💎Want Crystal Clear Skin? The Dos & Don’ts of Mixing Skincare Products
Jun. 17, 2020
Are you experiencing breakouts or redness despite the fact your skincare routine is as good as it can be? The problem likely isn’t your skin – it’s the ingredients you’re mixing. In this article we’ll share some of the most common problematic combinations so you can change your routine!
We’ve all watched our favorite beauty guru combine twenty different skincare products throughout the day, and wondered if we should be following such extensive routines ourselves. But, have you ever paused to wonder if all those skincare ingredients actually work well together?
If you’ve been seeking crystal clear skin, use several products, and still have breakouts and redness, the problem may not be your skin. It may be the combination of products your combining on your skin at once!
Skin irritation is a huge factor in whether or not a skincare product will help or hinder our skin. Often, the marketing reels us in (after all, it’s for our skin type!) and then we don’t understand why we see problems. It’s important to choose your products consciously to avoid over-exfoliating, drying out, or blocking your pores.
So let’s explore some of the Dos and Don’ts of mixing skincare products.
Dos and Don’ts of Mixing SPF
DO mix with most other products
What skincare can you mix SPF with? Everyone recognises SPF as a common ingredient in skincare products that protect the skin from sun damage which can result in early signs of aging or even more serious problems later down the line. SPF should be included in every skincare regimen for this very reason.
DON’T mix directly with your make-up or moisturizer
Products that include SPF are good, but if you apply your SPF first, you’ll get the most protection. Ideally, have a high-SPF cream and apply it before you put your makeup and other moisturizers on for the day.
Dos and Don’ts of Mixing Retinol
DO mix with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and SPF
Retinol, which is also known as the fat-soluble vitamin A, is one of the most popular skincare ingredients recommended by dermatologists. Retinol promotes skin cell turnover, which helps to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture and even acne. Unfortunately, it can irritate skin, make it more sensitive to sun exposure and actually promote dryness. For this reason, retinol should be mixed with moisturizing humectant ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid, as they’re known to draw and hold moisture to the surface layers of your skin. It should also be mixed with SPF, to counteract the sun sensitivity brought on by the retinol itself.
DON’T mix with benzoyl peroxide
When it comes to benzoyl peroxide and retinol, mixing the two ingredients can simply deactivates each other. While this ingredient is great for helping reduce conditions like acne, in some cases being used in tandem with retinol can cause them to cancel each other out. However, many formulations now work together well, but it’s worth reaching out to the brand if this is something you want to know for sure.
Dos and Don’ts of Mixing Niacinamide
DO mix with almost any ingredient in your skincare regimen
Niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3) works to increase the skin's elasticity which can make enlarged pores shrink, as well as brightening skin and evening out any minor discoloration. This antioxidant is also an effective anti-inflammatory, which means that any adverse reactions to the skin, such as irritation, are minimal. Because of this, niacinamide is good in the form of a leave-on moisturizer.
DON’T mix with Vitamin C
Even though vitamin C is also an antioxidant, it’s not a suitable ingredient when used in its pure form, in addition to a product containing niacinamide. The most important thing for niacinamide is that it is formulated at neutral pH. In contrast, Vitamin creases a low pH environment, so it will reduce the effectiveness of this ingredient.
These dos and don’ts of mixing skincare ingredients are a great place to start, but it’s not an exhaustive list. It’s a good idea to check this list when buying a new skincare product or putting together a new routine so you know how to mix skincare correctly. Any time you want to choose a new skincare product, be sure to do your research, as everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently to each product. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you may want to speak to your dermatologist so they can recommend which ingredients will work for you, and which you should avoid.
Cleanse your skin like a pro
Cleansing is the first step of any skin regime, and it's essential to your skin's health that it is done correctly. Cleansing the skin removes makeup, sunscreen, and impurities/pollution built up from the day. Always use a Ph balanced cleanser to avoid compromising your skin's barrier. I generally switch out my gel cleanser for milk or balm in the winter months as my skin becomes drier. I find milk or balms more hydrating and soothing for the skin. My go-to right now is BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - Lait Vip O2 Oxygenating Milk Cleanser paired with either the mini glove Biologique Recherche or the Luna Cleaning tool FOREO - LUNA Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush Fuchsia to aid deeper cleaning and increase blood circulation while massaging the skin. Try not to skip cleansing at night no matter how sleepy you are, sleeping with your makeup on goes far beyond clogged pores. Sleeping with your makeup on in the long term will prematurely age your skin due to the breakdown of collagen from environmental pollutants left on the skin. Always cleanse your skin twice at night. Double cleansing is key in removing makeup and sunscreen effectively. Makeup and sunscreen are designed to stick to the skin, and one cleanse just not going to cut it. Use colder water, never hot water to cleanse your skin. Heat is not your skin's friend; it can cause tewl (transepidermal water loss), lead to irritation, dehydration and sensitivity. Avoid cleansing the skin in the shower, the water is generally too hot, and the shower's pressure can lead to burst vessels. Pat dry, do not aggressively rub your skin with a towel - I hear too many times people rub their skin aggressively with a dry face cloth to exfoliate the skin - stop it. Be gentle with your skin; there are better ways to exfoliate your skin - trust me. Which moves me on to P50 lotions BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - LOTION P50 PIGM 400 Follow your cleansing routine with the correct P50 lotion for your skin type. P50 lotion is a gentle but effective way to exfoliate, hydrate the skin while maintaining the skin's Ph and respecting its barrier function. My go-to P50 right now is Pig400 which also targets hyperpigmentation concerns. More tips and tricks on cleansing the skin below https://www.kimberlydematos.com/post/the-art-of-cleansing Dm for p50 recommendations.
