We’ve all heard how Vitamin C is a blessing for happy skin and how Retinol is the answer to your anti-ageing prayers, but not much is said about using these skincare buzzwords in conjunction with each other. Certain ingredients, when paired together, can have a negative impact on your skin while others work like a dream team. So here is our very own guide on skincare mixology – we bet you didn’t know how certain ingredients when mixed, matched, and layered together can give you the skin you always dreamt about. Read on to meet the perfect combo for your skin (and the ones you should never mix). These beauty cocktails are life-changing so mixing skincare ingredients is the way to go.
Vitamin C + SPF = Uber Skin Protection
Not only does antioxidant-rich Vitamin C pair well with the protective powers of SPF for increased skin defence, the combination can also prevent against pigmentation and age spots, due to sun damage.
Vitamin C + Vitamin E = Antioxidant Boost
Vitamin E is also an antioxidant that protects the skin against free radicals and environmental stressors. The two vitamins together have double the antioxidant ammunition to help protect the skin and keep it healthy. You can also add Ferulic Acid to the mix – another antioxidant that boosts other antioxidants, the three together are a skincare power combo.
Vitamin C + Glycolic Acid = Smooth Radiance
An ideal combination for a pick-me-up when your skin looks tired and dull. Glycolic Acid exfoliates away dead skin cells while Vitamin C brightens the skin. The two together are a quick fix to revitalize and refresh your complexion.
AHAs + BHAs = Squeaky Clean Pores
Both are efficient exfoliators, since AHAs are water-soluble and BHAs are oil-soluble, the two can be a power couple. BHAs can penetrate deep into the skin layers, while AHAs exfoliate the surface, just be sure to moisturise after as this could dry out the skin.
Hyaluronic Acid + AHAs/BHAs = Clear Complexion
Don’t be intimidated by its scary name, Hyaluronic Acid is actually one of the gentlest ingredients around. It works for any skin type and is an amazing humectant, which means it draws moisture to the skin and seals it in. It makes sense then to use it after exfoliating with AHAs and BHAs, once the pores are clean they need to be followed up with a moisture kick.
Retinol + Hyaluronic Acid + SPF = Minimized Irritation & Increased Protection
Also known as Vitamin A, Retinol is an anti-ageing superstar and also one of the most reactive ingredients, but you can safely pair it with Hyaluronic Acid thanks to its gentle nature. They’re actually an ideal pair since applying Hyaluronic Acid after can help minimise irritation and keep the skin moisturised without interfering with how well the Retinol works. And since Retinol stimulates cell turnover, it makes your skin extra sensitive to UV damage, even if you use it at night. Which means that using SPF is an absolute must every day.
Ingredients You Should NEVER Mix Together
Retinol With Vitamin C, AHAs/BHAs and Benzoyl Peroxide
Vitamin C protects the skin from environmental aggressors while Retinol repairs the skin. Both have different functions so it’s best to keep them apart – Vitamin C is best used in the day while retinol at night.
It’s not a good idea to use exfoliating acids like AHA and BHA, which dry out the skin further. You don’t want to increase irritation when you’re already using Retinol.
As for Benzoyl Peroxide and Retinol, the two cancel each other out and basically render them less effective or useless.
Vitamin C With Niacinamide
Also known as Vitamin B3, Niacinamide is also an antioxidant that brightens skin and can even out discolouration. But Vitamin C is the one ingredient that it shouldn’t be used with, even though they’re both antioxidants. Their potency is diminished when paired together; it’s a good idea to space out their application by 15 minutes at least.