When it comes to beauty, pairing some ingredients can be helpful and enhance your results. But that’s not always the case. Mixing some ingredients can do more harm than good. Even when decide to do two in-office treatments at a time, it’s recommended to ask your dermatologist or aesthetician whether they work together or not. Cause the last thing you want is for them to backfire, right?
This also explains why your dermatologist asks you about your full list of skincare products and medications that you might be taking before giving you any new product or doing any treatment. This is simply because some ingredients just can’t be mixed together. To prevent any damage, CIIN gives you the full list of the not-so-dynamic duos.
1 || Retinoids + Acids
Retinoids are so powerful ingredients and are great for your skin, but they increase its sensitivity. Same goes for acids. So when you mix a powerful ingredient like retinol with a strong acid like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid or any AHAs you are increasing your skin’s sensitivity and exposing it to extreme irritation and redness.
2 || Sunscreen At Nighttime
Seriously, why would someone apply sunscreen at night? Yep, we keep emphasizing on the importance of applying sunscreen and moisturizers with SPF in the daytime, but you don’t have to do this at night. Actually, applying a moisturizer with SPF before going to bed can clog your pores and dry your skin which is the perfect recipe for pimples.
3 || Retinol + Vitamin C
This mix is a no-no. Why? simply cause it will make your skin more sensitive and there could possibly be an over-exfoliation. That said, try to separate them using vitamin C in the day time, and leave retinol for the night as they have different functions.
4 || Retinol + Some Treatments
If there is an ingredient that you should be mindful when mixing with other ingredients, it is retinol. It is so powerful and encourages cell turnover which can make your skin so sensitive to some cosmetic treatments like lasers, waxing and facials.
5 || Prescriptions + Some Products & Treatments
You need to be careful when pairing some prescriptions like Accutane (Isotretinoin) with certain skincare products and cosmetic procedures as this may majorly damage your skin. So make sure to consult your dermatologist regarding mixing prescriptions with any products or treatments.
6 || Waxing + A Facial
Yes, not ingredient based but so important to mention. Please do your skin a favor and never ever wax and do any cosmetic procedure at the same day. Waxing exposes a fresh layer of skin which is so sensitive to facials and treatments. Some laser treatments involve deep exfoliation that can irritate freshly waxed skin.
7 || Niacinamide + Vitamin C
Some ingredients such as vitamin E and ferulic acid may actually increase the effectiveness of vitamin C. While other ingredients such as niacinamide may decrease the efficacy of vitamin C. And by that, we don’t mean you should exclude niacinamide from your beauty routine as it has so many benefits. Just consider applying vitamin C in the morning, under sunscreen, and reserve niacinamide for evening use.