In a world where we try to “hack” life, it is no surprise that a new trend in the beauty community is rising to create unique blends of skincare ingredients. These are known as skincare hacks or cocktailing, and, much like it sounds, you mix two or more premium skincare ingredients to yield a concoction that can address multiple skin concerns in one fell swoop. While the possibilities are endless, reviewing the dos and don’ts of mixing skincare ingredients is still highly advised. To help you get started, we’ve outlined a few of our favorite combinations. Read on for our top skincare tips!

Niacinamide + Retinol

Retinol is revered for its anti-aging capabilities but can cause frustrating skin irritation. However, many women push through the (sometimes literal) pain and continue using it because it helps improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture [1]. Though it is available in a wide variety of over-the-counter products, such as retinol moisturizers or night serums at varying concentrations, pairing it with niacinamide can help mitigate most unpleasant side effects as it is a soothing ingredient.

Hydration + Spot Treatments

If you have acne-prone skin, you have probably tried a spot treatment at some point. While they can help even out your skin tone and banish pimples as soon as they arise, they can also irritate, depending on your skin type. Using an acne spot treatment can seemingly immediately impact the appearance of your blemishes. These products are designed using robust acne-fighting ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or sulfur to dry out pores, leaving them clear of debris and dead skin cells. Unfortunately, this can leave you with an unsightly, although small, patch of dry skin where the product was applied. However, using an oil-free moisturizer before spot treatment can help boost the surrounding skin’s hydration. Your pimples are eradicated, but your healthy skin is not.

Antioxidants + SPF

Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, or a combination of the two, everyone should rely on sunscreen to maintain their natural health and glow. Wearing sunscreen, more formally known as sun protectant factor (SPF), is a crucial step in a daily skincare regimen, rain or shine, regardless of where you are. It helps protect your skin from the sun’s damaging and harmful UV rays, which can result in inflammation, discoloration, and signs of premature aging. But you can increase sun protection by adding antioxidant ingredients to your skincare routine. Skin care products that use ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, or even green tea can help neutralize the effects of harmful free radicals that your skin is exposed to daily through pollution, cigarette smoke, and – you guessed it – the sun!

Peptides + Silicones

One of our favorite skincare tips is combining peptides and silicones. Skin-softening and firming peptides, like those found in our Kx Active Concentrates Bio-Mimicking Peptides Serum, help to soften and minimize the appearance of lines for flawless skin. Layer on a silicone-based primer for a blurring effect, and your skin will look smoother than ever with no wrinkles. This duo also helps moisturize and provides a satin-like, dewy finish.

Ceramides + Omegas

The skin has a natural barrier that helps retain moisture while protecting the deeper, more delicate layers from various environmental stressors [2]. Ceramides are the lipids that naturally form this barrier, but when they are imbalanced, this protective barrier becomes compromised and ineffective, resulting in dryness, itching, and inflammation. Unfortunately, ceramides begin to diminish as we age and can further decrease when the skin is exposed to hot water, soaps, certain chemicals, and other environmental factors. However, topical ceramide products can help enhance the skin’s protective barrier and prevent further damage. Similarly, omegas aid in the wall’s defense and supports skin function like absorption.

While these skin care tips seem simple, beauty hacks for skin are pretty complex and require in-depth knowledge of ingredients to be done safely. In reality, many skincare ingredients do not react well when mixed and could cause further damage to your skin rather than help correct your skin issues. Please learn more about the benefits of combining skincare ingredients and how to do it safely.

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