Mixing Skincare Ingredients the RIGHT Way

Skincare can be so difficult to navigate.

Whether you're new to skincare or have been at it for a while but aren't seeing the results you want, this guide will help you understand what products to use and which products go well together. During my time as a beauty consultant, I've learned all the do's and don't's of skincare, and unfortunately there are quite a few "don't's" that can really hurt your skin. However, the good news is that I'm here to share with you some skincare secrets that very few people know about. I've also done extensive research as to which products are highly loved and recommended by others so that you don't have to! All you need to do is read below to see which product combinations will work best for your skin type, and then make sure you use the right skincare ingredients specific to your needs.

Disclaimer: I am in no way a dermatologist or a doctor. I have gone to extensive skincare classes and am a advocate for good skincare, however, you should always consult with your doctor before starting a new skincare regime.

Why is the right product combination so important? If we start using any old products together, we can actually really damage our skin. That's why I made this guide. I've been there. I've used all the top rated (and very expensive) serums, and oils, and moisturizers, but yet my skin just kept breaking out, my eyes were puffy and I felt like I was doomed to a face like that forever. Meanwhile, it was just my lack of understanding that certain ingredients should NEVER touch other ingredients. Not only was I hurting my face, but I was wasting money on more and more products because I just couldn't understand what I was doing wrong. And let me tell you... more is not always better.

And as you will see, the products I recommend are very affordable. You don't need to pay $200 on a moisturizer. You just need to find the right ingredients that will work together with your skin and not against it.

So without further ado, let's begin!

Skip ahead to:

- Fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, & acne

- Skin brightening & free radicals

- Improving skin texture & evening out skin tones

- Acne

- Skin Brightening

- Keeping skin young & healthy

For lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and acne:

Retinol is your best friend! This is one of the most popular skincare ingredients out there, and with good reason. Retinol (aka, vitamin A) is great for skin cell turnover. And the quicker your skin cell turnover, the faster you will see results; which will be smoother, healthier skin.

Word of caution: Retinol can be very drying. It is a very powerful anti-aging ingredient and should be used with caution when first starting out in order to prevent irritation.

Best products to mix with Retinol:

- Hyaluronic Acid

(This will help moisturize your face by holding water molecules to the surface of your skin.)

- Ceramides

(This will also help balance out any dryness that retinol's may create)


(This is important for every skincare routine and should be put on every single day of the year, even in the winter! SPF will prevent skin cancer, new wrinkles from forming, and dark spots that are produced by the sun. It is especially needed when using retinol products because retinol makes our faces extra sensitive to the sun)

Never Mix Retinol with:

- Vitamin C

(If you really want to use a Vitamin C skin product, you must use them at opposite times of the day. Vitamin C protects your skin from environmental aggressors, while retinol repairs and rebuilds. These two items will have a hard time working together if applied at the same time.)

- Benzoyl Peroxide

(Pairing this with retinol will just be a waste of money as these two ingredients cancel each other out. If applied together, you won't receive benefits from either.)

- AHA/BHA Acids

(These acids are too exfoliating and will only dry out your skin further. Contrary to popular belief, you do not want to dry out your skin even with an acne prone face. The drier your skin, the more your body will work at producing acne forming oils to fight off that dryness)

My favorite trio when it comes to wrinkles, dark spots and acne:

CeraVe Anti Aging Retinol Serum, $14.99

Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Face, $11.99

CETAPHIL Intensive Healing Lotion with Ceramides, $16.97

And of course... you don't want to forget about the SPF!

La Prairie Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil SPF 50 Women's Sunscreen

For skin brightening & fighting free radicals:

Vitamin C is a great product for fighting against free radicals. Because it is working at preventing damage, it should be used in the morning. The great thing about vitamin C is that while it's fighting free radicals, it will also be brightening your skin and may even help with lightening dark spots.

Best products to mix with vitamin C:

- Antioxidants

(Other antioxidants like vitamin E works very well with vitamin C. Vitamin E can help boost the effects of vitamin C)


(Vitamin C must be worn under an SPF. The SPF will help protect the skin against UV damage and will also help boost the effects of vitamin C.)

Never mix Vitamin C with:

- Retinol

(As mentioned above, these two ingredients clash with each other. If you would like to use a retinol, you should use retinol at night and vitamin C in the morning. Retinol is used for repairing which is best applied at night so that it can work while your body rests. Vitamin C works at preventing damage, so this should be used during the day when you're in contact with free radicals and other damaging agents.)

My favorite duo when it comes to fighting off free radicals:

Tree of Life Glow Vitamin C Serum for Face Brightening, $11.95

Night Repair Antioxidant Skin Detox, $19.97

And again... you don't want to forget about the SPF!

La Prairie Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil SPF 50 Women's Sunscreen

For improving skin texture & evening out skin tones:

AHA/BHA (aka: salicylic acid,