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Why Your Skincare Routine Could Be Sabotaging Your Skin

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If you’re applying all the right cosmetics but not seeing any effect, or if your skin remains dull despite getting enough sleep and not experiencing particular stress, the problem could be a wrong combination of cosmetics. Have you considered checking if the cosmetics you currently use are compatible or if they hinder absorption due to incompatibility? Why not give your vanity a check?

Exfoliants and Hyaluronic Acid: A Perfect Match

AHA and BHA are common ingredients in exfoliants, organic acids that dissolve and remove dead skin cells. However, due to their acidity, they can irritate the skin. Overuse can cause the skin to feel raw or become dry, and insufficient exfoliation can make the skin appear flaky and dirtier. To prevent moisture evaporation from dried skin, it’s beneficial to use moisturizing products containing hyaluronic acid or ceramides.

Worried About Skin Elasticity?

Products containing retinol are often used to improve skin structure and elasticity, accelerate the cell production cycle inside the skin, and prevent wrinkles. However, retinol can cause excessive peeling of the stratum corneum, so it’s crucial to use products that enhance moisture retention. Using strong moisturizing ingredients like glycerin can minimize skin irritation and provide a synergistic effect on complexion improvement and wrinkle alleviation.

Vitamin C serum works well with arbutin

Vitamin C prevents the activation of melanin, which causes skin pigmentation, making it commonly used in cosmetics to whiten and improve blemishes. Using it with arbutin products, which inhibit the enzyme that promotes melanin synthesis, can synergistically inhibit pigment formation and alleviate pigmentation.

Vitamin C and Retinol: A Bad Combination

Retinol, being a vitamin A component, also contains acid. Using retinol with vitamin C products can irritate, varying by individual skin type. Since vitamin C has an average acidity of pH 2.5-3, applying acidic products on skin exfoliated with retinol can over-irritate the skin. This combination can be particularly harmful for extremely sensitive skin.

Oily Products Should Avoid This

BHA is beneficial for alleviating acne by aiding sebum and exfoliant evacuation from pores, but it can worsen acne if layered with oily products. Anti-aging products, often rich in oil to prevent wrinkles caused by dry skin, can clog pores and create an environment conducive to acne-causing bacteria. Therefore, combining BHA with these products is not recommended.

Combining Foundation and BB Cream?

Many use foundation and BB cream together for enhanced adhesion and coverage. Still, BB cream was originally developed to improve regeneration after laser treatments, while the foundation is meant for skin tone correction and flaw coverage. Mixing the two can interfere with the skin and clog pores, leading to trouble. Extra care in cleansing is required if both are used.

Pore Care Products with Firming Products

Firming products might seem unfamiliar, but they help care for large pores and prevent dry skin. They also help firm slack skin and control sebum. Using various pore care products together can effectively manage sebum and oil and minimize pores.

Regenerative Cream is a Must After Spot Treatment

Spot treatments containing vitamins or glycolic acid, which react over time after being absorbed into the skin, are often used to calm acne or pimples. It’s essential to apply them correctly, as overuse can cause side effects like skin peeling. Applying a regenerative cream after spot treatments can enhance the skin’s natural healing abilities.

Apply Thinnest to Thickest for Best Absorption

Expensive cosmetics don’t guarantee the best effect for you. Rather than purchasing indiscriminately, it’s better to buy ones suited to your skin, which is better to type and ensure proper absorption. With various cosmetic formulations available, it is unclear which to apply first. Start with primary care like toner and lotion, then move to liquid-type serums, gels, and creams, applying from thinnest to thickest.

Is It Okay to Layer Products with the Same Ingredient?

While cosmetics with good ingredients are beneficial, too much of a good thing can be harmful. Using multiple products with the same ingredient consecutively can exacerbate skin irritation and sensitivity. It’s advised to use products containing a single effective ingredient one at a time.

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