Beauty

The Ultimate Power Couple: Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid

Written by: Brianna Peters

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Published on: December 23, 2022

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Some things in life are better together: Martinis and French fries. The White Lotus’s Daphne and beach caftans. Chocolate and peanut butter. In skin care, one of the very best pairings is vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.

  1. The All-in-One Glowy-Skin Solution

    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum goop, $125/$112 with subscription
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Vitamin C Skin Care

Whether your skin is blemish-prone, dry, or oily/combination or you just want to preserve the glowing complexion you have, you’ll see benefits quickly when you add vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to your routine. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that brightens, firms, smooths, evens skin tone, stimulates collagen production, and even helps soften the appearance of dark spots.

  1. Powder

    True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster
    True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster goop, $90
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  2. Lotion

    Saint Jane Hydrating Petal Cream
    Saint Jane Hydrating Petal Cream goop, $68
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  3. Eye Cream

    goop Beauty Vita-C Brightening Eye Cream
    goop Beauty Vita-C Brightening Eye Cream goop, $58/$52 with subscription
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  4. Serum

    Tata Harper Resurfacing Serum
    Tata Harper Resurfacing Serum goop, $92
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Hyaluronic Acid Skin Care

A versatile molecule that our bodies naturally produce, hyaluronic acid hydrates skin on contact. It sinks into skin instantly, moisturizing, plumping fine lines, and softening skin. Practically weightless, it doesn’t sit on skin or clog pores at all, making it amazing for all skin types (even very oily skin). Because of its soothing, nourishing, and skin-barrier-protecting properties, it’s the perfect complement to vitamin C.

  1. Silky Hyaluronic Acid Serum

    Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum
    Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum goop, $325
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  2. Hydrating Treatment

    The Organic Pharmacy Hyaluronic Acid Corrective Mask
    The Organic Pharmacy Hyaluronic Acid Corrective Mask goop, $56
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How to Combine Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid

You can layer the two (vitamin C goes on first, followed by hyaluronic), or choose a product that mixes the two. When we started developing our vitamin C serum at goop, we wanted to mitigate the natural degradation that occurs when vitamin C molecules come into contact with water. This oxidative process means that the second you open a bottle of vitamin C, it begins to lose its potency.

So we developed a two-part hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serum—the magic is in the activate-it-yourself delivery. You get a brown bottle with powdered L-ascorbic acid (the purest form of vitamin C) and a white one filled with a hyaluronic acid serum; you crack the top off the hyaluronic, pour the contents into the bottle of vitamin C, screw on the cap with the dropper, and shake. At that point it’s ready to use—and it stays potent for the next three months.

  1. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum
    goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 20% Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum goop, $125/$112 with subscription
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The serum is powerful—it’s 20% vitamin C—but because of the three different molecular sizes of moisturizing hyaluronic acid in the formula, it hydrates at the same time. It sidesteps the issue of oxidation and delivers both skin-boosting hero ingredients at the same time—easy.

More Brilliant Combination Products

  1. Gel-Cream

    Alpyn Beauty Triple Vitamin-C Brightening Bounce Cream
    Alpyn Beauty Triple Vitamin-C Brightening Bounce Cream goop, $49
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  2. Serum

    MACRENE actives High Performance Face Serum
    MACRENE actives High Performance Face Serum goop, $195
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  3. Essence

    Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence
    Vintner’s Daughter Active Treatment Essence goop, $225
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  4. Moisturizer

    Monastery Made Attar Floral Concentrate Balm
    Monastery Made Attar Floral Concentrate Balm goop, $168
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