Just like the food we consume, the skin requires the right blend of skincare Ingredients to avoid it being malnourished whilst preventing unwanted reactions. This is because even two or more great ingredients can lead to unfavourable results when used together.
While mixology in makeup is gaining grounds and winning hearts all over the world, think mixing different shades of lipsticks, doubling up your lip tint as cheek tint, and dual-toned eyeshadow trend, skincare cocktail is still an area that calls for more research and attention.
Using too many skincare Ingredients without understanding their chemical formulations and correct combinations can wreak havoc on your skin. Redness, rashes, irritation, dryness and breakouts are some common signs that show that your products are not working for you. It is important that everything in your skincare routine complements one another for achieving the best results with zero to minimum side effects.
Here is a list including common skincare ingredients and the combinations that must be avoided.
• Hydroxyacids when used with retinols can cause redness and irritation, and may dry out the skin.
• Benzoyl peroxide when used in combination with retinols can lead to redness and may cause a burning sensation.
• Glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid (the ingredients found in anti-ageing and anti-acne face cleansers) should be used in very low concentration.
• Vitamin C and hydroxyacids don’t go along well as the combination can disrupt the pH balance of the skin and reduce the healing effect of vitamin C.
• Vitamin C and retinol can lead to skin irritation and dryness in some cases.
While these combinations are a strict no-no, we have highlighted certain ingredients that can use some powering up for enhanced performance.
• Products containing retinol should always be combined with a moisturiser or hyaluronic acid—a humectant—to provide the requisite hydration and prevent the skin from drying.
• Vitamin C can be mixed with Ferulic acid, which will help maintain the pH balance and boost the absorption of vitamin C.
• To treat ageing concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, under-eye bags, and age spots, one can combine a collagen repair serum with a brightening serum for best results.
• For freckles, a combination of repair serum and vitamin C can work well.
Now you have the recipe, we hope your next beauty dish would be mixed, matched and garnished appropriately to serve your skin a balanced diet.