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.