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Isn't it amazing how the beauty and skin care scene is always finding new and exciting ingredients to keep your skin looking fabulous? Plenty of ingredients have compelling benefits, but two undeniable stars of the show are Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. If you're like most skin care enthusiasts, you've probably wondered whether you can mix these two powerhouses to ramp up your skin benefits.


Well, you're in luck. Here's the lowdown on how to update your daily regimen to incorporate the best the skin care world has to offer.


Vitamin C: Your Antioxidant Powerhouse

PCA SKIN knows skin care, which is why Vitamin C is one of their most celebrated ingredients. Here are some of the ways Vitamin C can help you get your best skin:

  • Stimulate collagen production, helping to smooth fine lines and minimize wrinkles
  • Protect against ultraviolet A (UVA) rays and UVB rays
  • Fade hyperpigmentation and age spots to brighten skin
  • Reduce inflammation and soothe conditions like acne and rosacea

As a potent antioxidant, Vitamin C also helps prevent oxidative stress by fighting free-radical damage from environmental aggressors.

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Hyaluronic Acid: The Ultimate Hydrator

Hyaluronic Acid is like a refreshing drink for your skin, plumping and hydrating your complexion due to its hydrophilic (water-loving) nature. Some of the benefits of this soothing ingredient include:

  • Help skin retain moisture
  • Aid in wound healing and tissue repair
  • Calm irritation and redness
  • Improve skin texture and elasticity


How to Layer Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid

And now, onto the main event: how to layer Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. To get the most out of these ingredients, use formulas that linger on your skin (think serums or moisturizers rather than cleansers). From there, follow the golden skin care rule and apply your products in order from most lightweight to thickest to ensure all those skin-healthy ingredients absorb effectively. It's less about which ingredient to use first and more about the formula that ingredient is starring in.

For example, take two of PCA SKIN's favorite products: PCA SKIN C&E Advanced and Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum. After cleansing and toning your skin as usual in the morning, apply the lightweight C&E Advanced serum first. Then, follow up with the rich Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum to provide your skin with deep, long-lasting hydration that increases your skin’s own hyaluronic acid production.

When used together, Vitamin C protects, brightens, and strengthens your skin, while Hyaluronic Acid calms, hydrates, and seals in essential moisture. The result? A complexion that feels healthy and looks luminous—a match made in skin care heaven.


Test for Success

While Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid are both safe and generally well-tolerated ingredients, some people may experience irritation with Vitamin C. If you have sensitive skin, perform a patch test first. Then, slowly build up the amount of product you use before fully incorporating this ingredient into your skin care routine. When in doubt, ask your Dermatologist for advice.


Revealing Your Healthiest Skin

When used consistently over time, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid offer a range of benefits that can significantly enhance your skin health. As you navigate all of the exciting products out there, remember that science-backed skin care like PCA SKIN is your best bet. So go ahead and unlock the door to your most radiant, healthy skin yet.


Daisy Brumby
Daisy Brumby is a journalist turned beauty writer who specializes in all things skincare. She has written for West Dermatology, the Skin and Cancer Institute, and The Aesthetic Guide. What’s her skin care secret? She swears by the power of sunscreen to protect skin and Retinol to rejuvenate it.