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Macaroni and cheese, gin and tonic, Ross and Rachel, some things are just better together.
When it comes to skincare ingredients, not all are BFFs with each other. In fact, some may counteract the effectiveness of their counterpart! That’s why it’s important to know whether some products are total soulmates or best left to work their magic independently.
Today, we’re exploring some of the all-time skincare soulmates and why products that work well together, stay together.
Vitamin C + Vitamin E
Both Vitamin C and Vitamin E are antioxidants that deliver very different functions.
Vitamin C is known for its ability to stimulate collagen production, reduce the appearance of fine lines and protect against free radical damage where Vitamin E pairs its free radical fighting with deeply soothing, hydrating and calming vibes.
When these two antioxidant heroes join forces, you’re providing your skin double the ammunition against the likes of oxidative stress and free radical damage than just one of them on their own. They act like a fuel source for each other to offer incredible skin preservation that keeps your skin looking bright, radiant and healthy.
Antioxidants + SPF
Antioxidants shouldn’t be used in replacement of SPF, but boy can they take your daily sunscreen to the next level! Pairing your broad-spectrum sun protection (that’s protecting against both UVA and UVB rays) with antioxidant-rich skincare makes for an incredible morning routine.
Antioxidants work to neutralise free radicals that damage our skin long-term. When paired with SPF, they act as a second line of defence against damaging UV rays whilst offering an array of skin brightening and correcting benefits. It’s a total win-win!
Vitamin B + Vitamin C
There’s a lot of misconception about combining Vitamin B and Vitamin C. For years, it was noted that applying them together would counteract their effectiveness and disrupt their stability but thankfully, research has prevailed and the two work not only harmoniously together but can lead to an abundance of skin benefits.
On its own, Vitamin B, is an incredible skin-restoring ingredient that works to improve the appearance of enlarged pores, the signs of ageing, brighten dull skin and nurture compromised complexions such as those with acne or sensitivities. Vitamin C, as we know, is a potent superstar that is most well-known for its skin brightening and ultra-protective benefits.
The magic happens when these two are combined because it is quite frankly, a one-way ticket to Glow Town. The skin’s texture can be dramatically improved when combining these two ingredients, resulting in a smoother, brighter and noticeably younger looking complexion.
BHA + Jojoba Oil
BHA’s, or Beta Hydroxy Acids, are a form of chemical exfoliant that has a lightweight molecular structure. This means it can travel beyond the skin’s surface and disrupt the ‘glue’ holding pore-clogging skin cells together.
The most common BHA is Salicylic Acid which naturally occurs in Willow Bark. This form of exfoliant is a must for those with blemish-prone skin as firstly, there’s no irritating scrubbing involved and secondly, it works at the source of congestion rather than on the surface.
Like any form of chemical exfoliant, it’s important to support the skin with hydration afterwards which is where Jojoba Oil comes in. This form of liquid gold has very similar properties to our skin’s own oils which means it essentially tricks the skin into thinking its sebum and travels deeper to heal, soothe and balance. As a result of this similar structure, it can help to balance oil production in the skin and welcome fewer breakouts and less congestion in the long run.
When used in conjunction with Salicylic Acid, Jojoba Oil can work as a transport agent, helping drive them down into the deeper layers of skin where long-term change can occur. Talk about dream team!