Skincare 101: What Ingredients Do and How to Pair Them

Share this:

To start off the new year right, let’s take a step back and look at what ingredients we are mixing together—and what we probably shouldn’t be mixing together. When the right ingredients are combined, your skin will be more likely to reap the benefits of a smooth, healthy-looking complexion. On the other hand, when some ingredients are mixed skin can feel dry and flaky. This week in the blog, we are going to go over the do’s and don’t of skincare combinations so you can have the skin you want to start off the new year.

Do Mix:  Niacinamide + Retinol

Renewal A flatlay on top of swatch brown 1080 1

Mixing Niacinamide and Retinol together is a dream combo that can help you achieve smoother, plumper looking skin when used together over time. While retinol works to exfoliate skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, niacinamide works to help minimize enlarged pores and add moisture back into the skin. Both retinol and niacinamide balance each other out when applied to the skin, making this the ultimate dream team skin care duo.

Our recommendations for products with retinol and niacinamide are our Renewal-A Age-Defying Retinol Night Serum and Get Hydrated Oil-Free Moisturizer. Renewal-A encourages healthy skin renewal to visibly smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a firmer-looking appearance, while Get Hydrated helps to soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of redness, making it a combination for radiant, healthy-looking skin.

Do Mix: Vitamin C + Squalene

C The Light Group on Tan

Do you want glowy, hydrated, healthy-looking skin? Look no further—vitamin c and squalene are the perfect duo to help keep skin hydrated and brighter looking. While vitamin c is working to help brighten an uneven skin tone and soothe the skin, squalene is working to help restore suppleness to the skin while adding in hydration to help prevent moisture loss. When combined, these two skindulgent ingredients will help give you the dewy-looking skin you crave when used consistently over time.

Our recommendations for products with vitamin c and squalene are our C The Light Vitamin C Serum and Beauty Sleep Overnight Cooling Treatment. C the Light helps to brighten, smooth, and even out the look of skin while Beauty Sleep helps soothe and replenish skin for firmer and softer-looking skin, making it a combination for glowy, dewy-looking skin.

Don’t Mix: Salicylic Acid + Vitamin C

AloPure Stay Pure Standing on split cream Plant Jar 1080

We love salicylic acid and vitamin C—just not together! Vitamin C is packed with antioxidants that can help reduce any dark spots on the skin and can help give a glowy-looking appearance. Salicylic acid is used to exfoliate dead skin cells in efforts to help

reveal fresh and healthy-looking skin. While it may seem like a good idea to combine these two ingredients, when mixed together they can throw off the skin’s pH level and result in dry, acne-prone skin. Instead, we suggest using a salicylic acid at night and vitamin C in the morning so you can have the benefits of both ingredients without causing any skincare problems.

Instead, try mixing Stay Pure Acne Treatment Lotion with Maximum Moisture Complex for a mix of salicylic acid and aloe vera that will help address blemishes while adding a dose of hydration to help avoid dryness.

Don’t Mix: Retinol + Salicylic Acid

Beauty Sleep on dark tray and lifestyle 1080x1080 1

If you are wanting to take your skincare routine up a notch and are wanting to try to address acne prone skin, retinol and salicylic acid are both great on their own… but not together! Both retinol and salicylic acid disrupt the skin barrier in order to unclog pores and exfoliate the skin. However, when mixed together, skin is getting double the exfoliation and can begin looking red, flaky, and possibly irritated. Take our word for it and do not try mixing these two powerhouse ingredients together for the sake of your skin!

Instead, try mixing Renewal-A Age-Defying Retinol Night Serum with Beauty Sleep Overnight Cooling Treatment for a mix of retinol and squalene that will help your skin appear firmer, smoother and softer.

To see more skindulgent ingredients to try out in the new year, head over to for all beauty and skincare.

Share this: