Mixing skincare products-the basics
If you’re like me, you love trying out new skincare ingredients and products. Whether it’s a new face mask or a serum that promises to banish wrinkles, I’m always game to experiment. But there’s one thing I never do when trying out new products: mix and match ingredients.
Why? Because as anyone who’s taken a basic chemistry class knows, certain ingredients don’t play well together. In the world of skincare, that can mean everything from irritation and redness to breakouts and even burns. So, before you start mixing and matching your skincare products, take a look at this guide to see which ingredients should (and shouldn’t) be mixed.
Skincare ingredients that go together
Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C
Hyaluronic acid is a moisture-binding ingredient that helps keep skin hydrated and plump. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that brightens skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. When used together, these two ingredients work synergistically to give you brighter, more youthful-looking skin.
Glycolic acid and vitamin C
Glycolic acid is an exfoliating ingredient that helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that brightens skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. When used together, these two ingredients help create brighter, more even-toned skin.
Skincare ingredients that shouldn’t be combined
Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid
Benzoyl peroxide is an acne-fighting ingredient that kills bacteria and dries up excess oil. Salicylic acid is an exfoliating ingredient that helps unclog pores and prevents breakouts. When used together, these two ingredients can dry out your skin and cause irritation.
Retinol and alpha hydroxy acids
Retinol is a powerful anti-aging ingredient that boosts collagen production and improves the appearance of wrinkles. Alpha hydroxy acids are exfoliating ingredients that help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. When used together, these two ingredients can cause irritation.
As you can see, there are certain skincare ingredients that should not be mixed because they can cause irritation or other problems for your skin. So next time you’re trying out a new product, take a look at the label to see if there are any ingredients on this list that you should avoid mixing with other products. By doing so, you’ll help keep your skin healthy and happy!