Skin Care Ingredients You Should Never Combine

Recently I picked some pimples with the result that I had two pigmentation spots on my face.

In a drugstore I bought a serum promotion package against pigmentation spots containing 3 mini serums with vitamin C and 3 mini serums with niacinamide.

I thought for a moment to follow the K-beauty trend and put double serum on my face. Those with vitamin C and those with niacinamide. But in the end I didn’t do it thanks to my Dutch stinginess. Otherwise the serums would run out very quickly.

Luckily I didn’t mix the serums, because I found out that these ingredients combination do nothing for your skin! And there are a few more ingredient combinations that you better not rub on your face at the same time. Here are ingredients that you should not combine!

Vitamin C and niacinamide

Let me start with this one, because I almost made this mistake myself.

Vitamin C and niacinamide have quite a bit in common. They combat pigmentation spots, stimulate collagen production and provide plump, younger-looking skin.

Only if you put these ingredients on your skin at the same time, then both ingredients do nothing at all! So these ingredients are better not to combine.

Retin-A and scrub

Retin-A is great at triggering skin renewal. It also prevents wrinkles and discolorations.

Only downside: this ingredient can dry out your skin quite a bit, leaving you with chapped skin. It might be tempting, but it’s not a good idea to remove the chapped skins with a scrub. Retin-A often causes super sensitive skin. And you better not scrub it, otherwise you’ll make it worse!

Retinol and Benzoyl Peroxide

Retinol and Benzoyl Peroxide are both used as anti acne ingredient. Both ingredients are pretty hard on your skin.

So if you combine them you will destroy your skin. It will become dry, red and irritated. The best thing to do is to pick one of these ingredients and stick with it.

Retinol and AHA

Both retinol and AHA exfoliate your skin. If you combine both ingredients, it leads to redness, irritation, sensitivity and dryness.

Do you want to use them both? Then it’s better to use both ingredients on different days.

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