Retinol, Vitamin C, and Sunscreen

****I am not a doctor or any type of skin expert. This is based on my convos with my dermatologist and late night scrolling.****

I am in my thirties — like not mid thirties yet. But I’m getting well-settled.

I’ve always been big into moisturizing but haven’t spent a ton of time on “skincare.” I especially haven’t spent much time or money on skincare.

Last year when I went to the derm, she suggested retinol at night and vitamin c + sunscreen in the morning. I wasn’t willing to pay the price for the products she suggest and was determined to find cheaper (maybe less effective) alternatives.

Well, 2020 happened and while I wore sunscreen during the 642 walks we did during lockdown, I didn’t focus on my skincare routine.

So, when I went to my yearly skin check up in January of 2021, she again suggested the same pricey retinol and vitamin C treatment. And of course — all the sunscreen. I again didn’t want to pay the premium. This has led me to this post.

Here is what I’m doing to pacify my skin — aka — age as gracefully as possible but not empty the bank account at the same time.



I alternate between these to “drug store” finds. Meaning — I use one, then use the other when I run out of the other. The Ordinary is my favorite. They are very different. The CeraVe feels like lotions and The Ordinary feels like an oil. I put CeraVe Moisturizing Cream on after the retinol product has soaked in.

CeraVe Retinol

The Ordinary

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Vitamin C

I will be honest that I haven’t found a Vitamin C product that I’m in love with. They are all pricey. I just started using the Supergoop Vitamin C + Sunscreen combo because it made me feel thrifty — you know — 2 in 1. But I will list the Vitamin C products on my list in addition to the one I use.

Sunday Riley

Drunk Elephant

Supergoop Vitamin C + Sunscreen


My derm recommends EltaMD. And so does everyone else. It smells too sunscreen-y for me. And I hate the tint. My favorite sunscreen for my face is ThinkBaby. It smells divine. But this year, I took advantage of a Supergoop sale and I’m using Supergoop. I’m using the Vitamin C combo daily but will use Supergoop Play for additional applications. I’ll report back.



Supergoop Play 

That’s a wrap — my attempt at the fountain of youth. What are you using?

Rebecca Autin
Rebecca is an attorney by day and a toddler wrangler by night. She is a product of divorced parents and grew up in both Thibodaux and Franklin, Louisiana. Rebecca attended Loyola University of New Orleans and Southern University Law Center. Rebecca married her high school bestie in 2012. Quinton and Rebecca went through months of infertility before giving birth to Maxwell Lincoln in 2015. In 2016, they were surprised by a baby boy due in June 2017. But, in February 2017, they suffered with incompetent cervix and delivered sweet Theodore Paul too soon. In October 2018, after an incredibly difficult pregnancy, a cerclage, and a whole bunch of bedrest, Fitzgerald Joseph was born -- a happy, healthy, and perfect rainbow. If you can't find Rebecca, you can summon her with pot of freshly brewed coffee or look for her in Target or behind the kitchen island where she is hiding from her kids with a very generous pour of red.


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