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Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin C Benefits: How To Layer Them Together

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Here’s all you need to know about using two of the most loved ingredients of the skincare world- Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid.

Hyaluronic Acid or Hyaluronan, is a chemical that naturally occurs in the human body. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant which can hold 1000 times its own weight in water. Its purpose is to retain moisture and lubricate the areas where it is found.

  • It is a potent humectant and it deeply hydrates the skin.
  • It may have anti-aging benefits.
  • It can soothe the skin.
  • It may aid in the healing of wounds.
  • It may help with redness and irritation.
  • It can aid in the relief of inflamed skin.

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that may be found in a variety of foods such as citrus fruits, green vegetables, and potatoes. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient as it is not synthesized by the human body, and is required for healthy functioning.

  • It can provide protection against sun damage.
  • It’s a strong antioxidant.
  • It may provide relief to a sunburn.
  • It works well in the treatment of hyperpigmentation.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It promotes collagen synthesis.
  • It can improve uneven skin tone and texture.

 

Both Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C are compounds which are essential for the healthy functioning of the body. Hyaluronic Acid is a carbohydrate polymer that’s naturally found in various parts of the human body like eyes, skin, joints and other epithelial and connective tissues. It has different functions in each part of the body it’s present in. It’s present in larger amounts in the basal epidermal layer. Vitamin C on the other hand is a water soluble vitamin that’s also naturally found in the human body. Unlike Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C is highly concentrated in both the epidermal and the dermal layers. It facilitates wound healing and the synthesis of collagen. It also acts as an important antioxidant to carry out many enzymatic and non-enzymatic reactions. Hyaluronic Acid is used in skincare due to its potency as a humectant whereas Vitamin C is used due to its antioxidant and brightening properties. 

Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid are a match made in heaven. When paired together, not only do they boost each other’s actions, Hyaluronic Acid also cancels out any potential irritation that may be caused by Vitamin C. Vitamin C may cause redness, irritation and dryness, Hyaluronic Acid being a humectant with soothing properties can help prevent these side effects. Vitamin C evens the skin tone and provides photo protection while Hyaluronic Acid hydrates the skin, repairs the epidermal barrier and improves skin’s elasticity. 

While doing your skincare routine, the products that are acidic (have a low pH) should be applied first, and in terms of consistency, it’s best to begin with the products with the thinnest consistency. Coming to Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C is acidic in nature so it should be applied before Hyaluronic Acid. If you choose to use two serums, apply Vitamin C first, followed by Hyaluronic Acid. In case of a Hyaluronic Acid serum and a Vitamin C-infused moisturiser, apply the serum first and seal it off with the moisturiser. The best way to incorporate Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C is to find a serum that combines both, eliminating the need to apply them separately. Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C serum can be used twice a day, both in your A.M. and P.M. routine.

  • Look for a product that combines Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C to effectively use the two ingredients together. Using too many products can reduce the efficacy of the ingredients.
  • Although this combination can be used at night, remember to use it in the day time to utilize the benefits of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to the fullest.
  • Make sure that any formulation consisting of Vitamin C is stored in a dark packaging, away from heat and sunlight. Direct sunlight or heat can degrade Vitamin C and decrease its efficacy.
  • Make sure to use sunscreen to avoid contradicting the benefits of using this combination and prevent sun damage.
  • Ensure that you patch test before using Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid in your routine. Even though these ingredients are fairly well tolerated by most skin types, it’s possible that these ingredients may not be suitable for you and can result in irritation.

Deconstruct Hydrating serum with 2 % Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Niacinamide is a one-of-a-kind solution that combines three different molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid. Niacinamide improves the texture of the skin, restores the epidermal barrier, and soothes the skin, while Hyaluronic Acid hydrates the skin.

Deconstruct Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Face Wash with 0.5% Amino Acids + 0.1% Hyaluronic Acid is a uniquely formulated face wash that hydrates the skin as it cleanses and sloughs away the impurities. A combination of 0.5% Amino Acids and 0.1% Hyaluronic Acid helps prevent stripping of moisture from the skin. 

Deconstruct Vitamin C serum with 10% Vitamin C + 0.5% Ferulic Acid combines the benefits of Vitamin C with Ferulic Acid which is an antioxidant with soothing properties. The Ferulic Acid stabilises and boosts the efficacy of the Vitamin C.

Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C are two powerhouse ingredients with a long list of benefits of their own. Combining these two ingredients boosts their efficacy and helps you get rid of an array of skin woes. Get the best of both worlds by adding both, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C into your routine.

  • Can Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid be used together?

Yes, absolutely! Not only can you use Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid together, using this combination can actually provide better results.

  • What goes first, Hyaluronic Acid or Vitamin C?

While doing your skincare routine, the products with the least thickness go first and in terms of pH, acidic products should be applied first. Since Vitamin C is more acidic, it should be applied before Hyaluronic Acid and followed by a moisturiser to seal it all in.

  • Can Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid be used in the morning?

Yes, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid can be used in the morning. Vitamin C has photoprotection properties which can help protect the skin against sun damage while Hyaluronic Acid keeps the skin hydrated throughout the day.

 

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