My Top 5 Foundations for Oily Skin
Here are my top 5 foundations for oily/combination/acne prone skin! These are by no means my only favorite foundations, just the ones I keep going back to. 1. ESTĒE LAUDER - Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation This matte, oil-free foundation controls oil all day. It’s sweat, heat and humidity-resistant, waterproof and 24-hour colour true. With buildable, medium-to-full coverage that feels lightweight and so comfortable. No touchups needed. Best for hot weather/ holidays. The only Downside is that it doesn’t come with a pump 2. MAYBELLINE - Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation This foundation is a must have if you are looking for a good drugstore option for oily skin. It’s super affordable and gives a beautiful finish without feeling heavy on the skin. 3. HUDA BEAUTY - Fauxfilter Foundation is perfect for you if you are looking for full coverage. Just a couple of pumps go a long way. However, the formula isn’t ideal for anyone with dry skin or for people sensitive to string fragrances. 4. L'ORÉAL - Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Longwear Foundation This formula blends unbelievably well and you can build this to completely full coverage! ! I'm beyond impressed for this being drugstore. 5. The Ordinary - Colours Coverage Foundation with SPF 15 this is my everyday foundation and gives good enough coverage. I just have to mix two different shades to get my color as the range is quiet limited but for the price I pay, I don’t mind. Always stay away form words like “dewy”, “luminous”, “shiny” , “glowy” if you have oily skin. Let me know if you have any questions.
BIRTHDAY GLAM ✨
Here the finished look to my clients birthday glam look✨COLOURPOP - Minor in Astrology FENTY BEAUTY - Trophy Wife Life Makeup Set MAYBELLINE - SuperStay 24H Full Coverage Liquid Foundation
The best workout hairstyle!
Hairstyles for the gym don’t have to be cute - but it’s nice when they are!! Here is a SUPER easy Dutch braid into a bun - perfect for the gym when you don’t want your hair getting in your face when you’re moving around! Begin with the Dutch braid which is a 3 strand braid taking pieces from either side of your head, UNDER the middle strand of hair. Then fluff it out by pulling on the braid strands and then take all of that and put into a half bun, wrap the extra hair and you’re done!!! Literally so easy yall and SO STINKING CUTE!! Xo, Johanna
are pore bubbling masks worth it? 🧼🛁💬
since COVID has started, I know many people are on new (or refining old) skincare journeys and I’ve recently been experiencing some dryness/dehydrating as the winter rolls around, which also aggravates my already oily skin. I’ve worked in the beauty industry for a while and also was formerly an esthetician, so I can get picky with skincare and ingredients. ‼️for reference, my skin type is: combo (oily/dehydrated), formerly acneic, hyperpigmentation prone, and sensitive 🔬I’ve used Dr. Jart in the past and love that it’s a Korean, science-backed brand so I was stoked to try this Porecting Solution Mask! this mask promises fresh, clear glowing skin that deeply cleanses and purifies pores. the mask contains charcoal and saponine, which creates the bubbling effect you see in the above photo. this product does not contain sulfates, paragons, are phthalates. 🛁when I first took it out of its package, I thought there were *two* masks per package instead of one, but if you read the instructions, there’s actually a “mask film” on the actual mask itself that you’re supposed to remove, so make sure to do that! the actual mask is thick and full of product while the mask film is thinner and lighter in color. the directions also give you a tip to massage the mask to release the bubbling/foaming effect - I did this mask with my mom at the same time in separate rooms and she totally didn’t read the instructions so her mask didn’t bubble at all, so I would suggest to definitely massage the mask. 💬I left it on for 20 minutes and it continued to bubble about 5-10 minutes in, then stopped bubbling. you can hear the bubbles pop as the mask sits on your face, which is kinda weird but cool. the mask didn’t slip off AT ALL which is also a huge, even when I put a sweatshirt on over my head. after taking it off, the serum took about another 10 minutes to soak into my skin and my face felt super smooth and my pores looked tighter and more clean. I have a few sebaceous filaments on my nose that I sometimes pick at and as I was rubbing the serum into my skin, I saw that some of the sebaceous filaments on my nose were sloughing off (which is gross, but speaks to how well the product worked)! overall, I would definitely recommend and use this again! if you have oily skin or otherwise clogged pores, sebaceous filaments, blackheads, etc. I would suggest this for you. even if you have dry/normal skin, this would be a good option since my skin didn’t feel dried out at all afterward, even in my dry spell now, and felt rather hydrated and plump. five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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