It’s hard to narrow down skin care problems. Those of us who are concerned with skin health might recognize the multitude of possible skin problems that require our attention. Rarely we have just one skin problem that we want to treat. Some people even have what is known as “combination skin.” That is, they have both oily skin and dry skin in different areas. This often brings us to the store aisles with endless bottles of creams, serums, and lotions. Either we try to find a product that covers all of the bases or we buy a product for each of our problems. But you might be wondering at that point, Is it okay to use skin care products in combination? This is a reasonable concern and one that I’ll address in the course of this article.
The Never-Mix List
Vitamin C is one of the vitamins most commonly found in skin care products, and for good reason, because Vitamin C has wonderful antioxidant and anti aging benefits that protect your skin from further damage. However, there are some other ingredients you should not combine with Vitamin C. Alphahydroxy Acids, or AHAs, are acid-based, and because Vitamin C is too, the excessive acid will irritate your skin, causing redness and peeling. Using Vitamin C with Copper Peptides isn’t so much dangerous as it is futile. Copper peptides promote elastin and collagen formation, but these effects are canceled out when used with Vitamin C. Really the only reason some people suggest that you shouldn’t use Vitamin C products with Retinol is because both are very strong, which can cause irritation, dryness, and damage.
Speaking Of Retinol
Retinol is one of the most popular skin care ingredients these days. These are Vitamin A derivatives that boost collagen to reduce and eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. Retinol is a peeling and exfoliating agent, meaning that it is rather dry in nature. So is Benzoyl Peroxide. Both of these are used frequently to help with acne issues. But if used together, you may experience irritation and excessive peeling. This will only add to your skin problems! If you have sensitive skin, it’s best not to use retinols in conjunction with anything else because it is pretty strong, and your skin might react poorly.
The Art Of (Skincare) Mixology
Maybe you’re the kind of person who likes to experiment. You aren’t satisfied with what the stores give you, so you try and concoct something nobody has ever thought of. This is a great mindset, but it can also be dangerous. Mixing and layering skin care products can be effective but also complex. Think of mixing cocktails. There is definitely a right way and a wrong way to do it, despite the creative aspect of it. To start, here’s a good rule of thumb: if you are going to use a retinol, use moisturizing lotion first. Because retinols exfoliate, you want to make sure your skin is plenty hydrated. Otherwise it can get irritated. The other thing with retinoids is that you want to introduce them slowly so your skin can get acclimated.
The Dynamic Duo
If you are interested in anti aging techniques, try this one out to protect skin from damage and keep it super healthy. Using antioxidants and sunscreen together can be a powerful deterrent against damage and sun exposure. As you probably realize, sunscreen blocks the sun’s UV rays, but some of these rays get through. An antioxidant can save your skin from the sun damage that happens even when you wear sunscreen. Think of it as backup protection. It’s always a good idea to use sunscreen on top of any skin care product combinations. Because no matter what you use, your skin is vulnerable to a lot of environmental damage, and no mix of ingredients will heal your skin if it’s being attacked by harmful UV rays.