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Sun May 05, 2019 8:39 am      Reply with quote
Hi everyone, if I use retinol at night, and do not wash my face in the morning, then apply vitamin C, is that OK? I know you’re not supposed to combine retinol and vitamin C, but is the waiting period while I sleep enough time for the two ingredients not to conflict with each other? I never wash my face in the morning.

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Wed May 08, 2019 1:50 am      Reply with quote
I think this would be fine, but I'd be inclined to at least rinse my face in the morning.
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Wed May 08, 2019 5:42 am      Reply with quote
I understand several people e.g. Paula's Choice now recommend using vit c and retinol together. I am still sticking with vit c one night retinol the next at the moment but would be interested to hear from anyone using them together.
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Wed May 08, 2019 9:12 am      Reply with quote
You can combine Vit C and retinol – but you just wouldn’t do it in the same sitting (so to speak). So you wouldn't use Vit C and then apply Retinol immediately at the same time or minutes after per se. I use Retin A and Vit C and have done now since my 20's.

So you can use them at either ends of the spectrum, i.e. Vit C in the morning for sun protection and Retinol at night. I would advise though that you consider using sun protection on top of the Vit C as retinol (like Retin) makes skin more photosensitive to damage.
Also why don’t you wash your face in the morning? During sleep and the night your face produces oils etc and so the morning cleanse can help to sweep that stuff and gunk away and preps your skin for actives like Vit C.
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Sat May 11, 2019 6:59 am      Reply with quote
Hi, thanks for the replies. I believe that overwashing can lead to skin damage and I don’t believe that my skin is any dirtier when I wake up in the morning. The skin barrier can be compromised also and I only wash in the evening to remove sunscreen and makeup. My skin health is good and this is something I’ve stuck with for years now after reading an article about how French women do not wash their face in the morning. I have no makeup on and the good stuff I put on at night remains on the skin. I do not have acne prone skin so this works for me.

I am not a huge fan of Paula’s choice, I will probably do the overloading with vitamin c for a week and switch with retinol/ retin-a another. Thanks again for the replies.

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Mon May 13, 2019 6:53 am      Reply with quote
Overwashing can definitely lead to skin issues, but washing twice a day isn't really overwashing unless you are using a very harsh cleanser (and for some folk if they choose to use that kind they won't be able to wash their skin twice a day). However gentle cleansing is a really good habit and one that a lot of the professionals swear by, so it may be something to consider for future if you do have further issues.

Not sure what article you read, but I have a lot of french friends with beautiful skins who do cleanse twice a day and I'm jealous as they look far younger than their age.

If your skin is already good then overloading it isn't such a great idea, and I'm not sure why you would want to? You can seriously apply both Retinol and C just at separate ends of the day for benefit as mentioned above previously.

Also not sure if you saw this thread: http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=56706
but it may be worthwhile having a read of that too.
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