What Skincare ingredients to not mix

Being passionate about your skin and its appearance should be very important to all of us. Our skin is our biggest organ, and we should do all we can to make sure is in the best condition.

If you are new to skincare or already have a well-established skincare routine, there are still dos and don’ts. One thing all of us who are concerned about our skin should know is what products to mix and what products not to mix. Some ingredients in some of your favourite skincare products may work harmoniously with other ingredients while some may not.

Knowing and selecting the right skincare products for your skin type and focusing on issues you want to treat are important. But also, very important is making sure the products and ingredients in your skincare routine are in harmony with one another and complement each other.

Not knowing what ingredients and products should be mixed can lead to many issues. These issues can range from not getting the desired results to making your skin more irritated.

To avoid skin irritation, you should select products that complement each other. This way you will avoid over-drying your skin and making it more irritated.

  • Vitamin C, which is essentially an acid, should not be mixed with AHAs and BHAs like glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids. Since Vitamin C is very unstable mixing it with acids will further destabilises its PH balance and make in not effective at all.


  • Not let’s talk about mixing oil-based products with water-based products. This should be pretty simple since we all know oil and water do not mix. Oil based products will create a layer on your skin which prevents water-based products to get absorbed. The best solution here is if you have to use both oil and water-based products to apply the water-based products before applying the oil-based products.


  • Also avoid using glycolic acid with salicylic acid. Both these products help to remove dead skin form the top layers of your skin. But they should be used separately and mixing them together can bet very harmful and cause damage to your skin barriers.


  • And last also avoid using Vitamin C with niacinamide. Both these ingredients are great at treating scarred skin. But mixing the two together is very dangerous. Essentially niacinamide can destroy the beneficial properties of Vitamin C and convert it into a substance which turns your skin red and starts acne.

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