How to use retinol with vitamin C for maximum skincare benefits

When it comes to skincare, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Layering products lets you pick and choose the best of the bunch for your unique skin concerns, but while some ingredients are a match made in heaven, others can wreak havoc on your skin. It’s important to know which ingredients can safely be mixed to deliver best results – so what about vitamin C and retinol? Here’s what you need to know about using retinol and vitamin C together.

Retinol vs vitamin C

Both are loved by dermatologists, but what do retinol and vitamin C do for your skin?

Let’s start with retinol. A derivative of vitamin A, this anti-ageing powerhouse plumps up skin cells to reduce enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles. At the same time, retinol stimulates cell renewal while giving circulation a boost to reveal healthier, younger skin.

Vitamin C is a powerful little antioxidant that defends your skin from free radicals – the molecules that lead to damaged, stressed-out skin. It offers an array of visible benefits, from brightening dull skin to preventing signs of early ageing, all while improving texture for a supple, fresh-faced complexion.

Can You Use Vitamin C With Retinol?

Both vitamin C and retinol give visible, dermatologist-approved results, for skin that truly glows. At the same time, a little trial and error is needed to find the best formula for your skin type and sensitivity.

Whether layered together using serums or added into your routine with all-in-one moisturisers and creams, these essential vitamins improve skin texture and tone while brightening and tightening to luminous effect.

Benefits of Using Retinol and Vitamin C Together

It’s clear they both offer plenty of benefits on their own, but what happens when you use retinol and vitamin C together?

Adding both ingredients to your routine gives you the best of both worlds. Vitamin C lightens, brightens, and strengthens the skin barrier, while retinol renews cells. Both enhance your natural glow while stimulating collagen production.

Yet one thing to beware of is potential irritation as a side effect. Layering a retinol and vitamin C together can irritate some of us with sensitive skin, but this can often be avoided by spacing out your application.

How To Combine Retinol and Vitamin C In Your Skincare Routine

There’s plenty of wiggle room when it comes to combining vitamin C and retinol as part of your everyday skincare routine. If your skin’s prone to irritation, a bit of trial and error is the way to go.

A simple way to incorporate both ingredients into your routine is with serums.

Step 1: Apply a vitamin C serum to clean skin in the morning to protect against free radicals throughout the day. Try Revitalift 12% Pure Vitamin C Face Brightening Serum to reduce fine lines and uneven skin tone. For the ultimate protection against free radicals throughout the day, pair up your vitamin C serum with L'Oreal Paris UV Fluid SPF50: a powerful duo to shield your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent premature aging.

Step 2: Apply a retinol serum at night after cleansing. Our Revitalift Pure Retinol Night Serum does the trick, quickly absorbing into skin to soothe and smooth away wrinkles while you get your beauty sleep.

Step 3: Day or night, lock in your serum with L’Oreal Paris moisturising cream to prevent side effects like irritation and dryness.

Discover The Revitalift Range with Vitamin C And Retinol 

All-in-one products make it easy to experience the power of vitamin C and retinol in gentle, skin-friendly formulations. Our Revitalift Laser Renew Range includes skin-friendly formulations that put retinol and vitamin C at their core.

Revitalift Laser Triple Action Anti-Ageing SPF 25 Day Cream brightens, firms and smooths away wrinkles using pro-retinol and vitamin C. It also protects from UV damage with built-in SPF, while giving a mega-dose of hydration thanks to hyaluronic acid.

For tackling the effects of ageing, day and night, try Revitalift Laser Triple Anti-Ageing Day Cream in the morning and Revitalift Laser Night Cream before bed. Like the SPF version, both enrich your complexion with pro-retinol, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C.

Check out our Revitalift Clinical Fluid Cream with SPF, a new fluid cream made with an non-oily and non-sticky formula to leave no white cast marks on your skin. This is a great addition to your morning skincare routine thanks to its UV protection: combined to our Vitamin C serum, it leads to a 4X brighter and more even skin tone. Vitamin E boosts antioxidant efficiency while glycerine and hyaluronic acid restore moisture. Combine this with a retinol-infused cream or serum in the evening such as L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Pure Retinol and say goodbye to dull skin.

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