Better Together: Skin Care Ingredient Combinations To Try Now
For Anti-Aging: Retinol and Vitamin C
“Vitamin C tends to be finicky,” Engelman says, explaining that formulas where the vitamin C is still active by the time it’s used on the skin require an acidic pH base. But even if vitamin C doesn’t play well with too many others, it does play well with one—and lucky for you, it’s another anti-aging power player. “The good news is, retinol works in an acidic environment, so cocktailing these two ingredients together does make sense,” she says. “Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals, a process that helps protect retinol from oxidization—thereby increasing its anti-aging benefits!”
For Acne-Prone Skin: Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide
Dealing with blemishes is enough to drive you to drink. But, instead of reaching for the bottle, consider a cocktail of a different variety. Using two individual products—with two common acne-fighting ingredients—one with salicylic acid and one with benzoyl peroxide, can be beneficial for breakouts. “For people with an acne condition, combining antibacterial benzoyl peroxide and exfoliating salicylic acid can help,” Engelman says.
For Dry Skin: Salicylic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid
Dry skin? We have the perfect pair for you: salicylic and hyaluronic acids. “This combination is beneficial for people with dry skin,” Engelman explains. “Salicylic acid helps promote natural exfoliation and hyaluronic acid helps restore hydration.”