If you go to your skincare almirah right now and see what all ingredients you’d been using together, you’ll find at least 1-2 products that do not line well in your layering process and had been doing all wrongs to your skin just because you weren’t aware of this science. And there’s no fault of yours.
There’s so much in skincare to make notes of and that can be less too.
But how does studying skincare ingredients to never mix even matter?
I think no one would want to lose money with no good to your skin! Hence, Here are EIGHT DEFINITE NO NO skincare ingredients you should never ever mix no matter what.
1. RETINOIDS/RETINOL + AHA/BHA’s
AHA/BHA’s are exfoliating agents whereas retinol is not. It is a peeling agent. So instead, it increases the turnover of new skin cells and gets rid of old, damaged cells. And mixing in with acids can rip the skin’s moisture and cause dryness, irritation, redness, and skin peeling. And I don’t think you want that! So better use both the constituents on alternate nights.
2. VITAMIN C + AHA/BHA
Vitamin C is a magic potion for your skin but this magic comes with a price! So it does not go well with most of the ingredients you think it would. Both are acids and are PH dependent to get activated. So not combining them is recommended to get the maximum benefit out of them. A better way to use both the ingredients for a solid skincare ritual is to use vitamin C in the day and AHA/BHA’s at night.
Just for the record, AHA/BHA’ are salicylic and glycolic acids respectively.
3. RETINOIDS + VITAMIN C
You may be having wrinkles and fine lines due to the age factor and a bit of acne (which is absolutely normal) together. So you decide to pair these two amazing skincare ingredients together. Great idea indeed! But WAIT. I wish it was that easy.
Together they increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun hence, damaging it adversely. So a preferable choice would be to use vitamin c in the morning and retinoids at night. This will help solve your problems and not make your skin sun-sensitive.
4. BHA + BENZOYL PEROXIDE
Considering it to be a great solution for acne? Umm, wait what about a NO? Again, the same reason being, they both are acidic, and too much acid in skincare will obviously frustrate your skin and cause excessive dryness and irritation. So superior way here is to use them on alternate nights to create the best acne-fighting duo without harming any inch of your skin.
5. BENZOYL PEROXIDE + RETINOIDS
These beautiful additives will probably raise the levels of inflammation, irritation, dryness, and peeling when layered up together in a skincare regime. Rather, using Benzoyl peroxide in the morning and Retinoids at night would turn out better.
6. VITAMIN C + NIACINAMIDE
If you separately use both of these ingredients, they can be GREAT for blemish-prone skin but mixing them into a concoction will be a disaster you never want! Because niacinamide will cancel out all the good properties of vitamins C, plus will trigger acne which we obviously don’t want. So, better keep them at bay!
7. OIL BASE + WATER BASE
Let me tell you the deep science involved in this, lol. Actually, oil repels water! That was interesting.
So, when it comes to your skincare it will do the same. The oil will not let water-based elements absorb into your skin if applied first. Thus, you’ll have no good from your water-based product.
8. SOAP BASED CLEANSER + VITAMIN C
Until now you must have known that vitamin C is a morning product but what about the cleanser you have used before using it. It makes a little sense right? Soap-based cleansers are probably going to decrease the skin’s ability to absorb vitamin C into it which might be a vital product in your skincare routine. So, using a soap-based cleanser before vitamin C would do more harm than good.
A TIP TO REMEMBER..
But, remember that when you find both the skincare ingredients you should never mix in one product together, you need not worry about that because then the company has manufactured them in safe amounts and they won’t irritate your skin. You just don’t have to use two different products with these ingredients and layer them on.
Voila! If you come to this part of the post, I assure you that your skincare routine is now safe and best.