Mix and Match: Power Ingredients

Mix and Match: Power Ingredients

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Welcome to the world of skincare, where the power of ingredients can either make or break your beauty game! Mixing and matching different ingredients can be a delicate dance, and not all ingredients are meant to tango together. In fact, some combinations can lead to disastrous results, leaving your skin feeling like it just went through a bad breakup.

But fear not, my fellow skincare enthusiasts, because today we're diving into the world of power ingredients - the ones that can be combined to create a skincare masterpiece, and the ones that should never, ever be mixed.

It is a form of Vitamin A that promotes skin cell turnover, which can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture, dark spots, and acne. The only snag? Retinol has the potential to be extremely irritating. So make sure to patch test before using, and start with the low concentration of 0.25%.

Do Mix: with moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides.

Make sure to moisturize; humectant ingredients like hyaluronic acid can draw and hold water molecules to the surface layers of your skin, while oil-based emollient ingredients help seal in moisture. SPF should be worn religiously every day of the year, not only to prevent skin cancers, wrinkles, and sunspots but also because many other ingredients we apply to our skin, including retinol and retinoids, can make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

Don't Mix: with vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide, and AHA/BHA acids.

If your skincare routine already includes retinol, AHA and BHA acids are exfoliating, which can dry out the skin and cause irritation. It is not recommended to use benzoyl peroxide and retinoids together as they can literally cancel each other out, rendering them less effective.

Finally, because vitamin C protects the skin from environmental aggressors and retinol repairs and rebuilds the skin, they should be used at different times of the day. It is best if you use Vitamin C in the morning followed by an SPF and then use the retinol during night time.

Vitamin C
It is popular for its ability to brighten the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation, as well as boost collagen production. It is also known to improve the texture of the skin and reduce wrinkles, as well has to have anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe redness or irritation in the skin.

Do Mix: with antioxidants, hydrants and SPF.

When combined with other antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, it can improve results and efficiency. As it can also make your skin dry, it is best to combine it with a hydrator which helps to increase the water content of the skin, keeping it plump while also maximizing the benefits of the vitamin C by ensuring that it can penetrate the skin properly.  Vitamin C should always be used in conjunction with sunscreen because they complement one another and protect the skin from UV damage.

Don't Mix: Vitamin C with retinol.

In contrast to vitamin C, retinol and retinoids build collagen and aid in skin repair, so they are best used overnight. Because vitamin C thrives during the day, it's best to keep these ingredients separate because they serve different functions.


Salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids are all powerful exfoliants that can improve skin texture and tone, as well as treat acne in the case of SA. However, all three of these acids have the potential to dehydrate and irritate the skin.

Bottom line: After using a product containing AHA or BHA acids, use a hydrating product.

Do Mix: with moisturizing ingredients and SPF.

It is critical to moisturize after using AHA and BHA to avoid irritation. To hydrate and soothe skin, look for ceramides, petrolatum, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin. Exfoliating and unclogging pores with a product that contains multiple low-level AHA and BHA acids can be extremely effective.

AHA/BHA acids, like retinol, can cause sun sensitivity. While you should wear sunscreen every day regardless of what products you use, it's especially important to not skip this step when using these ingredients.

Don't Mix: with retinol.

Users of retinoids for acne or anti-aging should exercise extreme caution because the combination with various acids may cause excessive skin sensitivity, irritation, and redness. In fact, AHA and BHA should not be combined with retinoids on the same day. Also, use caution when combining different acids or even physical and chemical exfoliants, as this can cause irritation and even eczema.

Benzoyl Peroxide

If you have acne-prone skin, benzoyl peroxide can be a game-changer in your skincare routine. The catch? It's yet another drying agent. Because acne treatments in general can cause skin dryness and irritation, combining them should be done with caution, and the rest of the skincare routine (cleanser and moisturizer) should be extremely gentle and ultra-hydrating, respectively.

Do Mix: with gentle hydrating ingredients, SPF, and topical antibiotics.

Along with moisturizing ingredients that can mitigate the dehydrating effects of benzoyl peroxide, the acne-fighting component can be used in conjunction with prescription topical treatments such as clindamycin. SPF should be worn every day.

Don't Mix: with retinol, acne prescription tretinoin with caution.

When used together, benzoyl peroxide and retinol can deactivate one another, as previously stated. While prescription acne treatments can be used with BP, tretinoin must be used with caution.


It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that may relieve symptoms of rosacea. It's also an effective treatment for acne-prone skin because it regulates oil production. It can increase the skin's water-retaining capacity, providing natural moisturization for healthier, more beautiful-looking skin.

Do Mix: with (almost) every ingredient in your skincare routine.

Because niacinamide is anti-inflammatory, the skin reacts very little to it, and side effects such as irritation are uncommon. It should be compatible with most other skincare products, and for best results, use a leave-on product such as a moisturizer.

Don't Mix: with Niacinamide and vitamin C.

Despite the fact that they are both antioxidants, vitamin C is incompatible with niacinamide. Both are common antioxidants found in a wide range of skincare products, but they should not be used concurrently. When used together, their potency is significantly reduced unless the application is separated by at least 10 minutes.

So, there you have it, folks - the world of skincare can be a wild ride, but with the right combination of powerful ingredients, you can achieve the skin of your dreams. Just remember to choose your skincare combination wisely, and never be afraid to experiment (within reason, of course!). With knowledge and a whole lot of love for your skin, you'll be well on your way to a flawless, glowing complexion that will have everyone asking, "What's your secret?" So go forth and conquer the world of skincare, my friends - your skin will thank you for it!




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