Which ingredients can and cannot be mixed together?

Who doesn’t remember iconic Samantha’s situation from ‘Sex and the City’ had made her look for ways to hide her face from the effect of chemical peeling? Well, if you don’t want to stand in the same bucket, you better move towards learning which pairs are and aren’t best for your skin. Sip while we bring you more tea on skincare tips:


Ingredients that are worth pairing?

  • Retinol and Hyaluronic acid: Retinol is a hungry ingredient. Meaning it always needs well-moisturised skin to work on. Slathering Retinol on dry skin can only do you worse. So to keep the skin moisturised while Retinol does its magic, you can pair it with Hyaluronic acid who is a great humectant. But again, this pair can work well when you are staying in a humid climate and not in a hilly or dry climate.
  • Retinol and Bakuchiol oil: You might know Bakuchiol and Retinol are the same but there’s a catch. Bakuchiol is a plant derivative of Vitamin A whereas Retinol is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A. Retinol could be strong on the skin but that’s not true for Bakuchiol oil. Anybody and everybody can use Bakuchiol oil. However, some tests have proven that Retinol and Bakuchiol showed better results when paired together. They are helping buddies for each other and together they can make your skin happy. In case you’re wondering where to look up this combination, you can check out Light it up which has Retinol Liposome with Bakuchiol oil. The cherry on the cake is that Retinol Liposomes are gentler and a great option for beginners too.


Ingredients that cannot be paired?

  • Vitamin C and Chemical exfoliants: Vitamin C is popular for its ability to provide your skin with a rich dose of antioxidants. At the same time, it has to be used mindfully, starting with lower concentration. Pairing it with Exfoliating acid can be a nightmare for your skin. Why? Exfoliating acids with Vitamin C, which is basically acid, can make your skin dry and even burn. This pair is the perfect recipe for a damaged skin barrier. Ideally, you should limit yourself to just one or two actives in a skincare regime. Including two acids in one go is a total disaster.
  • Retinol and Vitamin C: Retinol is a strong actives that works on increasing cell turnover and so does Vitamin C. They both being powerful enough to be efficacious alone. When paired together, they can irritate your skin and lead to redness, dryness, etc. It is best to use such a strong active alone rather than pairing it with another active. Pairing can increase your skin’s sensitivity.


While building a skincare regime, it is important to ensure that you’re gentle on your skin and not just focusing on eradicating a skin concern. In the end, only healthy skin can look good. For that, being gentle to your skin is the key!

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