Retinol Cream and Vitamin C: How They Work Together
Using a retinol cream? How about a vitamin C serum? Both are well-known for their skin rejuvenating qualities. Numerous studies prove that both retinoid creams (derived from Vitamin A) and Vitamin C deliver amazing anti-aging benefits to the skin by boosting collagen, reducing wrinkles and repairing the effects of sun damage.
Hailed as the best anti-aging treatment available, Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that delivers age-defying results. No wonder it’s one of the most popular non-invasive, anti-aging skin treatments used by millions. Prescription-grade forms of Vitamin A are marketed as Retin-A, and are only available from a medical doctor. Over the counter forms of Vitamin A are referred to as retinoids. These are less potent than prescription-grade Retin-A, but do the same job – it may just take a little longer to see results.
Retinoids are one of the few ingredients capable of penetrating the skin deep at the cellular level where DNA is found. Once there, it changes the function of the DNA causing it to increase collagen production. This results in a younger, firmer, skin, brighter skin, more even skin tone, and can even help treat acne and minimize the look of acne scars. Learn more about retinoids in our article called Using Retinoids
About Using Retinoids and Retin-A
There are some basic rules to following when using a Vitamin A product.
First, be patient.
Retin-A and some retinoids (depending on the strength) can leave the skin red, irritated, dry and flaky. That’s the Vitamin A doing its job – revving up cellular turnover so younger, healthier skin can be revealed. The best way to successfully use retinoid products is to slowly to build tolerance in the skin. Start out using a pea-size amount every other night for two weeks. If the skin I stil sensitive, dial it down to once a week. Then gradually increase to every night. By week two, you should start to see a difference in your skin – it should look rosy and plump (as blood circulation increases). In a month, pores should appear smaller and the skin smoother. In less than six months, skin will be firm and toned, lines and wrinkles should be vastly improved and overall appearance should be that of a younger, healthier, more vibrant complexion.
– Avoid applying retinoids after a hot shower – especially if your skin is sensitive
– Apply retinoid products to dry skin to avoid irritation
– Moisturize dry skin when using retinoids or Retin-A – don’t worry, this product will penetrate the moisturizer without affecting the results
Topical vitamin C delivers powerful antioxidant benefits by protecting the skin from damaging free radicals (molecules that cause premature aging). These harmful free radicals are due to environmental damage such as pollution, poor diet, smoking, chemical toxins, etc., that effect the skin at the cellular level.
There are different types of Vitamin C (see our article on Vitamin C for skincare), but the bottom line is, Vitamin C helps:
- Boost collagen productions for firmer skin
- Minimize the look of brown spots from sun damage
- Reduce inflammation and irritation in the skin which lead to other skin disorders
- Improve the skin’s ability to heal itself
For best results, use your Vitamin C product as part of a daily skincare routine that includes a broad-spectrum sunscreen.