Individually, Vitamin C and Retinol are amongst the most important and scientifically-proven effective ingredients for the prevention of oxidative damage and premature ageing.
Together, they are the ultimate power couple that will help you achieve and maintain a healthy, youthful glow as well as target numerous skin concerns such as acne and dark spots.
WHAT IS OXIDATIVE DAMAGE?
It is damage caused to your skin cells as the result of, well.... being alive. It is unavoidable and happens when your skin is exposed to the sun, pollution and smoke.
While you cannot and should not stop yourself from living life to the fullest, you can certainly take steps to prevent and slow the effects of damage caused by environmental stressors and the natural ageing process.
How, you wonder? Why, vitamin C and retinol of course!
Two is certainly better than one, the key is choosing products with correctly formulated active ingredients that wont interact with one another.
Keep reading for the low-down on both.
Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants that you can use on your skin. It has the power to regenerate skin back to health and prevent the breakdown of collagen.
Decreased collagen leads to visible signs of ageing such fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and a dull, sallow complexion.
Benefits of Vitamin C
- Naturally improve the appearance and health of your skin.
- Boost collagen and elastin production to smooth fine lines, wrinkles and fight the sag.
- Fade hyperpigmentation, dark spots and even the skin tone.
- Fight inflammation, spots and pimples.
- Refresh and brighten a tired and lackluster complexion.
- Fade scars and speed up the healing process.
THE BEST FORM OF VITAMIN C
Vitamin C in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid found in most products is very effective, yet highly unstable, meaning it is easily broken down when exposed to sunlight and air.
It can also be irritating to those with sensitive skin and it doesn’t mix well with retinol due to their differing optimum pH levels.
Instead, opt for a “protected” version of Vitamin C such as sodium ascorbyl phosphate or “Stay-C”.
Holy Grail Beauty’s 5-in-1 Rejuvenating Facial Serum contains Vitamin C in the form of Stay-C, a stable and less irritating form of vitamin C that is effective at lower concentrations.
This product is fantastic for improving skin tone, firmness, acne, pigmentation and of course protecting your skin against free-radical damage.
Stay-C is also a badass, natural acne killer and is scientifically proven to be superior to other forms of Vitamin C.
As an added bonus, the 5-in-1 serum contains a tri-peptide complex and hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and supercharge its anti-ageing benefits.
Chances are, you’ve already heard of retinol. If your skin concerns include wrinkles, pigmentation, acne and uneven skin texture you may want to consider adding retinol to your daily routine.
This miracle ingredient has the power to increase cell turn over, causing your skin to shed and regenerate quicker.
It also boosts collagen and elastin production to smooth skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Retinol is a multi-tasker that can treat a myriad of skin concerns.
- Smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
- Boost elastin production to firm and tighten sagging skin.
- Fade hyper pigmentation, dark spots and scars.
- Treat acne and congestion.
- Refine skin texture and brighten the skin.
Retinol can be irritating to your skin and cause sun sensitivity, which is why we recommend always using sun protection as well as opting for a more gentle form of retinol suited to sensitive skin and daily use.
Holy Grail’s Retinol Repair Skin Crème is a lightweight, daily moisturiser enriched with hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts. It is specifically designed to be used in conjunction with the 5-in-1 Rejuvenating Serum in order to feed your skin all the necessary skin-repairing substances and ingredients that will keep it beautiful and healthy for as long as possible.
See? No need for a complicated, 12-step skincare routine. Carefully chosen, multi-tasking products can target and treat multiple concerns in two simple steps.
No need to choose between retinol or vitamin C, instead use both to achieve and maintain a beautiful complexion that will make you feel confident and happy in your own skin.