With an increase in self-care investment over the past few months, many of us have startedindulging and experimenting with skincare. However, with the limitless amount of ingredients and confusing formulas it’s sometimes hard to know where to start and what to use. To make it easier we’ve put together a guide to help you understand the benefits of the most common ingredients and how to mix and match them safely.
Retinol- also known as the powerhouse of the skincare world. It’s one of the strongest ingredients recommended by dermatologists across the globe. Retinol works by promoting cell turnover which in turn can help improve the appearance of fine lines, uneven skin tone, texture, dark spots and acne. The only catch is that it can be extremely irritating to the skin. To use it safely we recommend starting with a low strength and gradually adding it into your routine, starting with using it once a week until your skin builds up tolerance. As it is such an active ingredient it is only safe to mix with hyaluronic acid, ceramides and SPF. Stay away from mixing it with harsher ingredients such as vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide, and AHA/BHA acids. For maximum results use retinol for a minimum of three months.
Do mix with- Hyaluronic acid, ceramides, SPF.
Don’t mix with- Vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide, and AHA/BHA acids.
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 1 Serum 30ml4.7 Stars 23 Reviews£39.00
The Ordinary Retinol Serum 0.5% in Squalane 30ml4.83 Stars 29 Reviews£5.20
The INKEY List Retinol Serum 30ml4.73 Stars 41 Reviews£9.99
Just as it is important for us to consume in ourbody, it is also equally important for our skin. Vitamin C works to brighten the complexion and can even lighten scars and pigmentation. It also stimulates collagen which helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines, making facial skin plump and elastic. For maximum results use in the morning alongside other antioxidants like vitamin E to boost efficiency. As retinols are best used overnight as they help to build collagen and rebuild the skin, it’s crucial to keep these ingredients separate from each other due to their different functions.
Do mix with- Antioxidants and SPF.
Don’t mix with- Retinol.
Origins GinZing Into The Glow Brightening Serum 30ml4.83 Stars 6 Reviews£31.20
REN Clean Skincare Radiance Perfection Serum 30ml4.33 Stars 21 Reviews£40.00
PIXI Vitamin-C Tonic 100ml4.78 Stars 55 Reviews£10.00
AHAs and BHAs are types of hydroxy acids that can be found in a variety of cleansers, toners and moisturisers. Both AHAs and BHA exfoliate the skin, AHAs help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells can be generated. On the other hand, BHAs can get deeper into the pores to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum. All of these acids may make skin itchy and irritated so we recommend to follow them up by using a moisturising product and SPF. To avoid further irritation, avoid mixing with retinols.
Do mix with-Moisturising ingredients and SPF
Don’t mix with- Retinol
Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter 90g4.45 Stars 22 Reviews£24.00
Murad Aha/Bha Exfoliating Cleanser 200ml4.73 Stars 48 Reviews£38.00
Herbivore Prism 12% AHA and 3% BHA Exfoliating Glow Serum 30ml3.33 Stars 3 Reviews£49.00
Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is a nutrient that can be found in our bodies. It helps to balance sebum production and improves skins overall texture. It also helps brightenyour complexion and evens out discolouration. As niacinamide is an anti-inflammatory, the skin reacts very minimally to it meaning it is compatible with most other skincare products. However, one product it must not mix with is vitamin C as when used together their potency is diminished.
Do mix with – Most ingredients
Don’t mix with-Vitamin C
Revolution Beauty Niacinamide Essence Spray4 Stars 1 Reviews£6.00
Anti-Blemish and Mattify with Niacinamide Expert Skin Routine Bundle£43.50
Olay Eyes Ultimate Puffy Eye Cream with Niacinamide and Peptides for Dark Circles 15ml4 Stars 2 Reviews£24.99
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance produced within the skin's cells and helps the skin to maintain moisture. Although the substance does occur naturally with high concentration in the eyes and joints, the older we get the more we lose. This then results in wrinkles and fine lines across your complexion so it’s best to incorporate this into your routine from your mid-twenties. The product is safe to mix with every ingredient but works particularly well alongside vitamin C to give your skin a brightening, hydrated boost.
Do mix with-Everything!
La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum 30ml4.71 Stars 58 Reviews£38.00
VICHY Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Booster 50ml4.62 Stars 133 Reviews£25.00
Murad Clarifying Water Gel 48ml4.31 Stars 13 Reviews£38.00
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