Back to School: What Skincare Ingredients Not to Mix
Niacinamide. Benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid. Retinol. Vitamin C. The list of active skincare ingredients we love slathering on our skin goes on and on. But while matching and mixing these ingredients, know that some ingredients don't go well together. Each of these potent ingredients demands to be the star of the show. Sharing the stage could lead to major tantrums in the form of irritation, redness, dryness, burning, discoloration, or just a general lack of desired results. Some skincare ingredients reduce the effectiveness of others when combined and ultimately make it a waste of money. Therefore, you should pay close attention to the mixtures you apply to your skin.
To prevent your skin-care routine from becoming a chemistry experiment gone wrong, check out these ingredients that may seem like a dynamic duo but are a disaster for your skin.
Retinol and Vitamin C
Retinol is known for creating skin cell turnover. Combining it with vitamin C (an acid) can cause irritation and redness of the skin. Your retinol and vitamin C serums should be kept separate.
Use vitamin C during the day since it works best with light, and retinol should be used at night because light increases its degradation rate.
As an alternative, kojic acid works well with retinol and vitamin C to brighten your skin and reduce hyperpigmentation.
Retinol also works well with moisturizing ingredients like a hyaluronic acid serum. The MOOD calm face serum and Elevate face serum has ingredients like hyaluronic and niacinamide which help moisturize your skin and reduce the risk of irritation caused by retinol.
AHA's and Retinol
They should be used alternatively instead (use retinol on one evening and an acid-based product on the next).