These are the skincare ingredients you should NEVER mix together

These are the skincare ingredients you should NEVER mix together

If you’re a skincare addict you’ll know the difference between chemical names like alpha hydroxy acids and vitamin C – but it’s how they work separately and together that’s important.

These potent elements, often found in things like serums and scrubs, may promise to rid your skin of dryness, flakiness or hormonal acne, but if they’re used in conjunction with something else they may prove entirely ineffective.

In a bid to decide which order they should be applied, Dr Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip told Popsugar the first culprits we should be separating are benzoyl peroxide and retinol.

In a bid to decide which order they should be applied, Dr Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip told Popsugar the first culprits we should be separating are benzoyl peroxide and retinol

Both are better known for their ability to treat spotty skin, but lathering the pair on at once is a terrible idea. 

‘Benzoyl peroxide is a potent acne product that’s great for inflammatory acne, but many people are unaware that benzoyl peroxide can inactivate a topical retinol,’ explained Dr. Imahiyerobo-Ip. 

So you’re essentially cancelling out the effects of both – and wasting your money – on a treatment that won’t work. 

So you’re essentially cancelling out the effects of both – and wasting your money – on a treatment that won’t work

Dr. Imahiyerobo-Ip instead recommends using benzoyl in the morning after your face is cleansed and retinol at night before you go to sleep. Both will work to alleviate the symptoms associated with acne but on their own schedules.

It’s also important not to mix vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, given they both have a high impact antioxidant hit.

If applied together though they have the ability to change the pH of your skin to be more acidic.

It’s also important not to mix vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, given they both have a high impact antioxidant hit

While this won’t necessarily irritate it, this renders the vitamin C product useless and is a huge waste of money. A similar effect can be felt with vitamin B3 and alpha hydroxy acids.

What you can safely mix is vitamins C and E which are both extremely nourishing and help to prevent the outer layer of epidermis from free radical damage.

Coupled with sunscreen these ingredients are the best way of blocking the sun’s harmful UV rays. 

News Source DailyMailsNews

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