Hyaluronic acid versus vitamin C
Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C can each have a positive impact on the appearance of your skin. Both ingredients can provide similar anti-ageing benefits, like supporting skin firmness, helping with elasticity, and reducing the appearance of fine lines. But they also have distinct capabilities that set them apart from each other – so what’s the difference?
Hyaluronic acid (HA)
Hyaluronic acid has become a popular skincare ingredient due to its deeply hydrating properties and affinity for most skin types. One molecule of hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, which in turn can benefit skin elasticity and texture for plumper looking skin.
Antioxidants in skincare, like vitamin C, can help to prevent skin damage from sun exposure and combat free radicals to defend against collagen loss. Vitamin C is also one of the most effective ingredients for skin brightening - it can help reduce the appearance of dark spots, sunspots, and under eye circles.
How to layer hyaluronic acid and vitamin CThe natural next question is can you use hyaluronic acid with vitamin C? These ingredients complement each other well in a skincare routine, but it’s important to use them correctly to reap the rewards of each. So, should you apply vitamin C or hyaluronic acid first?
•It’s best to use vitamin C first before Hyaluronic Acid as actives need to go on first before other serums and moisturisers. Apply to clean, dry skin after cleansing.
• Instead of serums, you might opt for skincare products infused with either of these ingredients, like vitamin C cleanser or HA moisturiser . Just remember to arrange your skincare routine order starting from the thinnest consistencies and ending with the thickest textures.
Can you use hyaluronic acid with vitamin C?
You can mix and match the benefits of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid by layering separate serums rather than using a single product that combines the two. Here are our favourites and how to use them:
• 12% Pure Vitamin C + E + Salicylic Acid Serum: Can reduce the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores while refining skin tone for a radiant complexion. It’s formulated with vitamin E to for a skin comforting effect that makes it perfect for all skin types. Press serum into clean, dry skin.
• Filler 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum: Gives ultimate hydration without any greasy residue. Macro-HA hydrates the skin surface while micro-HA penetrates the skin’s layers to help plump from within. After applying vitamin C, gently massage this serum into your face and neck.
Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid in the AMThe antioxidant properties of vitamin C mean it provides optimal benefits when used in the morning, after cleansing. Meanwhile, hyaluronic acid can provide an instantly refreshed, plumped look to the skin to kick start your day.
• To brighten under eye circles, use the L’Oréal Paris Filler 2.5% Hyaluronic Acid + Caffeine Eye Serum. The stainless-steel applicator is cooling and depuffing, while hyaluronic acid and caffeine aim to plump and smooth skin texture.
• Next, layer your vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serums. Take care to allow vitamin C to settle into skin before following up with HA.
• Lock in your skincare and protect the skin with a hydrating, SPF moisturiser like the Filler Hyaluronic Acid Day Cream SPF15.
Hyaluronic acid in the PM
While both vitamin C and hyaluronic acid can be applied at any time of day, HA can add a potent dose of hydration to your evening skincare regime. Apply a hyaluronic acid serum before bed to impact hydration while you catch up on much-needed beauty sleep.
• Once a week we love to add an extra boost of hydration to the skin with the Filler Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Sheet Mask. After cleansing, wear the mask for 15 minutes before removing. Gently massage excess serum into the skin.
• Retain moisture during the night by sealing your skincare with the Filler Hyaluronic Acid Night Cream.
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