Do Not Mix Vitamin C with Retinol The Same Time. True or False? The answer below

Hey Folks,

There is plenty of misinformation on skincare routines. Some dermatologists and skincare coaches state that you should not use Vitamin C together with a Retinol type product. TRUSE OR FALSE? What do you think?

My advice is that you should not mix skincare products and ingredients if you do not have proper knowledge about how they work, and how they interact with other ingredients so you do not end up with over-drying, irritating and over-exfoliating skin. 

When often asked, my advice to my beloved female customers and followers is that your routine should include only select skincare products with ingredients that complement and support each other to work even better for best results and comfort for your skin.

Getting back to Vitamin C versus Retinol:

Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant powerhouse and fades out sun spots, age spots, melasma, & hyperpigmentation, makes skin look radiant and youthful and promotes collagen production.

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A and promotes skin cell turnover, & helps improve the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, sun spots, uneven skin texture, and acne. The only problem? It can be irritating.

Once again, many dermatologists and skincare coaches state that we should not use Vitamin C together with a Retinol product. True or False?


Reality Check: Research has shown that combining suitable and powerful vitamins gives the best results for our skin! If not sensitive to them, teaming up together Retinol (vitamin A) with vitamin C works well to help rejuvenate our skin for a more youthful look. Also, vitamin C actually helps Retinol work even better! When combined, Vitamin C fights free radicals, which helps protect Retinol from oxidation (chemical damage) as it penetrates skin — so Vitamin C increases the anti-aging benefits of Retinol!

Here Are My Recommendations:

If you do not know your skin type, start using a Retinol or retinoid based moisturizer only at night, like my Tightening Night Cream, and in the morning, you use a Vitamin C serum, like my Luxe Concentrate Serum, before you apply your day moisturizer with SPF 40 broad spectrum, like my Revitalizing Cream Sunscreen SPF 40 broad spectrum. After a few weeks, try to use the Vitamin C serum every other night before applying the Retinol night moisturizer. If no skin irritation or discomfort, then you can use the Vitamin C serum every night before applying the retinol night moisturizer, and you can use the Vitamin C serum also in the morning before sunscreen, always depending on your skin type and needs.  Every couple weeks, alternate the Vitamin C serum with a concentrated Hyaluronic Acid serum like, my Ultimate Plumping Serum, and a concentrated Green Tea antioxidant serum like my Dynamic Antioxidant Serum.

As a continuous reminder, purchase only top quality skincare products from trusted and reputable brands, and not from potentially questionable resellers.

I also urge you to check out my PELA SKIN safe and clean, 5-star review, top sun anti-aging skincare products that work well.

Check them out at: PELASKIN.COM


I am Dr. Mel Glamor, Chemist, PhD, Houston TX, Founder of PELA SKIN

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