Pairing Retinol with Hyaluronic Acid Makes Perfect Sense

Retinol is universally recognized as an extremely effective anti-ageing multitasker — but it can be strong. 

Enter hyaluronic acid: this intensive hydrator not only tempers some of those side effects, it also helps minimise signs of ageing.

Here’s a breakdown of this power pair — how they benefit your skin, and how to combine them for maximum benefit.

Skin Drink Hyaluronic Acid Serum and Retinol Serum textures by SLMD Skincare

How does retinol fight ageing?

Retinol is an over-the-counter retinoid — a group of potent antioxidants derived from vitamin A. This powerful ingredient encourages exfoliation and supports the skin cycle, perfect for addressing:

  • Blemishes
  • Fine lines
  • Sun damage
  • Hyperpigmentation

What does hyaluronic acid do for skin?

Hyaluronic acid is a substance produced naturally by the body to hydrate and lubricate tissues — including skin. This multitasking magician holds many times its weight in water, which makes it ideal for:

  • Hydrating
  • Plumping
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
Skin Drink Hyaluronic Acid Serum that can be combined with retinol by SLMD Skincare

How to combine retinol and hyaluronic acid 

Retinol is a highly potent ingredient, but it can be strong. Though typically redness, flaking and irritation subside after several weeks, sometimes these side effects lessen, but still linger.

That’s where “sandwiching” comes in: applying soothing hyaluronic acid before and after retinol helps boost benefits while reducing redness and irritation from retinoids. Using a formula that includes skin nourishing ingredients, like [SLMD Skincare Retinol Serum], then layering a product like [Skin Drink], can help even sensitive skin types tolerate retinol.

Dr. Lee’s last word

Retinol slows down the breakdown of collagen, while simultaneously encouraging rapid cell turnover in our skin — but it can cause some drying and irritation. Look for formulas that also contain soothing ingredients, like my SLMD Skincare Retinol Serum. And keep your skin hydrated! Adding in a hyaluronic acid serum will help alleviate any flaking or redness...and the added hydration means you're going to see enhanced results from your retinol, too.

—Dr. Sandra Lee


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