Skincare, State of skin is our month-long exploration of what women love, hate, and need to know about their skin- from the most common concerns to the best-kept secrets and n beauty.
So, if you are new to skincare, or maybe you have decided to take your beauty to the next level with more than just a simple cleanser and moisturizer. It is too easy to fall prey to cure all skincare regimens on the internet. The one’s that promise the absolute smooth skin with nary a sit insight. With beauty brands offering more active ingredients in skincare than ever before, we’re all becoming our own at-home beauty perfectionist.
So enhancing your knowledge about skincare the ingredients you should never mix with each other fall into two categories.
• There are the ones who neutralize each other, making them less effective.
• Then there are the ones who are over-expressive about themselves, likely to overstimulate in your skin and cause irritation.
The second combination is easier to figure out if you have started combining new products. Either your skin is red, flaky, or you have a feeling of sunburn. That’s why it pays to arm yourself with some expert knowledge to ensure that those pricy creams and serums in your skincare routine aren’t going to waste.
There are many skincare ingredients out there as there are faces to be slathered in them, but active ingredients tend to fall into three categories: ones that protect your skin, ones that replenish it, and ones that renew it. A good skincare routine will include a mixture of these three types of skincare ingredients, for example, protect with antioxidants, replenish with hyaluronic acid, renew with retinol.
Here are the skincare ingredients you should never mix.
• Don’t mix benzoyl peroxide and retinol.
Benzoyl peroxide is a potent acne product that’s great for inflammatory acne, but many people are unaware that benzoyl peroxide can inactivate topical retinol. This doesn’t mean that you cannot use benzoyl peroxide during the same period that you’re using retinol, it just means they should never be layered on top of each other or it will make your skin rude and red. You can use benzoyl peroxide in the morning and retinol at night.
• Don’t mix vitamin c and alpha hydroxy acids.
Both of these ingredients offer antioxidant benefits, but when combined, they can throw off the pH balance of your skin due to too high level of acidity. Products containing vitamin c as an ingredient contain a low level of acidity when you mix it with kind of products along with alpha-hydroxy acids, like lactic acid, it reduces the effectiveness of the vitamin c product. Mostly it doesn’t provide you with any kind of irritation but you’ll be wasting a whole lot of what might be an expensive product if you do.
• Don’t mix retinol and vitamin c
Retinols are powerful skincare ingredients that address several skincare concerns, from diminishing fine lines and wrinkles and preventing acne to lightening brown spots and increasing collagen production but the demerit comes in when most retinol-based products are the cause of skin irritation, there are several active ingredients that may increase the chance of irritation with retinol, one being vitamin c. Vitamin c is also effective in combating ageing, fine lines and firmness of the skin but using them together they may cause serious irritation to sensitive skin.
Therefore the most important thing is to use the right products for your skin and ensuring that nothing you apply is going to behave badly when you mix them, plus the best skincare products you can happily include in your routine without causing any problems.
Till then Happy Mixing!!