Retinol and vitamin C are two of the most popular skincare ingredients on the market. Both have been clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. But are they the best skincare routine when used together? Let’s take a closer look.

Retinol and Vitamin C: Benefits

How to Use Retinol and Vitamin C Together

If you’re using both retinol and vitamin C in your routine, it’s best to apply the vitamin in the morning and retinol at night. This is because vitamin C is best applied during the day to protect the skin from external toxins, while retinol is best applied at night when the skin is in repair mode.

Tips for Using Retinol and Vitamin C Together:

  • Start with a low concentration of both retinol and vitamin C and gradually work your way up to higher concentrations as your skin becomes more accustomed to the ingredients.
  • Always wear sunscreen during the day when using vitamin C, as it can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
  • Be patient. It can take several weeks or even months to see the ful benefits of using retinol and vitamin C together.

Potential Side Effects

  • Retinol can cause dryness, flakiness and sensitivity to the sun.
  • Vitamin C can also cause sensitivity to the sun, as well as irritations and redness if used in high concentration or on sensitive skin.


If you have sensitive skin or are unable to use retinol or vitamin C, there are plenty of other skincare ingredients that can provide similar benefits:

  • Niacinamide can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while also brightening the skin and reducing the appearance of pores.
  • AHAs (Alpha hydroxy acids) like glycolic acid and lactic acid can help to exfoliate the skin, and improve texture. And reduce hyperpigmentation.

In conclusion, retinol and vitamin C can be a powerful combination when used together in a skincare routine. However, it’s important to start with a low concentration of both ingredients, be patient, and always wear sunscreen during the day. Remember that there are alternatives to these products and consult with a dermatologist if you have any concerns about using them or if you are unsure which products would be best for your skin type.