Making “cocktails” has become all the rage, and not just when it comes to alcohol. People mix different oils and bath bombs to make bath cocktails; some mix supplements to get the right amount of nutrients. However, making skin care cocktails is one of the biggest trends at the moment. Sometimes it seems like the best way to get all of the benefits from different products, or maybe a cocktail is designed to mix ingredients that may be more effective together than separate. The only problem is, some cosmetics don’t mix very well. In this article, we’ll discuss how to safely combine skin care products so that you end up with flawless skin, not a dangerous mess.
Just because you’re making a cocktail doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to pour ingredients together and mix them. The biggest reason it’s a bad idea is because you may want to use these products separately in the future, especially if you find out that your skin doesn’t necessarily like the combination you made. The worst thing you could do would be to combine two somewhat pricey products and then realize that it turns your delicate facial skin bright red. So, instead of mixing them together, add a little of each product into a third, separate pot. Or, you can try applying the products directly onto your face in layers. Start with the lighter product (serum, for example), and then top with the heavier one (cream). This will help your skin absorb the ingredients from the lighter product, instead of letting them slide right off the denser layer.
Reasons to Mix
There aren’t many products out there that can do everything you need all in one. So, it only makes sense to combine certain products to get the effects that you want. And, dermatologists suggest that if you layer your skin care, this practice can trap active ingredients against your skin. This means that by combining skin products, each product is more effective than it would be individually. This can work for various different combinations. For example, pairing an anti-aging serum containing antioxidants with sunscreen is a good way to prevent aging. Some people mix two, three, or even more skin care products on their face every day, sometimes multiple times per day.
Combinations to Avoid
It’s most important to avoid ingredients that simply will not go on well together, like something with an oil base and something with a water base. You also should shy away from combining ingredients that will be irritating. Retinol and alpha hydroxy acids together will cause a lot of redness that can only be combatted by an anti-inflammatory. Unsurprisingly, anything containing citric acid, another potentially irritating ingredient, should not be mixed with any other products. Other unfriendly partners include benzoyl peroxide (an ingredient in acne treatments) and retinol, which will actually deactivate each other, rending the treatments useless. So, before you start combining skin care products, be sure that you take the time to do your research. If you make cocktails the right way, you can end up a product that’s more than the sum of its parts.