Why does my skin need Retinol and Vitamin C?

Caroline Davies

Written by Caroline Davies

Choosing the right ingredients for your skin can be tricky. There are so many to choose from, plus how can you be sure what really works? But there are two super hero ingredients that everyone can agree on to deliver real results. Hailed as the ‘gold standard’ in the world of skincare, it’s Retinol and Vitamin C.


Nutrimetics Ultra Care Plus Retinol  Super-C Serum

Even if you know nothing about skincare, it’s likely that you’ve heard of them. Renowned for being dermatologist’s most loved ingredients, Retinol and Vitamin C have undergone extensive research and are clinically proven to improve your complexion in multiple ways. That’s why Nutrimetics Beauty Lab have created NEW Ultra Care+ Super-C & Retinol Serum, so you can see for yourself how this power couple can transform skin from dull and drab to dewy and fresh.

Here’s everything you need to know about Retinol, Vitamin C and the new super serum that will put dull skin to bed.

Retinol is naturally derived from Capsicum


Super ingredients


Use it to: Jumpstart skin’s renewal

Naturally found in: Capsicum & Carrot

We’ve perfected the science with our unique gentle Retinol formula, offering amazing results with no side effects like redness, peeling or dryness. It’s the ideal choice for anybody new to using Retinol, thanks to clever time-release technology that helps prevent irritation. This A-grade ingredient works below the skin at a cellular level to encourage and accelerate skin renewal, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

  • Target, wrinkles, dark spots, loss of firmness and more
  • Releases slowly over time
  • More gentle on all skin types (even sensitive)

Did you know? Vitamin A (Retinol) is naturally found in foods like dark leafy greens and yellow, orange, red fruit and veggies. There foods are a great source of Beta-Carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A by the body. We need it in skincare as our skin can’t completely produce it alone.

Target dark spots, wrinkles and firmness Vit C + Retinol

Vitamin C

Use it for: Bright done right

Naturally found in: Oranges, Kiwi & Lemon

Vitamin C is a stable form of Ascorbic Acid. It’s renowned for being one of the best defences against environmental stressors. Vitamin C isn’t just an immune booster for your body, it’s a super ingredient for your skin. Dermatologists love it because it's a powerful Antioxidant, counteracting environmental stress, increasing glow and evening out dark marks. We’ve used a high concentration of Vitamin C for maximum glow boosting, with minimal effort.

  • Brightens lacklustre skin
  • Tackles sun damage
  • Fights free radicals

Did you know? A key reason as to why our skin ages is due to oxidative stress in the skin’s tissue, resulting in visible signs of ageing (like age spots, wrinkles, dullness and loss of elasticity). This stress is caused by free radicals (healthy cells turned bad) overtaking our skin’s Antioxidant defence. It’s important to constantly boost the levels of Antioxidants in our skin, as they are there to fight free radicals and prevent damage from occurring in the first place.


Other super star ingredients in NEW Ultra Care+ Super-C & Retinol Serum

Ferulic Acid

Use it for: Potent protection

Naturally derived from: Rice Bran

Ferulic Acid is a naturally occurring Antioxidant found in plants. Ferulic Acid reduces the ageing effects of damaging free radicals on the skin. This super acid also supports the stability of Vitamin C, and works synergistically to increase brightening effects on the skin.


Orchid Extract & Magnolia Bark

Use it for: Flower powered moisturisation

Naturally derived from: Magnolia Bark and Orchid Flower

Magnolia bark extract has been used for centuries for its anti-inflammatory purposes in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This special blend firms, moisturises and soothes skin, whilst again boosting Antioxidant protection from environmental stress.

How to work Super-C & Retinol Serum into any Nutrimetics routine

Your complete Retinol regime

Here is the Restore regime as an example. Apply at night, after cleansing and toning to clean, dry skin. Smooth one pump of serum evenly over face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Allow a moment for the serum to absorb into the skin, then follow with your usual night crème or moisturiser.

  • Use in place of your usual serum for four weeks.
  • Wait one month before resuming treatment.
  • If you have sensitive skin and have patch tested, start using every third or second night and build-up skin tolerance to use every night.
  • Ensure SPF 50 is worn during the day. We recommend Ultra Care+ Smart Shield Protection Crème SP5 50

Watch Super-C serum in action here. 


Trending now: ‘waterless’ beauty

As the world becomes more eco-conscious, beauty brands are now recognising the importance of scaling back on water usage in an effort to preserve this vital natural resource. Our brand new multi-functional serum is  waterless and as an added bonus, waterless formulas make products more effective. By removing water from this serum, the ingredients are undiluted, making the actives perform better, Vitamin C especially.


Facts from Nutrimetics Beauty Lab. Did you know?

  • The skincare trend globally is moving away from complicated formulas and going back to basics with staple skincare powerhouse ingredients.
  • There are hardly any products on the market that combine both Retinol and Vitamin C together in one serum – get all the benefits in one easy step.
  • Skincare staples, Retinol (Vitamin A) and Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) were once unstable and difficult to formulate with. Not anymore, they are now developed in innovative ways for increased efficacy.
  • To avoid stability issues with drop in pH and colour change for Vitamin C, we have formulated this serum as oil-based (with no water), so it’s highly luxurious, unique and effective.
  • The airtight, dark coloured pump packaging keeps the product protected inside, maintaining the efficacy of Vitamin C and Retinol. Without UV light damage and exposure to air, we can ensure the serum is delivered fresh to the skin.


Your Super-C questions answered

Q. Why do I need Vitamin C & Retinol in my skin care routine?

A: This super Serum is a powerful blend of superstar skincare ingredients that work together to super-charge your skin and target multiple skin concerns, whilst firming, moisturising and protecting the skin revealing a smooth and radiant complexion.


Q. Can I use Super-C & Retinol Serum with other treatment products?

A: Super-C & Retinol Serum can be used with any Nutrimetics skincare range. For those with sensitive skin, always patch test before use due to the concentration of active ingredients. This serum can also be used with all Ultra Care+ treatment products for accelerated results. Here’s our recommendations for our favourite exfoliators.

FAQ Retinol

Q. Can I use this serum if I’m pregnant?

A: The level of Retinol in this Serum is safe for use during pregnancy, however if you are pregnant ensure you consult with your doctor before beginning any new skincare treatment.


Q. Why do I need to wear sunscreen during the day whilst using this serum?

A: When first using Retinol treatments, it’s common for skin irritation and redness to occur, so we recommend you build-up use gradually. Start with a couple of applications a week initially before building-up to nightly usage. Retinol can cause skin to become more sensitive to sun exposure as it promotes cell turnover and renewal. Always apply SPF 50 in the daytime. Retinol products should only ever be used at night.


Q. Why do I use Super-C & Retinol Serum for 28 days?

A: Our skin consists of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous tissue. The epidermis is the outer layer, which undergoes constant renewal every 28 days. This cell turnover slows down as we age, which is why it is important to encourage this process by using products like this super serum to promote cell turnover. Wait one month in-between treatments.



Try TWO powerhouse ingredients in one for yourself. Shop NEW Super-C serum here.

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