More Than A Trend: A Beginner Guide to Serum Cocktailing

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Vacation and the beach. SPF and your skin. Aloette cosmetics and your bathroom counter. In life, there are some things that are just so much better together.

If there is any product in your skincare routine that is begging to be coupled up, it’s your face serum products. No doubt these highly concentrated skin care products know how to stand alone, though when mixed together, they truly pack a punch. Known as serum cocktailing, this skin care secret has been popular amongst skin care professionals for years, but it has finally made it way home as a simple trick that helps streamline and personalize your skincare routine.

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What Is Serum Cocktailing?

A serum cocktail is just what it sounds like—the practice of mixing two or more serum products to help streamline your skincare routine and boost benefits. Not only does serum cocktailing allow you to personalize your skincare, but it also helps you can cut down on application time. Mix and match different face serum products to help address uneven skin tone, fine lines and blemish-prone skin—all in one quick application.

What Are the Benefits?

Boost Product Absorption: Imagine your skin being like a sponge. When you stack a serum on top of another serum, your skin can have a hard time absorbing all those key ingredients. Combining serums into the palm of your hand allows ingredients like Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid or Retinol to absorb evenly, without all that competition.

Streamline Skincare Routine: While some live for their skincare routine, others find it a little… redundant. If you fall into the latter category, then serum cocktailing is about to be your new BFF. Take four applications down to one and streamline your skincare routine for a less time spent in the mirror and more time spent doing whatever else.

Smooth Application: Different products tend to have different textures depending on their unique skin care formula. A thicker serum can be difficult to spread onto the face over another thick serum, which often leads people to using more product than needed. *Enter serum cocktailing* By combining a heavier serum with a serum that has a more watery texture, you can easily spread the skin care product across the skin with minimal waste.

What Are the Best Ingredient Cocktails?

Retinol + Hyaluronic Acid: Vitamin A (Retinol) is a popular age-defying go-to product when it comes to helping improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. And while it does promote healthier-looking skin, it can also be extremely drying to the complexion. Combining Retinol with a Hyaluronic Acid is a great way to help reduce flakey and dry skin, as it helps restore moisture back into the complexion and lock in hydration.

Try: Ageless Science System

Vitamin C + Probiotics: Vitamin C and Probiotics are both must-have ingredients when it comes to skin health. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant, which means it helps protect the skin from age-accelerating environmental stressors, like pollution and blue light. On the other hand, probiotics help maintain a healthy skin barrier which acts like a “shield” for the same environmental stressors.

Try:  C the Light Vitamin C Serum and Beauty Biome Microbiome Complex Serum

Salicylic Acid + Niacinamide: Blemish who? Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide are both praised for their skin-loving properties, especially when it comes to acne-prone skin. Niacinamide is great for oily and combination skin types as it helps control oil production while Salicylic Acid helps gently exfoliate pore-clogging impurities.

Try: Stay Pure Acne Treatment Lotion and your favorite Niacinamide serum


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