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These Are The Skincare Ingredients You Should Never Mix

Keep these in mind next time you shop for products.
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People tend to think that mixing skincare products or ingredients will make their routine more effective. This is a dangerous way to go about your skincare regimen. Some ingredients in the products you use are not meant to be used together. This can cause further irritation and sensitivity.

In a video made by Renée AKA Gothamista on YouTube, she discussed the skincare ingredients and products that you can and cannot use together. 

Here are those you CAN use in one skincare routine:

  • L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) + Sunscreen. These two products work well on their own, but together? They're an unbeatable duo!
  • Niacinamide + Retinoids. A niacinamide serum would be a good addition to your routine if you're only starting out on your retinoid journey.
  • L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) + Sunscreen + Retinoids. Incorporating these three ingredients would make for a good age defense skincare routine.

And here are the ones that you CANNOT use together in one skincare routine:

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  • L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) + Benzoyl peroxide. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, and benzoyl peroxide works by oxidizing, so using them together would only cancel them out—rendering the two ingredients useless.
  • Retinoic acid + Benzoyl peroxide. These two combined have an unstable formula that can cause your skin further irritation.

Renée advised that you don't have to use all of your skincare products for "maximum benefit". You can alternate products rather than layering them on, as they will be more effective that way.

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