Skincare can seem confusing. There’s no doubt. I literally hear this in my practice every single day. And the results can be seen from many a confused Instagram shelfie. When fashion blogger Kiki Siantar Huillet messaged me asking for a breakdown of a successful skincare equation and importantly, what not to combine, I rose to the challenge!
So I’m going to let you into a little secret – it’s really all about prioritizing the right things. You don’t have to include every latest ingredient you hear about into your routine; the most important thing is to be consistent with the right ingredients for your personal concerns.
So what are the big skincare No-Nos?
Most of them involve retinoids - which is why they’re best used on their own at night (with the exception of Niacinamide, which is fine)
1. AHAs + retinoids
Too much potential for irritation - you’ll just end up a peely, red mess.
2. Salicylic acid + retinoids - The fragile retinoid molecule may be rendered inactive - disaster!
3. Vitamin C + retinoids They are formulated at different pHs so get their multitude of benefits by applying Vitamin C in the morning and your retinoid at night.
4. Benzoyl peroxide + retinoids If you have a pimple, treat it with this effective spot blaster in the morning, rather than using at the same time as your PM retinoid -the risk of irritancy and inactivation of your retinoid is high.
In my latest video I share the tips that make all the difference to my own skincare layering and cover the ingredients you should seek out in combination. What’s in your skincare sandwich right now?