Skincare Dream Teams: Products with the Best Ingredient Combos

Because great ingredients are even better together.
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Dec. 11, 2019
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You must have heard that retinol is for anti-aging, hyaluronic acid for hydration, vitamin C to repair your skin… but did you know that when these ingredients are paired together correctly, they can do so much more? When the right power ingredients come together, they form a dream team for your skin. In that same vein, some power ingredients can come together and clash, which then isn't so good in obtaining your glow. It's important to understand what each of these buzz-worthy ingredients does so you know how to layer them to reach your skin goals! Luckily for us, there are already some amazing products out there that have already teamed up the right ingredients for maximum efficacy. Read on to discover which dream teams we can't live without! Among these matches-made-in-heaven, you'll find the optimal formulation for whatever anti-aging, hydration, or anti-acne results that you want.*All products featured below are sourced from the posts of Cherie's users. Download our app, Cherie, to learn more about us and join our beauty community!*1. For Anti-aging & Hydration: Retinol + Hyaluronic AcidRetinol is one of this year's buzziest ingredients, known for being a powerful anti-aging agent. It works by promoting cellular turnover which means getting rid of dead skin cells and revealing new ones. A common side effect of using such a powerful ingredient is dryness. Because the retinol is sloughing away dead skin and revealing the new, your skin becomes very sensitive and prone to dehydration. That's why the perfect mate for retinol is hyaluronic acid. This tiny molecule is known to hold water in 1000x its weight! It helps provide hydration to your skin and counteracts the drying side effects of retinol.
Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, Murad, cherie
MuradRetinol Youth Renewal SerumMain Ingredients: Retinol Tri-Active Technology Swertia Flower Extract Hyaluronic Acid
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2. For Anti-Aging & Brightening: Retinol + NiacinamideAs you know, the great anti-aging superhero retinol can lead to skin irritation. What's more, this naughty ingredient is likely to cause dryness or redness and can make skin sensitive to light (psst, always remember to wear sunscreen over your retinol!) To combat photosensitivity, pair your retinol with niacinamide. Niacinamide protects your skin from sun damage by strengthening the skin's barrier. It can also help strengthen skin tolerance, which is the reason why niacinamide could relieve the thinning side effects of retinol.
A-Passioni Retinol Cream, DRUNK ELEPHANT, cherie
DRUNK ELEPHANTA-Passioni Retinol CreamMain Ingredients: Retinol 1% , Vitamin F Triple Peptide Blend Glycerin Niacinamide
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3. For Anti Acne & Hydration: AHA / BHA + SqualaneAcne treatments with AHA's and BHA's draw out moisture from your skin because they work to unclog pores and remove excess sebum produced by your face. It's an important part of treating acne but can also have very drying side effects. To restore moisture and bring balance to your skin, squalane makes the perfect partner to AHA's and BHA's. Squalane hydrates, moisturizes, and soothes your skin while bringing balance back to it. It might seem counterintuitive to put oil on your face while using an ingredient that draws oil from your skin, but actually, they work harmoniously together because squalane is an oil that most closely mimics the sebum our skin naturally produces. So, while the acids are taking the acne-causing excess oils out, it's actively being replaced by the restorative and balancing squalane oil.
Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Mask, BIOSSANCE, cherie
BIOSSANCESqualane + Glycolic Renewal MaskMain Ingredients: Bilberry, Sugar Cane Sugar Maple Extracts Glycolic, Lactic Tartaric, Malic Acids (AHA) Squalane
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4. For Brightening and Anti-Aging: Vitamin C + Vitamin E + Ferulic AcidVitamin C is one of the most famed antioxidant ingredients. It's reparative properties and protective nature make it a staple in any skincare routine. Another famed antioxidant is vitamin E, which helps to fight off UV damage while nourishing the skin. When paired together, these two vitamins do double the duty to protect your skin. Though vitamin C and E both work well in protecting your skin, they are also both unstable ingredients—that means that on their own, they oxidize and decompose rather quickly; in short, they have a very short shelf life. That's why effective vitamin C's and E's are hard to come by—it takes a careful formulation to give them a long and stable shelf life. Enter ferulic acid, another antioxidant that protects and preserves the skin. Though ferulic acid is also an oxidizing ingredient, when combined with both vitamin's C and E, the shelf life of the product is extended to three times! This trio of antioxidant ingredients truly come together to give you the most effective and long-lasting formulation in skin protection.
Resist C15 Super Booster, PAULA'S CHOICE, cherie
PAULA'S CHOICEResist C15 Super BoosterMain Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) Tocopherol (vitamin E) Ferulic Acid
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