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How to Use AHA With Retinol in a Skin Care Routine

by
author image Melissa J. Bell
A writer with a Bachelor of Science in English and secondary education, but also an interest in all things beautiful, Melissa J. Bell has handed out beauty and fashion advice since she could talk -- and for the last six years, write for online publications like Daily Glow and SheBudgets.
How to Use AHA With Retinol in a Skin Care Routine
A woman applies retinol cream to her face. Photo Credit Tomwang112/iStock/Getty Images

Amp up your anti-aging skin-care regimen with a little help from the Vitamin A and AHA families. Vitamin A-derivative retinoids, like over-the-counter retinol products, and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), such as glycolic acid, benefit the skin in a variety of potent ways. They promote increased collagen production, keep pores clear, reduce fine lines, even out skin tone and brighten your visage, turning the clock back on both sagging and sun damage. However, as alpha-hydroxy acids create an undesirable pH environment for retinoids, your skin-care routine can't be haphazard.

Morning Routine

Step 1

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Pat dry with a towel, then let your skin fully dry for 15 minutes.

Step 2

Soak a cotton ball in a gentle toner and press it against your oily areas to remove excess dirt.

Step 3

Pat a pea-size amount of moisturizing eye cream around your eyes with your ring finger.

Step 4

Smooth a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 over your entire face. Let the moisturizer soak in completely before applying any makeup.

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Before Bed

Step 1

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry with a towel. Let your skin dry fully for 15 minutes.

Step 2

Smooth a pea-size amount of an alpha-hydroxy acid cream over your face twice each week.

Step 3

Smooth a pea-size amount of a retinoid cream over your face only on days you do not use an alpha-hydroxy acid cream.

Step 4

Let your skin dry for 5 minutes. Smooth a gentle moisturizer over your face to combat dryness.

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