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Today there are so many serums, moisturizers, cleansers, toners and essences on the market. And as a result, layering skincare ingredients has become a daily staple and is often the answer to addressing multiple complexion issues.
However, the sheer number of ingredients that benefit skin can start looking like a chemistry experiment — one that can either make your skin glow with good health, or wreck your natural barrier and pave the way for redness, sensitivity, itching and acne.
That's why it's time for a masterclass on skincare cocktailing. What are the ingredient combinations that will boost your skincare routine? And which ones should you stay away from at all costs? Read up to hone your beauty bartending skills!
Like chips and salsa, or peanut butter and jelly, there are some skincare ingredients that are better when paired together. Yes, they are effective in their own right — just as one can still enjoy chips without the salsa — but combine them, and they will give outstanding results! That said, there are some ingredients that should never be used together, so it's a good idea talk with your dermatologist before you use any new products.
Retinol speeds up cellular turnover and collagen production to brighten the complexion and smooth away acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. However, it can be drying and sensitizing. Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, is a natural humectant that helps the skin retain moisture.
Combining these two skincare ingredients allows for all the benefits of retinol, sans the dryness or irritation. So, the end result is smooth, flawless and moisturized skin with the perfectly plumped up glow. Two to choose: Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel Face Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid for Dry Skin along with the Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Pro+ .5% Power Serum.
While retinol is known for its acne fighting and anti-aging superpowers, peptides are naturally occurring amino acids that smooth and firm the skin. Together, the duo work in perfect synchronicity to keep your skin soft, bouncy and free of lines, with each boosting the benefits of the other.
Salicylic acid is an oil-soluble chemical exfoliator that can penetrate deep into pores and purge the dirt, debris, oils and dead cells that can be a breeding ground of acne-causing bacteria.
Niacinamide helps strengthen the skin barrier, which is vital in keeping out further bacteria and pollutants and locking in essential nutrients and moisture. It also calms inflammation, treats hyperpigmentation, regulates sebum production and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Both Vitamin C and Vitamin E are potent antioxidants that protect skin from free radicals to reduce the damage caused by environmental stressors such as the sun's rays, pollution and smoke. They also help skin rebound from cellular damage to help fade dark spots, boost elasticity, and minimize the look of wrinkles.
While both glycolic acid and salicylic acid work wonders for acne-prone skin individually, using them in the same skincare routine will yield the best results.
There are some ingredients that simply should not be combined with each other. Retinol and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), for example, is a surefire recipe for irritation and a compromised natural barrier when used together. And retinol and benzoyl peroxide can deactivate each other when used together.
Both dry out the skin and when used together can cause excessive irritation and redness.