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Ingredients You Should Mix

Vitamin C + Sunscreen
Vitamin C has a lot of skin benefits — from brightening and fading hyperpigmentation to protecting against free radical damage.
Sunscreen shields skin from UVA and UVB damage — helping prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging. Vitamin C is only really effective when worn with sunscreen. Together, they improve each other’s efficacy, working in tandem to visibly brighten skin and prevent sun damage.

When to apply: Every single morning! 

Vitamin C + ferulic acid

Ferulic acid fights free radicals to prevent and correct skin damage, and extends the life and effectiveness of vitamin C.

The most potent forms of vitamin C are often the most unstable, such as L-AA, or L-ascorbic acid, meaning that these serums are vulnerable to light, heat, and air.

However, when we combine it with ferulic acid, it helps to stabilize vitamin C so its antioxidant potency isn’t vanishing into the air.

Vitamin C + vitamin E

Vitamin E is no beneficial as a skincare ingredient itself, but when paired with vitamin C, the combination is more effective in preventing photodamage than either vitamin alone.

Both work by negating free radical damage, but each combats different types of UV.

By adding vitamin C and E serums into your routine, or using products that contain both, you’re giving your skin double the antioxidant ammunition to fight damage from free radicals and more UV damage than vitamin C by itself.

Vitamin C + vitamin E + ferulic acid

If vitamin C and E is good, and vitamin C and ferulic acid is too, what about a combination of all three? The answer is, 

it’s the best! Offering triple the protective powers.

Lactic Acid + Salicylic Acid

Better together because: Lactic acid increases cell turnover, it’s great for brightening. While salicylic acid penetrates within the follicle to decongest pores. Both will work great for those with breakout-prone skin to treat acne through every stage. Because they’re both exfoliants, make sure to maintain hydration daily so your skin barrier doesn’t become irritated. 

When to apply: 1-3x per week in your evening routine.

Niacinamide + Peptides
Better together because: Niacinamide ( vitamin B3) is an very popular ingredient in skincare : it brightens skin, fades hyperpigmentation, boosts hydration, smooths fine lines, and heals acne. Each type of peptide will serve they own unique purpose, but they generally are a powerhouse ingredient for targeting wrinkles. Niacinamide and peptides are a hard-working team. 

When to apply: These can be applied morning or night. 

Retinol it’s one of the most powerful ingredients we have to work with. I won’t say as a general rule to never pair it with other active ingredients (everyone’s skin is different) , but you should do so carefully.

Retinol + Physical Exfoliants
Physical exfoliants sometimes get a bad comment for being abrasive, but some formulations can actually be quite gentle and work really well with other exfoliants like retinol. Enzyme peels are one of the gentlest physical exfoliation mediums that works to scrub the skin without irritation. Just make sure to use very light touch when applying pressure.

Retinol + Vitamin C
Vitamin C makes its way onto a lot of ingredient mixing ,  just play it safe! This can be a great combo to treat fine lines and hyperpigmentation, but it is quite potent; so make sure to always listen to your skin. Some ways we recommend combining these ingredients include: 

1. Applying retinol in the evening and vitamin C in your morning routine. 
2. Using the ingredients on different days.
3. Using a wash-off vitamin C product, like a cleanser or mask. 

Retinol + AHAs/BHAs
If you have combination, oily, or acne skin, this combination may be helpful for maintaining oil production and a clear complexion. But again, play it safe:
1. Apply the products at night — but never on the same night.
2. Stagger use throughout the week, such as retinol 1-3 nights a week, and your other exfoliants 1-2 nights a week.
3. A wash-off exfoliating product can lessen chances of irritation.
4. Maintain hydration
Above all, daily sunscreen is a must!


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