💎Want Crystal Clear Skin? The Dos & Don’ts of Mixing Skincare Products

Jun. 17
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. 
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