When it comes to upgrading your skin care routine from just a cleanser and moisturizer to a series of serums, oils and toners it is crucial to remember that not all formulas and ingredients work harmoniously. Mixing a range of formulas together without proper knowledge of how they work can in fact be a waste of money and time. When using ingredients that complement each other, you will be able to better target your skin concerns and see results faster. For everyone looking into starting a new routine, here are skin care ingredients you should and shouldn’t mix.
Vitamin C works great to brighten the skin, lightening dark spots and also protects the skin from free radicals. Do mix Vitamin C with SPF as the two ingredients will support sun protection. Do not mix Vitamin C with Retinol – retinol is best used at night, and should thus be kept separate from your daytime Vitamin C.
Also known as lactic, glycolic and lactic acids, AHAs and BHAs are exfoliants that improve skin texture, tone and acne. These holy grail products, however, may dehydrate and irritate the skin. Moisturize and use SPF after applying a AHA/BHA to soothe and hydrate. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin or ceramides are ideal moisturizing ingredients. Do not use an AHA/BHA and a retinol together. These various acids when mixed also may be too harsh on the skin and result in redness, sensitivity and even eczema.
An antioxidant also known as Vitamin B3, Niacinamide acts as an anti-inflammatory to brighten skin and also does wonders for acne. Mix niacinamide with any ingredient except Vitamin C. While compatible with most skincare products, niacinamide when applied alongside vitamin c will essentially cancel each other out, eliminating the potency of both formulas.
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