Maximise your Glow with Vitamin C & Retinol

Retinol and Vitamin C can both be used in your skincare routine, but it’s important to use them at the right times. Learn how to incorporate Vitamin C and Retinol into Your Skincare Routine. 

Vitamin C and Retinol are two skincare ingredients proven to help you achieve glowing, healthy-looking skin, while dramatically improving the look of dark spots and uneven texture.

But skincare routines can be overwhelming, and when you introduce a new active ingredient, you want to be sure you are using it correctly, in the right place, and at the right time.

In this post, we explain where vitamin C and retinol fit in your existing routine, so you can experience the wonderful benefits of these two ingredients without worrying that you’re doing it wrong.


Retinol is a powerful ingredient that dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. It works by increasing cell turnover, which in turn improves skin texture.

Retinol is best used at night, as it can make the skin more sensitive to the sun.  It’s important to use retinol sparingly at first, and gradually build up to daily use or as needed.  Start by applying once or twice a week, and gradually increase the frequency as your skin adjusts to the new ingredient. Retinol should be applied after cleansing and toning, but before moisturising, so that it can penetrate the skin and work effectively. Your retinol is the penultimate step in your nighttime routine before moisturising.

With Superstar retinoid night oil, you may choose to skip moisturising, as it’s enriched with a host of super-hydrating natural oils.
Always use an SPF in the morning with any retinol treatment, because retinol increases the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.


Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, known for its ability to reduce hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone. With consistent use, it visibly reduces the appearance of dark spots and brightens the complexion.

Although vitamin C can be used morning and/or evening, we recommend introducing it into your routine mornings only, and building up usage as required. And remember – even though vitamin C provides additional protection from the sun, you still need a broad spectrum sunscreen. With both vitamin C and retinol, it’s a good idea to let the product sink into the skin for a few minutes before layering on other products.

Vitamin C should be applied after cleansing and toning, but before moisturising and sunscreen. This allows the product to penetrate the skin and get to work effectively.

Can i use both together?

Retinol and Vitamin C can both be used in your skincare routine, but it’s important to use them at the right times. When using both ingredients, it’s best to apply vitamin C in the morning and Retinol at night.

To avoid skin sensitivity and irritation, it’s best to start slowly and let your skin adjust to the active ingredients. If you experience any irritation or sensitivity, take a break and start over. With regular and appropriate application of Retinol and Vitamin C, you’ll soon notice enhanced skin brightness, even tone, reduced hyperpigmentation, and diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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