There are many different types of skincare ingredients that can treat skincare concerns. It's confusing to figure out how to use these skincare ingredients and how to use them. A category of skincare products that has become more popular are skincare acids. Skincare acids are ingredients that provide exfoliation to the skin. It's a great way to gently exfoliate the skin. However, there are some important rules in using skincare acids and in this blog post, we will talk about two different skincare acids that you shouldn't mix!
Retinol + Chemical Exfoliants (AHA & BHA)
Retinol (vitamin A) is an amazing ingredient that will help with fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin texture. Retinol is known to be irritating on the skin, and it should be introduced slowly and in a less concentrated formula. Although, retinol is a great ingredient you need to be careful and not mix it with certain ingredients.
You shouldn't mix retinol with vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide, and AHA/BHA skincare products. Since retinol increases skin turnover, it can lead to skin irritations, so it's important not to mix it with AHA/BHA because it might dry out the skin and cause irritations. You shouldn't use benzoyl peroxide with retinol because it will cancel each other out and make both products ineffective. Vitamin C can be used with retinol, just not at the same time. It's best to use vitamin C during the day with a good sunscreen and use retinol at night, so it works while you sleep.
Vitamin C + Acidic ingredients (Salicylic acid & Glycolic acid)
Vitamin C is a powerful ingredient that has many benefits for the skin. It can brighten the skin, fade hyperpigmentation, repairs sun damage, and boosts collagen production. Vitamin C comes in different formulations like creams, serums, and essences. We recommend that you use a vitamin C serum and to use it during the day. Make sure you follow up with a good sunscreen afterwards!
You shouldn't mix vitamin C with AHAs and BHAs, and retinol. AHAs and BHAs exfoliate the skin, and vitamin C; also has exfoliating properties. If you use vitamin C and AHAs and BHAs; it could lead to over-exfoliation and dry out the skin. Like mentioned previously, retinol and vitamin C can be used together but not at the same time. Vitamin C should be used during the day since it layers well with sunscreen and makeup products. While, retinol should be applied at night; right before you go to sleep.
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