Top 5 skincare ingredients you should never mix

by Anush Bichakhchyan

In the world of 5-step and 10-step skincare routines, it is so easy to get confused and mix the products that are not allowed to be mixed. From morning till evening, we add layer by layer covering skin with vitamin C, AHAs and BHAs, retinol, acids, and oils, ending up with super-heavy skin and dreaming of flawless skin. Each product has its purpose and compatibility with other products. Some are even dangerous for skin when combined. Before adding a new skincare product to your beauty routine, make sure it is compatible with other ingredients and safe for you. As a beauty guide, follow this list of top 5 skincare ingredients you should never mix.

Vitamin C + Retinol

Highly active ingredients in both types of products have different purposes and are incompatible. Vitamin C is an antioxidant with low pH used in the morning, while retinol is used exceptionally at night (read more about retinol here).

Vitamin C + AHAs/BHAs

Vitamin C is an acid, just like AHAs and BHAs. Combining two acids at a time will irritate skin and lead to dryness, redness, and inflammation. AHAs/BHAs are best to use in the evening, giving the skin time to recover from stress.

Retinol + AHAs

Though both products are used at night, there are still incompatible. Retinol is very active, and in the early period of using retinol, skin is irritated and dry. Exposing skin to another irritant is not a good idea, so if you regularly use both products, try to avoid using them at a time.

Benzoyl Peroxide/Salicylic Acid + Retinol

The first two ingredients are used to fight acne and breakouts. They are very active and can irritate sensate skin if not used in the right way. When used with retinol, the ingredients cause dryness and flaking.

Those simple rules are easy to remember, yet they can save you from damaging your skin. You can also find high-class skin care products in Arkive's online shop and get them at crazy sales. Hope we helped you to learn something new and be more professional in taking care of yourself.

With love,

Arkive - by Anush Bichakhchyan

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