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Should you be using vitamin C and hyaluronic acid together?

Should you be using vitamin C and hyaluronic acid together?
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Should vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, each offering their own benefits, be used in conjunction with one another? We explore how they can be incorporated into your skincare routine.

What benefits do vitamin C and hyaluronic acid offer?


Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid (HA) are two repairing ingredients that are frequently found in skin care products, which both provide skin with powerful anti-aging benefits. Products that commonly contain vitamin C and hyaluronic acid include anti-aging moisturizers and serums, and daily topical use of both ingredients can yield notable results on the face, including reduced signs of wrinkles and dark spots.

Premature aging of the skin is a result of repeated exposure to UV radiation, and eighty percent of facial skin aging is attributed to UV exposure, resulting in the materialization of signs of aging[1]. Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is so vital in skincare products because it acts as an antioxidant when applied to skin, helping with skin cell rejuvenation and inducing collagen synthesis[2]. Studies have shown that vitamin C protects skin from UV-induced damage by reducing the amount of free radical formation, which is counteracted by vitamin C’s antioxidant properties[3], and can also promote wound healing and prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation[4]. In addition, vitamin C has been suggested to reduce wrinkles and help repair age-related damage, while brightening the skin[5].

Hyaluronic acid
can hold up to1000xits weight in water

Hyaluronic acid has the unique ability to bind and retain moisture, holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water, and due to its hygroscopic properties, it draws moisture to the skin, making it an excellent moisturizer, while plumping up and smoothing out skin[6]. Hyaluronic acid comes in serums, creams and the longevity of hyaluronic acid’s effectiveness is dependent on how it is administered. While it may reduce the signs of aging, hyaluronic acid should also be used in conjunction with sunscreen for maximum protection from the harming effects of UV exposure.

An anti-aging skincare routine containing hyaluronic acid and vitamins significantly improves the biomechanical parameters of the skin.

Can vitamin C and hyaluronic acid be used together?


Yes, they can be.

Studies have suggested that an anti-aging skincare routine containing hyaluronic acid and vitamins (including vitamin C) significantly improves the biomechanical parameters of the skin, which includes wrinkles and skin texture, as well as elasticity, without notable adverse effects[7].




How to use vitamin C and hyaluronic together


Serums are applied before moisturizers and creams; as in terms of consistency, it’s better to layer from thinnest to thickest (while allowing enough time for them to dry in between). After cleansing and toning your skin, vitamin C should be applied, due to its highly reactive properties.This will smooth and brighten skin. Your hyaluronic acid serum/moisturizer or cream should be applied next. It will plump up your skin and make the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines less noticeable. The final step of your skincare regime in the morning should be the application of SPF protection topically. Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid (or a product that combines both) can also be applied at night, prior to going to sleep.

[1] Flament, F. et al, ‘Effect of the sun on visible clinical signs of aging in Caucasian skin.’ in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 27.6 (2013) pp. 221-32 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24101874]
[2] Crisan, D. et al, 'The role of vitamin C in pushing back the boundaries of skin aging: an ultrasonographic approach' in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 8 (2015) pp. 463-470 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4562654/]
[3] Tran, D. et al, 'An antiaging skin care system containing alpha hydroxy acids and vitamins improves the biomechanical parameters of facial skin' in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 8 (2015) pp. 9-17 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4277239/]
[4] Telang, P.S. 'Vitamin C in dermatology' in Indian Dermatology Online Journal 4.2 (2013) pp. 143-146 [Accessible athttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673383/]
[5] Tran, D. et al, 'An antiaging skin care system containing alpha hydroxy acids and vitamins improves the biomechanical parameters of facial skin' in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 8 (2015) pp. 9-17 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4277239/]
[6] Wang, F. et al, 'In vivo stimulation of de novo collagen production caused by cross-linked hyaluronic acid dermal filler injections in photodamaged human skin.' in Archives of Dermatology 143.2 (2007) pp. 155-63 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17309996]
[7] Tran, D. et al, 'An antiaging skin care system containing alpha hydroxy acids and vitamins improves the biomechanical parameters of facial skin' in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology 8 (2015) pp. 9-17 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4277239/]

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