Which is more important for your skin – vitamin A or C?

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Which is more important for my skin – vitamin C or vitamin A? Can they be used simultaneously?


Dr Maureen Allem from Skin & Body Renewal responds:

“Both vitamin A and vitamin C have numerous beneficial effects on the skin and they can definitely be used together. Vitamin A (topical retinoids and dietary supplementation) improves the quality and texture of skin and is commonly used for its anti-ageing effects. Vitamin A helps to minimise fine wrinkles, improves elasticity of skin, increases collagen synthesis, treats sun damage and gives the skin a more youthful appearance. Vitamin A can also be used to treat certain skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, keratosis and more.

Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant which protects the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals, which promotes ageing of the skin. Free radicals are caused by stress, sun exposure, pollution, toxins, poor diet and habits such as smoking. Vitamin C also promotes collagen production which leads to firmer skin and regeneration of damaged skin. It also lifts tiredness from the skin, leaving the skin looking fresher, brighter and rejuvenated. Serums or creams containing vitamin C, as well as dietary supplementation with vitamin C will have positive effects on the skin and will protect the skin from damage and ageing.”

Ask Dr Maureen Allem your skincare questions here.

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  1. Pseudo_kate

    The easiest way for me to remember this is the Vit A is for anti-ageing and C for radiance.

    2 years ago •

  1. Esme Van Jaarsveld

    I LOVE my VIT C’s. Cannot live without them.

    3 years ago •


    so we should use both creams and vitamins containing vitamin A and C?

    3 years ago •

  1. smellycelly

    So not related to Vit A or C topical lotions, but still related to lotions…

    I know it’s said that you should use Environ on its own without other brands, would it be okay for me to use a Kiehls midnight oil serum with the range?

    3 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi there Celeste. This will depend entirely on the types of ingredients found in your Environ products. Chat to your therapist about this the next time you go for a facial as she knows your skin and will be able to point you in the right direction.

      3 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    Great article! Would a multivitamin do the job? Or is there a certain minimum amount to take of each?

    3 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Salmaa, here we are referring more to topical vitamin C and A creams and serums, with a supplement being taken as a bonus.

      3 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I understand that Vitamin A and C are required but what is the quantity in milligrams per day?

    3 years ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Hi Mark, what we are referring to here is more topical vitamins, ie, vitamin serums and creams, rather than vitamin tablets.

      3 years ago •

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