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Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a key role in controlling infections and healing wounds. It’s a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals that can damage cells and tissues. Furthermore, it’s essential to collagen production, which is present in just about every system of the human body — including the skin. Finding the right Vitamin C serum is like making a new best friend. But did you know that your Vitamin C serum could benefit from a BFF, too? These three Vitamin C combos pack some serious punch.

Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Acid

Boost the effects of your vitamin C serum with a hyaluronic acid toner.

Vitamin c serum and hyaluronic acid is a powerful and popular combination that fights the signs of photoaging. These are the effects of excessive UV exposure, which include hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and dry skin. Underneath the surface, UV damage also impacts the skin’s ability to produce collagen. Both hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C are essential to collagen synthesis. 

A humectant that draws moisture from the environment to the skin, hyaluronic acid enhances firmness, smoothness, and elasticity in the skin. According to a study in the BMC Nutrition Journal in the National Institutes of Health, hyaluronic acid can help increase the body’s natural collagen production.

Combined, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C serum complement each other in hydrating, protecting, and repairing the skin. Hyaluronic acid is also excellent at soothing skin that can be sensitive to vitamin C. This way, you can enjoy the benefits without fear of irritation or breakouts.

Get all the benefits of hyaluronic acid from POND’S Potion Essence, a three-in-one toner, essence, and mask. It contains 4D hyaluronic acid that draws hydration to every layer of the skin. Pour enough essence on your hands and pat it onto your skin. Follow up with a Vitamin C serum, or a Vitamin C-infused moisturizer such as POND’S Orange Nectar Jelly Moisturizer. This oil-free gel has orange nectar extract and Vitamin C that leaves smooth fresh, smooth, and glowing.

Vitamin C + Vitamin E

Another powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is great on its own. It can help repair the skin barrier and strengthen it with its moisturizing benefits. It’s also effective at reversing UV damage to the skin. Vitamin E also fights inflammation and heals symptoms of dry skin. Using vitamin E with your Vitamin C serum enhances its benefits. 

According to the Linus Pauling Institute at the Oregon State University, a topical combination of the two is effective in preventing photodamage than they are alone. Specifically, this powerful combo decreases cellular damage, evens out skin tone, and brightens skin. 

Vitamin C + Ferulic Acid

Vitamin C is a volatile compound that is sensitive to oxygen, heat, and light.

Some Vitamin C serum formulas can be sensitive to oxygen, heat, and light, and can quickly oxidize. According to the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, ferulic acid stabilizes the highly volatile Vitamin C and increases its photoprotection benefits. Moreover, ferulic acid also fights free radicals, corrects UV damage, and extends the life of your Vitamin C serum.

Here’s the best part: You can take these photoprotection benefits even further by using Vitamin C serum, ferulic acid, and vitamin E together. They all repair and protect damaged cells, and ferulic acid stabilizes the other two.

You can boost the effectiveness of your Vitamin C serum by using it with POND’S Avocado Face Mask. Formulated to give your skin a nourished, dewy glow, this sheet mask contains 50 times more Vitaboosters from vitamin E. It also intensely moisturizes dry skin with avocado. Apply the sheet mask after allowing your skin to absorb your Vitamin C serum. Let it soak in for 15 to 20 minutes.

Love your Vitamin C serum? Boost its benefits by adding these complementary products to your skincare regimen!