In a world stacked full of beauty products, over-the-counter creams and medicines, and access to all kinds of online advice….are you confident about the products you are picking out and putting on your face? More importantly, do you actually know and understand the ingredients contained in the products you are using and do you know how well these products work together?? Keep reading to understand the formulas and uses of all these products we keep hearing about and to understand what works and what doesn’t.
1 || Retinol
Retinol is one of the star ingredients that are included in countless skin care products. Retinol works wonders on the skin as it has the ability to boost collagen production, unify the skin tone, reduce fine lines, and treat acne. Since retinol is quite strong and will dry up the upper layer of the skin it is best applied at night, and followed by a high SPF sunscreen in the morning. Keep reading to understand how retinol works with other products.
2 || AHAs
AHAs stands for alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid & lactic acid. They are strong exfoliants and are used to repair sun-damaged skin by allowing the removal of dead skin cells and revealing newer skin. However, retinol should never be mixed with glycolic and lactic acids as this will cause extreme irritation. The solution is to use them at different times of the day or on alternating days. AHAs work better with serums that have green tea and resveratrol (read below).
3 || BHAs
BHAs stands for beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid. BHAs are used to treat acne, blackheads, and whiteheads by penetrating the skin attacking the “intercellular glue” that holds the skin together. This is how it is able to treat acne while soothing the skin. Usingretinol with salicylic acid will cause dryness and redness. However, salicylic acid works really well with other natural skin brighteners such as soy and liquorice.
4 || Benzoyl Peroxide
Benzoyl Peroxide is a chemical also used to treat acne by targeting the bacteria that causes it. Retinol and benzoyl peroxide should never be used together as they deactivate each other. Benzoyl peroxide works extremely well with AHAs (glycolic acid) BHAs (salicylic acid) to treat acne.
5 || Vitamin C
Vitamin C should become a staple in your beauty routine especially as you start getting older. Vitamin C is also a much needed ingredient for the boosting of collagen production in the body, as well as its ability to reduce wrinkles and brighten the skin. It becomes more powerful if paired with Glutathione (which is popular in Asia and used for skin whitening) and works well with peptides. However, Vitamin C doesn’t work very well with retinol due to their different pH levels. Use at different times for best results. AHAs don’t work well with Vitamin C as well as they change the pH of Vitamin C.
6 || Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance that helps the skin retain moisture and thus providing us with supple glowing skin. It works very well with retinol as it helps minimise the irritation that might be caused by it. But it does not work on its own as an anti-aging treatment.
7 || Resveratrol
Resveratrol is a plant compound that acts as a natural antioxidant. It stops free radicals from attacking the skin and boosts the production of collagen. Resveratrol works incredibly well with Hyaluronic acid.
8 || Niacinamide
Niacinamide is currently deemed as the new star on block. It is an “active, water-soluble form of Vitamin B3”, and it is used for a multiple of reasons. It is an antioxidant for the skin, it increases cell renewal and microcirculation, it also has antibacterial properties and calms breakouts. Unfortunately, niacinamide deems vitamin C useless or might cause flushing and tingling, but the solution is to apply vitamin C first and half an hour later apply the niacinamide.