These days there are a wide variety of skincare products out there for every problem. Nonetheless, do you ever wonder if you are applying your skincare products the right way? Products are more than just a pretty packaging, therefore,  you have to be sure you are applying them correctly.

Are you confused about whether you can mix certain ingredients at the same time?  It can be really confusing to know how to properly use skincare products, and when is the best time to apply them. As always, before you use any active ingredients, be sure to consult your dermatologist or an esthetician for proper information on how to use them.

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Certain ingredients can cancel out the efficacy of product

With so many active ingredients available in the market today, it can be confusing to know the proper application to administer these treatments. It is beneficial to note that certain ingredients can cancel out the efficacy of product, and thus, leave your skin irritated and dehydrated. If there is one thing I want you to take from this article, it is that there are certain ingredients that just don’t mix well together.

In this article I will list which ingredients that I recommend you to alternate use of. This will not only save you money in the long run (by using the ingredients properly), but most of all save your skin! states, “The way you apply your skincare products is just as important as the ingredients in them.” This statement couldn’t be further from the truth.

Not only is it crucial for you to apply your products from thinnest consistency to the thickest, but allowing time in between treatments will ensure maximum efficacy of absorption of the product to your skin.

Don’t use too many skincare actives at once suggests, “You can alternate products by using one type in the morning and the other during your nighttime routine. These are both exfoliators, so using both can cause dryness and irritation.” You can read more about this HERE. 

-Ingredients I prefer to use at night: 

-Retinol, retinoids, benzoyl Peroxide gel or cream, and glycolic acid.

-Ingredients I prefer to use during the day:

-Vitamin C or SPF



-Salicylic Acid

-Hyaluronic Acid

-Retinol and salicylic Acid both work to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin and are gentle to the skin. However, using both at the same time can cause excessive peeling and irritate the skin. “Experts recommend that when you first start using salicylic acid in your skincare regimen, you should use it every other day to see how your skin responds.” 

I recommend using retinol or retinoids at night only. Since some actives make the skin extra sensitive, it is highly recommended to use the specific actives I mentioned above at night. You MUST apply sunscreen everyday even if you only apply your treatments at night. “Using broad-spectrum sunscreen daily will protect your skin from premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and skin cancer” ( 

Here is a handy chart I made for you to pin and save for your information on skincare ingredients you should never mix and use at the same time:

Skincare ingredients and actives you should NEVER mix.

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Skincare ingredients you should never mix


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