Today I wanted to talk about the skincare ingredients that work well together
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Each skincare ingredient has its unique set of strengths and weaknesses. This means they work best those that complement its characteristics.
So which are the best matches?
RETINOL + HYALURONIC ACID
Retinol (or Vitamin A) is a potent anti-ageing agent which has side effects that include irritation and dryness. Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, is a moisture magnet that hydrates the skin which makes it a great pair with retinol. So when used together the dryness caused by retinol is counteracted by the inclusion of hyaluronic acid in your routine so a win-win.
- The ordinary Hyaluronic acid
- The Inkey list hyaluronic acid
- HADALABO Gokujun HyaluronicLotion
SALICYLIC ACID + NIACINAMIDE
If you have acne-prone skin these 2 should be your best friends. Salicylic Acid decongests your pores making it a must-have to treat acne. Niacinamide, on the other hand, is an antioxidant that improves the skin’s barrier as well as reduces inflammation. Both are fantastic in your routine with Niacinamide as the finisher.
GLYCOLIC ACID + VITAMIN C
Glycolic is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) family and used for its brightening and exfoliating properties. Vitamin C works well with glycolic acid to reduce dark spots, and improve the skin’s brightness.
- YouSkin Vitamin C 20 %
- Pixi Vitamin C Tonic
- The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
VITAMIN C + VITAMIN E
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps reduce pigmentation, and aid collagen production. Since our bodies don’t produce Vitamin C, it’s important to include it in your skincare routine Unfortunately vitamin C is unstable but when paired with Vitamin E (another antioxidant), it becomes more stable and effective
SQUALANE + CERAMIDES
Our skin has a layer of natural fats which helps protect it from the elements. These natural fats are a combination of squalane, ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol, and are essential to maintaining skin health. The addition of squalane and ceramides to your skincare routine strengthens that barrier and prevents it from losing water.
If you enjoyed this you should also check out this article on ANTIOXIDANTS IN SKINCARE: WHY YOU NEED THEM as well as 5 BEST ANTIOXIDANTS YOU NEED FOR FLAWLESS SKIN, 5 ANTIOXIDANTS FOR YOUR ANTI-AGEING, BRIGHTENING AND ACNE.
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