Confused by Skincare Options?

Updated: Mar 4

Retinoids, Vitamin C, and Peptides are highly effective skin care products. However, it’s important to know how to use these products. It's worthwhile to introduce these ingredients into your care, and we'll tell you how.

Vitamin C

This important skin antioxidant is becoming more and more popular and finding a product with a stable vitamin C in high concentration is no longer difficult, however, using them is a bit tricky. Serums and other products with concentrated Vitamin C should be introduced slowly, starting from once or twice a week, observing the skin reaction. Don’t combine these products with other active ingredients on the same days - assign vitamin C, acids and retinoids on different days of the week in or use different products in courses: 1 month of Vitamin C, 1 month of acids, etc.

Before applying a serum with Vitamin C, cleanse the skin and make sure it’s clean and free from other products. Finally, before going outside always apply a good sunscreen. Otherwise, anti-aging properties of the Vitamin C will disappear, plus your skin will be more sensitive towards the UV light.


Retinol stimulates cell renewal and the production of its own collagen. It is best used in the evening because the sun will weaken it’s properties and make your skin more sun sensitive. Like with Vitamin C, after exposure to retinol, sunscreen is mandatory: your renewed skin becomes more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation.

If your skin is prone to dryness and reacts to creams and serums with retinol - don't rush to give up this strong remedy. Additional moisturizing will, most likely, counterbalance its renewing effect.


Peptides are the most peaceful and friendly ingredients for mature skin, increasing the production of collagen, restoring the skin after damage and even able to work as muscle relaxants (thanks to which it’s possible to prevent facial wrinkles). Despite the complexity of the formulations, the products with peptides are practically incapable of producing unexpected irritations, inflammations, and allergic reactions. They also work well with many active ingredients without losing effectiveness.

Peptides are not recommended to be used simultaneously with AHA-acids including Vitamin C (acidic pH is undesirable for peptides). Use peptides and vitamin C serum at different times of the day or on alternate days.

Karen’s recommendations

Visage Brightening Vitamin C Serum

Face Reality Cranberry Peptide Cream

Face Reality Daily SPF 30 Lotion or Ultimate Protection SPF 28

Visage Advanced Retinol Serum 5x or 10x

Visage Firming Neck Cream


Epionce's complete skin care system is easy to use and has clinically proven results.


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