Ingredients to pair and avoid with vitamin C serum
The list of vitamin C serum benefits is already quite lengthy, but what’s worth noting is that vitamin C also works well with a number of other active ingredients – while some should be used sparingly.
Using both vitamin E and vitamin C in your skincare routine helps to fight free radical damage caused by things such as air pollution, UV radiation and a poor diet. Additionally, both ingredients fight different types of UV damage, so using them separately or together in one product is a great way to help prevent photodamage.
Ferulic acid and vitamin C also pair well together, with the former helping to extend the effectiveness of vitamin C, while also fighting free radicals.
While technically a source of vitamin C itself, pineapple extract works well with other forms of vitamin C. The Vitamin C Anti-Fatigue Ampoule Face Sheet Mask with Pineapple Extract includes vitamin Cg with the added benefit of pineapple, for its exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties. For a brighter and more even complexion, the Pinea-C Brightening Serum Cream is formulated with pineapple and vitamin C to improve the appearance of dull looking skin.
Retinol is a much talked about active ingredient that also helps neutralise free radicals and aids with collagen production, but can you use vitamin C with retinol? While they can theoretically work together, doing so could lead to skin sensitivity, so it’s best to use on alternative days or times.
AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) and BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) such as glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids are both acids like vitamin C. Mixing AHAs and BHAs with vitamin C, much like retinol can be overwhelming for the skin. If you want to use these in your skincare routine, it’s best to alternate their use.