These days there are a wide variety of skincare products out there for every problem. Nonetheless, do you ever wonder if you are applying your skincare products the right way? Products are more than just a pretty packaging, therefore,  you have to be sure you are applying them correctly.

Are you confused about whether you can mix certain ingredients at the same time?  It can be really confusing to know how to properly use skincare products, and when is the best time to apply them. As always, before you use any active ingredients, be sure to consult your dermatologist for proper information on how to use them.

Certain ingredients can cancel out the efficacy of product

With so many active ingredients available in the market today, it can be confusing to know the proper application to administer these treatments. It is beneficial to note that certain ingredients can cancel out the efficacy of product, and thus, leave your skin irritated and dehydrated. If there is one thing I want you to take from this article, it is that there are certain ingredients that just don’t mix well together.

In this article I will list which ingredients that I recommend you to alternate use of. This will not only save you money in the long run (by using the ingredients properly), but most of all save your skin!  Birchbox.com states, “The way you apply your skincare products is just as important as the ingredients in them.” This statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only is it crucial for you to apply your products from thinnest consistency to the thickest, but allowing time in between treatments will ensure maximum efficacy of absorption of the product to your skin.

Using too many skincare products at the same time is a big skin SIN! To avoid the side effects of over-exfoliation, try alternating active ingredients at different times of the day or week. You can read more about this HERE. 

Here is a handy chart I made for you to pin and save for your information on skincare ingredients you should never mix and use at the same time:

-Ingredients I prefer to use at night: 

-Retinol, retinoids, benzoyl Peroxide gel or cream, and glycolic acid.

-Ingredients I prefer to use during the day:

-Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C, cleansers that contain benzoyl peroxide and niacinamide (B-Vitamin).

-Retinol and salicylic Acid both work to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin and are gentle to the skin. However, using both at the same time can cause excessive peeling and irritate the skin.

I recommend using retinol at night and salicylic acid in the day. Since most actives make the skin extra sensitive, it is highly recommended to use the specific actives I mentioned above at night. Many actives degrade in sunlight so it’s best to apply them at night. Your skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation when using actives, so make sure to wear SPF 30+ daily.

Skincare ingredients and actives you should NEVER mix.

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Skincare ingredients you should never mix

Source: https://www.birchbox.com/magazine/article/how-to-apply-skincare-products

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