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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.

Obagi Retinol 1.0

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.

Skinceuticals Retinol 0.3

Skinceuticals HA (Hyaluronic Acid) Intensifier

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.

ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser 200ml

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.


Skinceuticals C E Ferulic

NeoStrata Skin Active Antioxidant Defense Serum

Skinceuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50


Glo Skin Beauty Oil Free Sunscreen with SPF 40+

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.

About the Author: Anna Puri

Dr Anna Puri is an Aesthetic doctor and GP with over 14 years experience in both the medical and aesthetic fields. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of St Andrews and University of Manchester. She continues to work both as an Aesthetic doctor at her clinics in Ascot and Kew and as a GP. Dr Anna brings her holistic approach to all aspects of the care she provides with a strong focus on advice and treatment that is specifically tailored to her patients expectations and needs. She has worked with cosmeceutical skin care brands and treated a wide range of skin concerns for over a decade. Dr Anna has a special interest in Antiaging skincare and procedures . Dr Anna's work has been featured in various magazines including Lux and The Aesthetics Journal. You can follow Dr Anna on the SkinoraUK instagram page and Skinora YouTube channel.

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Last update: March 17th, 2021

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