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What you should not mix with retinol in your facial care routine

Retinol is a wonderful nighttime active ingredient, in fact, essential in your anti-aging routine, but it is essential to know which products we should not combine with it in the same nighttime routine. Here I explain in an easy and simple way which ingredients are incompatible with retinol and why. Pay attention, enlighteners, to these tips, one wrong step can make us go back to square one!

Vitamin C

Although vitamin C is an antioxidant for morning use and retinol for night use, many of you ask us if they are compatible. The answer is NO, they are not compatible in the same routine , both ingredients can cause irritation, but in reality, they are used at different times so there should be no problem. That is, retinol will be used at night and vitamin C during the day.

Glycolic Acid and Retinol: Together but not mixed!

Glycolic acid is known for its glow effect, for exfoliating the skin and treating problems such as blemishes. However, mixing it with retinol can increase irritation and reduce the effectiveness of both ingredients. Alternate its use on different nights and use the two most effective transforming active ingredients that exist in cosmetics. As you would say, together but not mixed.

Avoid other Acids with Retinol

In general, it is best not to combine retinol with other acids, as it can cause irritation. This includes acids such as salicylic, lactic... If you want to incorporate acids, do so at separate times in your routine.

The exception that proves the rule: Hyaluronic acid

Although we have mentioned that it is better not to mix retinol with other acids in the same routine, there are exceptions such as hyaluronic acid. [Reason why nothing happens with this acid]. Of course, remember that after cleansing and applying hyaluronic acid you must wait at least 25-30 minutes so that the skin is completely dry inside and out before applying retinol.

hyaluronic acid

Alternate Routines for Healthy Skin

The key to enjoying the benefits of retinol without damaging your skin is to establish alternate routines . Use retinol one night and then the next, opt for a non-compatible product, such as glycolic acid or the sebum control serum, which is a formulation full of wonderful acids, ideal for treating excess oil and acne. Don't forget to apply sunscreen in the morning, as retinol can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun.

sebum control serum

Retinol is the most important active ingredient in a cosmetic routine, but you should be careful when combining it with other ingredients. Avoid vitamin C, glycolic acid and other acids in the same routine. Opt for alternate routines to make the most of each ingredient. Follow these tips for healthy and rejuvenated skin.

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