Skincare Actives Combinations you should and shouldn't use

Skincare

How to use skincare actives the right way?

We all have heard that Vitamin C is a blessing for glowing and retinol for anti-ageing, but we are not well aware of the right way of ingredients cocktail. Certain ingredients, when combined, can create havoc on our skin. So here is the FCL Skincare guide on skincare active ingredients cocktail, which ingredients should not be layered together, and which ingredient should be used on which type of skin issues.

Skincare concerns and best ingredients to treat the issue

Here is a list of some skincare concerns we all face and ingredients that can be used to address or treat the issue.

Skincare ingredients for Dehydrated Skin

Look for products with the following ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Phospholipids
  • Linoleic acid
  • Glycerin
  • Ceramides
  • Jojoba oil
  • Humectants
  • PHAs
  • AHAs

Skincare ingredients for Fine lines and wrinkles

Look for products with the following ingredients:
  • Retinol
  • Vitamin C
  • Glutathione
  • Ceramides
  • Peptides
  • SPF
  • AHAs
  • BHAs
  • PHAs

Skincare ingredients for Oily, combination and acne-prone skin

Look for products with the following ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Niacinamide
  • SPF
  • Exfoliating acids such as Glycolic acid, Salicylic acid, Lactic acid, and Mandelic acid

Skincare ingredients for Dry skin

Look for products with the following ingredients:

  • Rosehip oil
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Ceramides
  • SPF
  • Glycerin
  • PHAs

Skincare ingredients for Hyperpigmentation

Look for products with the following ingredients:

  • Retinol
  • Vitamin C
  • Kojic acid
  • Alpha Arbutin
  • Niacinamide
  • Mandelic acid
  • Tranexamic acid
  • SPF

Skincare ingredients for Dullness

Look for products with the following ingredients:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Niacinamide
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Caffeine
  • Green tea extract
  • Exfoliating acids (lactic, glycolic, and salicylic)

Skincare ingredients for Sensitivity and redness
Look for products with the following ingredients:

  • Centella asiatica
  • Prebiotics
  • Aloe vera
  • PHAs
  • Ceramides
  • Azelaic acid
  • Niacinamide

Combinations not to use

Do not combine these ingredients.

It is always recommended not to layer two strong active ingredients together because this can lead to irritation.

  • Never combine retinol with AHAs or BHAs.
  • Never use Benzoyl Peroxide with other actives in moisturizers and serums.

How to combine two active ingredients?

Always remember to use soothing ingredients with actives that sensitize the skin. For example, use retinol with calming face oil. It will lessen the dryness and irritation caused by retinol.

Two products with same ingredient should also be avoided as it has the potential risk of overuse, causing sensitization and compromising the skin barrier.

Use of hyaluronic acid or other calming ingredients is also recommended when using retinol. This way, you can avoid any dryness or irritation.

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