Be Careful in Using These Skincare Products Together

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Skin care is an important routine in every working woman’s life. Some skin care routines involve around 10 steps, promising amazing results afterward. However, even if you’re putting together multiple products, it doesn’t guarantee that your skin will become better and more radiant as a result. Although products from the same maker as Mizon are pretty safe to use together, you should take extra care when putting together beauty products from different brands.

A person’s skin type plays a big role in the kind of products he or she should use for skin care purposes. If the majority of the products being used are chemical or acid-based, there should be a careful selection in the kind of cosmetic lines used with them. Oily skin creates a reaction with certain ingredients to oxidize quicker so it’s better to go with natural ingredients than acidic ones. 

Before checkout, you have to make sure to check the key ingredients in the products you use on your face. While most beauty products are safe to use together, here are the 3 combinations that you should be careful in applying to your face or body:

1. Retinol and Benzoyl Peroxide (anti-acne)

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Benzoyl Peroxide and Retinol are 2 anti-acne products that are good when used separately. They both have the function of stopping acne and preventing new ones from forming; however, when used together, they cancel each other out. Aside from canceling each other out, they make your skin very dry and irritated which could lead to peeling, dryness, scarring, and blisters.

The last thing you want from your anti-acne products is more skin problems and irritation, so you have to make sure that you only use one or the other in treating your breakouts.

2. Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA) and Vitamin C

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The Alpha Hydroxyl Acids or AHA will change the PH level of the Vitamin C which would destabilise and make the antioxidant properties ineffective. Vitamin C helps prevent damage from free radicals to a visible sign of ageing. This also known for its ability to treat multiple signs of ageing, hyper pigmentation and uneven skin tone. AHA helps to promote regeneration of the skin to reveal a younger looking skin. AHA also improves the appearance of wrinkles, brightens skin tone and softens and smoothes the skin. Vitamin C can be taken with other products but make sure to avoid using it with AHA.

3. Retinol, Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxyl Acids (BHA)

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Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA) or Beta Hydroxyl Acids (BHA) individually could be added as a supplement to your skin care routine; however, when either of these 2 is combined with retinol, then it could leave redness and peeling. If it's really necessary to use these ingredients for your skin, you just have to use them separately like AHA or BHA in the morning and Retinol in the evening. Retinol is recommended to be used at night because this makes the skin susceptible to sun damage. 

People say that when use together, they will neutralise each other and lose their anti-aging properties. But now, when put together, they would work together to get those wrinkles and red breakouts off your face. AHA and BHA are exfoliants. Glycolic acid and Lactic acid belongs to AHA family, while Salicylic acid to the BHA family. Salicylic acid is oil soluble that penetrates the pore and unclogs them. For Glycolic acid is from sugar cane and Lactic acid from milk. AHA and BHA can work together at a low pH, yet they still could work together at a higher pH but not as good.

One of the best ways to make sure that your skin stays healthy is not only through a good skin care routine but also in double-checking that the products you use are compatible with one another. Sometimes, instead of solving skin problems, using the wrong ingredients together are going to make things worse.

Products that involve acids and chemicals need to be analysed carefully before purchase. Doing the right amount of research on brands, ingredients, and other factors can help make sure that the money you spend on beauty products would not be wasted. If you’re planning to buy skin care products, make sure to check the reviews and the statements from other people who have tried them.

Guest blog article written by Cindy Mendoza, editor at Annelle Digital

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