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How to Mix Skincare Products

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

Finding the right skincare products is half the battle. The other half is making sure that you are using your products correctly for maximum results. Mixing the wrong products could lead to skin irritations and breakouts. In this article, Toronto-based aesthetician, Naomi Mundy, breaks down how to mix skincare products for the best results.

Don't Mix

First, what not to mix.

AHAs/BHAs and retinol are both excellent products to use to treat skin issues, such as acne, pigmentation and aging concerns. However, if your skin barrier is impaired, then incorrect use of these products could lead to dryness, irritation, and redness.

However, for best results, do not use AHA/BHA and retinol on the same night. When using stronger serums, it is important to give your skin a night off and use skin-loving ingredients like green tea and hyaluronic acid to boost the skin. Using this alternating method ensures you are are not over-exfoliating the skin.

Do Mix

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps support the skin. It's like Spanx, but for the face. Plus, it's an ingredient that benefits people with all skin types. However, make sure that the serum you're using is formulated using quality ingredients and a high percentage of Vitamin C. Used as as part of your morning routine, Vitamin C will help to boost your sunscreen's effectiveness.

Why You Should Ditch Your Cleansing Brushes

Cleansing brushes are popular tools, but they can be harmful.

I know that a cleaning brush sounds like an effective facial cleansing brush, especially if it's one with rotating bristles. But these brushes are known for impairing the skin barrier, causing irritation or in some cases, acne. Despite what some companies may tell you, a rotary brush is a form of exfoliation, not to be used daily.

If you are going to use one, make sure you only use it 1-2 times per week with a gentle, non-acid, and/or non-exfoliating cleanser (either acids or exfoliating beads).

Alternatively, you can still get a deep clean by double cleansing (Make sure you are cleansing for 60 seconds). For best results, try working the products gently into your skin with your fingertips, paying particular attention to any problem areas like the nose or chin and hairline.

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