If you’re someone who likes mixing different skincare products and layering them this is something you should watch out for. Sure, mixing ingredients sound like we can get the best of both worlds but what happens when these ingredients actually work against each other? We’ve done some research and gathered some of the common “no-nos” when thinking about mixing products.
1. Oil-based + Water-based Skincare
We all know that oil doesn’t really hang well with water (it’s science, basically). It’s the same for skincare products. Oil-based products prevent the hydrating products from effectively penetrating the skin. Oil products usually leave a film on your skin so patting on any water-based product is literally futile.
2. Salicylic Acid (BHA) + Glycolic Acid (AHA)
While one ingredient is a popular acne treatment, and the other an effective exfoliant that helps diminish the appearance of sun and age spots. But mixing the two will strip your skin.
Both are keratolytic agents that help to remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin. Using the both of them at the same time will only result in irritating your skin and redness ensues.
3. Vitamin A + AHA/BHA
Simply don’t use Vitamin A products with any kind of acidic ingredients, the key ones being – AHA’s (Glycolic, Lactic acid), BHA’s (Salicylic acid) and Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid).
Any combination of these with Vitamin A will result in extreme exfoliation. Using too many exfoliating products together will leave your skin irritated, reddened, flaky and sensitive especially when exposed to light!
At the end of the day, you should be more informed about the types of ingredients that are in your skincare products and be wary that slapping layer on top of layer might not be the best solution to your skincare woes!