Retinol vs Vitamin C—the Benefits and Differences in Skincare

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Retinol vs Vitamin C—the Benefits and Differences in Skincare

If you're weighing up the benefits of Retinol vs Vitamin C, it's likely you might be trying to tackle wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, or acne.

There are so many skincare products with different ingredients in the marketplace, it can be tricky deciding which ones are best for your skin.

Retinol and Vitamin C are two ingredients found in a variety of creams or serums; however, they work in different ways in your skincare routine.

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Retinol is derived from vitamin A and is used topically like vitamin C, both work in different ways. While the best vitamin C serums focus on collagen synthesis, skin tone and clarity to shift pigmentation, the best retinol creams speed up cell turnover and are helpful in learning how to get rid of acne and for general texture improvements.

Both Retinol and Vitamin C are effective skincare ingredients, and they can even be used in the same routine if you follow a few simple rules.

What is retinol?

Retinols are vitamin A derivatives, that come in a few different forms. Your body converts these into an active form, retinoic acid, that can then be used by your skin cells.

Retinol benefits

Once your skin converts it into retinoic acid it helps shed dead cells and grow collagen, which contributes to skin smoothing and plumping. Retinol can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve an uneven tone, as well as exfoliate the skin. Retinol is often used in skincare for oily skin.

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What is vitamin C?

Vitamin C is one of the nutrients we learn about as children that is good for your health. In skincare, Vitamin C is one of the most effective antioxidants to mop up free radicals, found in smoke, pollution, and UV. This gives it powerfully protective and restorative properties when applied to the skin.

Vitamin C benefits

Collagen is the skin's support structure. It keeps connective tissue strong, which results in skin retaining elasticity. Using topical Vitamin C fortifies the skin, and helps to fight off irritants and damage, giving skin a firmer appearance. It can also fade pigmentation caused by environmental damage.

Ways to Use

Vitamin C and Retinol are both found in topical products and can be applied to cleansed skin like you would most skincare. Vitamin C is used in serums for better absorption. Retinol is used in serums and moisturizers.

Vitamin C is best used in the morning and Retinol increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so it’s best at night. Wearing sunscreen is a good idea, and experts advise applying sunscreen in the mornings after using retinol the night before.

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With careful use, combining both in a routine, with Vitamin C in the morning and Retinol at night, you could achieve the best results of all.

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