If both Vitamin C and Retinol are produced in our body in a natural way and coexist perfectly, why can’t we use it in the same cream? In fact, Vitamin C stabilizes the properties of Retinol and together they form a perfect team: the first will be responsible for renewing the natural tone and remove any spots that our skin may have and the second will act in its regeneration and restoration.
Despite the widespread belief that it is not possible, the answer is yes! But, you must always use sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to the sun (even if it is 30 minutes) as Retinol can produce a sun-sensitizing effect. For this reason, if you want to use retinol during the day, always use makeup that includes sun protection.
The reputation of retinol is that they’re a “harsh” ingredient. Sure, they can be a little aggressive, but people with sensitive skin can still happily use them with just a little modification. It’s best to start off cautiously with once or twice a week application. It’s often recommended that you either layer it on top of your moisturizer or mix together with your moisturizer.
The original invention of retinoids was to treat acne and prescribed to the younger crowd. It wasn’t until the 1980s, when a study published the skin benefits — like softening fine lines and lightening hyperpigmentation — that retinoids got remarketed as “anti-aging” ingredient.
Therefore, there is no age restriction on the use of retinol but about what skin conditions are being treated. After sunscreen, retinol is one of the best preventive anti-aging ingredients currently available.
This is a common myth as one of the effects is peeling of the skin when one first started using retinoid is skin peeling. People assume that this causes their skin to be thinned, but it is quite the opposite. Retinol stimulates collagen production, so it actually helps to thicken the skin. This is very beneficial to the skin since thinning of the skin is one of the natural signs of ageing.