Perfect Pairs; Which ingredients work well together?
Perfect Pairs: Which ingredients work well together?
Sometimes, it’s not just one ingredient your skin needs – it’s two!
Your skin is a complicated thing and often requires ingredients to target multiple problems. So, finding the right combination of ingredients in your skincare products can provide a complimentary transformation for your skin. But which ones work best together? Read on to find out which ingredients you should be pairing for the most common skin concerns.
For anti-ageing – Retinol & Vitamin C
Though there’s no miracle product that can stop ageing in its tracks, there are plenty of ingredients that can reduce the signs of ageing and improve the appearance of skin as you get older.
Whilst your body naturally produces collagen that firms and plumps the skin, the benefits found in retinol and vitamin C can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Combined together, these ingredients can help neutralise free radicals which can do damage to the cells of your skin. It also prevents oxidation, enhancing the ingredients’ anti-ageing benefits.
For sensitive skin – Retinol & Hyaluronic Acid
Sensitive skin can be a tricky one to find products for as you’re more likely to react to the most commonly used ingredients in skincare.
Retinoids – the family under which retinol falls under – is recommended for multiple skincare problems. For some people, it can be particularly harsh on the skin, causing dryness and irritation, so it should be paired with hyaluronic acid to compliment this Vitamin-A derivative.
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally hydrating, allowing the retinol to do its job for your skin without feeling harsh and uncomfortable. With these ingredients, it’s best to pair them to soothe sensitive skin, rather than use each one individually as they could cause more problems than they solve. The acid also helps retain moisture, as well as plumping and firming the skin, giving you a more youthful and glowing look.
For blemish-prone skin or enlarged pores – Salicylic Acid (BHA) and Niacinamide
One of the more common skin problems for those with oily or combination skin, most skincare products don’t target blemishes the way they promise. But, the combination of salicylic acid and niacinamide has shown dramatic changes to the complexions of those who suffer from blemishes or enlarged pores, giving a more even and healthy-looking skin tone.
Salicylic acid, one of two key acids used in skincare, helps remove excess dead skin from the surface of your face, acting as a gentle exfoliator to clear your pores and reduce an enlarged appearance.
Complimentary to that, niacinamide helps to improve the skin’s elasticity, acting as a powerful anti-blemish treatment that fights imperfections across the face. These products also have some exfoliating properties that’ll keep your skin looking fresh and clean for longer.
For UV/sun protection – Vitamins E and C & sunscreen
Sunscreen might just be the most important part of your skincare routine. Our skin is exposed to UV light all the time, so it’s important to protect your skin from the natural aggressors that sun exposure can cause.
Alongside traditional sunscreen, a mix of Vitamin E and Vitamin C could boost the preventative nature of the cream, largely due to its bevy of antioxidants. Both vitamins are high in skin-loving antioxidants that increase the protection offered by sunscreen, making them a great combo to protect your skin from the sun and prevent UV damage and signs of ageing caused by sun exposure.
These two vitamins can also help to undo damage already caused by UV light by helping to repair and replace the skin, as well as offering a second layer of protection for you.
It’s important to develop a skincare routine that’s just as unique as your skin. At Skinora, our team of medical professionals perform a full analysis of your skin to diagnose individual problems to find the right regimen and products for you. Take the skin quiz and schedule your consultation with a Skinora doctor today.
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