, vitamin C helps to stabilize retinol, boosting its efficiency.



Begin cautiously, as with any skincare product or component. Integrate new components gradually, paying close attention to how your skin reacts to each new addition.

Although retinol and vitamin C are incredibly effective therapies, they can be rather harsh on persons with sensitive skin. If you include them into your skincare routine too rapidly, your skin may become dry, flaky, red, or inflamed.

You may be able to use these products three times a week up to daily, depending on your skin type and tolerance. Begin with a weekly routine. If you do not have a bad reaction, gradually increase your usage.


Sunscreen is an essential component of any skincare regimen, regardless of skin type. Not only does sun exposure responsible for 90% of skin aging, but it is also linked to 90% of nonmelanoma skin malignancies.

Because retinol products thin the skin barrier and enhance susceptibility to UV radiation, it is critical to use sunscreen when using them. Although vitamin C’s antioxidant capabilities help to maintain a healthy skin barrier, which protects the skin from UV radiation, you should also apply sunscreen for additional sun protection. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying sunscreen every day, no matter how overcast or cloudy it is.

Retinol can be extremely drying to the skin, especially when first introduced into your skincare routine. You may notice an increase in dry, flaky skin cells as your skin adjusts to this potent substance. Furthermore, when retinol purges your skin of old skin cells to create space for new skin cells, the surface of your skin begins to flake away. This dehydration adverse effect can affect anyone, regardless of skin type (dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, or mixed skin).

Do you currently enjoy your morning skincare routine? Instead, take vitamin C and retinol at night to receive the benefits without disrupting what’s currently functioning properly.

Try taking retinol one night and vitamin C the next to receive the advantages of both without irritating or inflaming your skin. This nightly practice will gradually improve your skin’s radiance and firmness.

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