Retinol is considered an essential part of an anti-aging skincare routine. However, it is also one of the harsher products you can get over the counter. Thus, you cannot use all products with or undergo some procedures when using retinol. Many people often want to know, “Can I use retinol and hyaluronic acid together?”
Yes, you can use retinol and hyaluronic acid together. In fact, hyaluronic acid—as a humectant and moisturizer—can actually reduce the adverse effects or side effects of retinol, especially at first. Thus, when building up retinol usage, hyaluronic acid can help make this an easier process.
Hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in many different skin products. There are also specific hyaluronic acid serums. In most cases, it is recommended that you apply your retinol first and then your hyaluronic acid. Though, this can vary based on your skin type and goals. You may also consider using retinol at night and hyaluronic acid in the morning (or at morning and night).