Celeste Hilling, Beauty Expert and CEO of Skin Authority, was recently invited to join the the Daytime Emmy Award winning show The Doctors to reveal three top Beauty Blunders! Click here to watch The Doctors on air segment with Celeste.
Celeste asks the question: “Are you diligently using skin care products, but still not seeing results?” It’s possible that you’re using the products incorrectly. Let’s go through a few do’s and don’ts of combining skin care products.
Beauty Blunder #1: Don’t combine Retinol with Sunscreen
This is a two-strike beauty blunder. Retinol is a naturally occurring form of Vitamin A that is used as an ingredient in a lot of anti-aging and acne products. When sunlight hits Retinol, it renders it ineffective. That whole chemical process also breaks down the SPF in sunscreen. So you not only don’t get the value of the Retinol, but you don’t get the protection of the SPF. So if you want to use the two, use the retinol at night and sunscreen during the day, so you get full protection.
Beauty Blunder #2: Don’t combine Vitamin C with high levels of Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are fruit acids and milk sugars, so they’re very high in acidity. Vitamin C also comes from fruit so it is high in active acids as well. Sometimes when combining these two together, you get a little too much of a good thing. Those high levels of acid can make your skin irritated, red, and really dry. So what you want to do is use your Vitamin C during the day and your AHAs at night. Vitamin C has a couple additional benefits when you use it during the day: using it under sunscreen boosts protection from UVA rays, and it’s also firming since it is necessary to allow collagen to reproduce.
Beauty Blunder #3: Don’t combine Benzoyl Peroxide with Retinol
Again, too much of a good thing. Benzoyl Peroxide, a common ingredient in acne products, can be very drying because it’s all about exfoliating the skin. Retinol has the same purpose, so when you combine them, many times what you can get is really rough, scaly, but more importantly, aggravated skin. So, again, Benzoyl Peroxide in the morning, and Retinol at night. If the Benzoyl Peroxide is a little too drying for you, you should try switching to Salicylic Acid or a natural home ingredient like Witch Hazel to help in the same way.
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