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Is it Okay to mix skin care items?

Could your daily beauty routine be putting your skin at risk? Do you know which ingredients you should never combine to reduce your risk of skin irritation and pigmentation?

Incompatible ingredients or different pH ranges can irritate skin and lead to breakouts, rashes or topical skin dermatitis

Don’ts of skin care cocktailing

Don’t mix vitamin C with …

  1. Alphahydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Taking into account that both vitamin C and AHAs are acid-based overloading your skin with too many acid based-ingredients increases your chances of redness, peeling and skin irritation. Some AHAs even come with instructions to wash it off after a certain amount of time so that the skin can accommodate and tolerate it.

  1. Copper Peptides

Copper peptides help to encourage elastin and collagen formation, making it necessary for wound healing. But when used with vitamin C, the effects of each are cancelled out, rendering the benefits useless.

  1. Retinol

When mixing Retinol (vitamin A) with Vitamin C (especially high concentrations, 10% or higher) can cause the skin to become dry and even feel sensitive. However, there are some topical products that contain both ingredients, but chances are they contain low concentrations of each, making them safe to use.

 

Don’t mix Retinol with…

  1. Benzoyl Peroxide

Retinol and benzoyl peroxide can ward off acne and prevent the formation of new blemishes, but when used simultaneously, they can counteract each other’s benefits. Both are drying, exfoliating, peeling agents, and when they’re mixed together, they can cause excessive peeling, unwanted pigment, lasting redness and even blistering and scarring

  1. AHAs

Both retinol and AHAs can help to generate new collagen, but be careful when using them together. If your skin is sensitive alternate, applying the AHA in the morning and retinol at night for the first few weeks so a tolerance can be built. Essential for both retinoid and AHA to use a daily sunscreen as well, since both cause UV sensitivity.

Role of sunscreen

Your normal skin care regime of cleanser and moisturizer won’t interfere with the SPF effectiveness and shouldn’t irritate your skin. You can even layer on an antioxidant serum to boost your UV protection.

Irrespective of the ingredients you are using or which ones you are mixing to get added skin benefits always remember to add a daily sunscreen SPF 30 or higher that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

 

The bottom line

Most of the time mixing skin care items is okay, just be careful not to overuse one type of ingredient or layer ingredients that counteract with each other. To avoid unwanted side effects, keep your routine basic. Stick to one active ingredient in the morning and another one at night.

Skin Imperfections defined

SKIN Conditions Defined

Skin imperfections can be anything from: Thread Veins, Red Veins, Broken Capillaries,  Skin Tags, Milia, Rosacea, Broken Capillaries, Freckles etc.

The first step you can take to improve your skin texture is to understand your condition and identify the culprits behind less-than-perfect skin. 

Here are the most common skin imperfections in alphabetical order.

Age Spots

Blemishes on the skin associated with ageing and exposure to UV light.  They are located in areas most often exposed to the sun, particularly the hands, face, shoulders, arms and forehead.  They range in colour from light brown to red to black.

Broken Capillaries / Thread Veins / Red Veins

These are conditions that are most commonly found on the face (particularly around the nose) and legs. They can be caused by many factors, including ageing, pregnancy, harsh weather and smoking.

Cellulite

The accumulation of fat that presses against the connective tissues underneath a person’s skin, causing a bumpy or ‘cottage cheese-like’ effect. Genetics, hormones and/or diet often serve as the root of the problem.

Hypo-pigmentation

Hypo-pigmentation is the partial loss of skin colour, hypopigmented skin is abnormally light when compared to the surrounding skin and occurs when the skin produces too little melanin.  The most common causes are after an injury to the skin or by regular intake of particular medications.

Melasma

Characterised by dark, irregular patches commonly found on the upper cheeks, nose, lips, upper lip and forehead which often develop over time.  Particularly common in women especially pregnant women and those taking oral or patch contraceptives or HRT medications.  This exact cause is not known but is linked to hormonal changes rather than sun damage

Rosacea

An inflammatory response where the skin becomes flushed and vasodilated very easily.  The symptoms begin with flushing and redness on the central face and across the cheeks, nose or forehead, but can also affect the neck, chest, ears and scalp.

Skin Pigmentation

Conditions that cause the skin to appear blotchy and lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) than normal due to an imbalance in melanin, the pigment that determines hair, skin and eye color. Skin pigmentation disorders are caused by varying factors, including sun exposure, allergic reactions and genetic inheritance.

Skin Tags and Milia

Skin tags are very common and normally found around the bust, neck or areas of friction such as the underarm. They are harmless but can be both unsightly and irritating.

Milia are very small, white,  cysts which lie superficially under the surface of the skin, commonly around the eye area.

Stretch Marks

A form of scarring that occurs on the skin and has a white or reddish tint. When the dermis tears due to loss of elasticity and collagen, such scars can appear. Stretch marks also occur when the skin is stretched at a rapid pace (i.e. puberty, weight gain or pregnancy).

Sun Damage

Often the price we pay for tanning, sun damage occurs when the skin is overly exposed to the sun’s intense ultraviolet (UV) rays. While some effects are immediately visible (i.e. sunburns and suntans), others appear over time in the form of unsightly wrinkles and liver spots. Excessive and repeated sun exposure can permanently damage skin cell DNA, resulting in skin cancer.

 

What can you do to improve your skin complexion?

Keeping skin perfectly blemish-free is almost impossible. However, with an effective daily cleansing routine and a thorough understanding of how imperfections can be prevented and reduced, you’ll be on your way towards achieving clearer, more beautiful skin.

Contrary to popular belief, skin imperfections are not caused by eating greasy foods, limited to teenagers, or cured overnight. Regardless of whether you are prone to imperfections or not, there are simple ways to help control and prevent them.

Stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, and hormonal changes can all have an impact on your skin. To keep imperfections at bay, lead a healthy lifestyle and incorporate good skincare products into your regime. Look for anti-bacterial products that also exfoliate the skin surface to help purify and unclog pores.

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