As far as your skin is concerned, I’m pretty certain that you’ve most likely got what’s called, “combo skin.” You’re probably wondering, what the heck is combo skin? Well, it’s not actually in reference to the skin type but more so the products that you use daily. Most men and women use a crazy combination of products to fix their skin issues. It’s a never ending battle that most just can’t seem to win.
Many people deal with aging spots, breakouts, wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, saggy neck, and lip deflation all at the same time. The result is nothing sort of using dozens of products to help fix every skin issue that you’re having to deal with. The problem here is that many people are piling product on top of product and the layering may be just the thing that’s destroying their skin. It could, in fact, be a complete disaster.
I’m going to do my best to help you save your skin. The only way to do that is to know which product combinations are good for your skin and which are bad.
Ultimate Bad Skin Care Combinations To Avoid
I’ll try and keep this as direct as possible, but sometimes I get a bit in the weeds when it comes to discussing products. That’s because I can’t stand it when people irresponsibly use products thinking they’re “doing a solid” for themselves when all they are doing is further damaging their skin. Here’s what you need to know…
Avoid Retinol When Waxing
We all know that retinol can be amazing for your skin. It’s an anti aging staple that exists today. This form of vitamin A basically assists with skin cell turnover, helping you create new cells and improving collagen production. However, there is some bad that comes along with the good. When the retinol starts to increase cell turnover, your skin becomes extra delicate which can make it tear easily.
In the event that you’re waxing your face, it can wreak havoc on your skin! Combining retinol use and facial waxing is a terrible combination. This will literally burn your skin and perhaps even cause scabs to form if you’re not careful. Assuming you’re planning on doing both waxing and using retinol, be sure to wait a week before you get waxed and discontinue retinol use.
Hyaluronic Acid When Using Face Oil
Many people don’t realize that hyaluronic acid is actually made in your body naturally. It helps keep your skin well hydrated, plump, and even fights off all the ugly wrinkles that you have nightmares about. Many products contain this ingredient and it works quite well, but one thing you need to understand is that using this and applying it over oil is a really bad move.
Since hyaluronic acid is water-based, it makes it very difficult to penetrate oil. In fact, it’s almost impossible. When the ingredient is unable to reach your skin, guess what happens? It doesn’t work as it should! Basically, what ends up happening is it sits on top of your skin with zero effect. If you’re going to incorporate any water-based products containing hyaluronic acid, then be sure to apply it first before using and facial oils.
Benzoyl Peroxide and Retinol Don’t Mix
I know what you’re thinking, you want to fight off both the acne and wrinkles with a quick blast of benzoyl peroxide and retinol. Sure, it sounds like a fantastic idea but I’m telling you it’s the worst idea possible. The issue is with what both products do. Both benzoyl peroxide and retinol promote skin cell turnover which can make your face peel like crazy. This is really a bad combination since one is already doing what the other claims to do as well. The overstimulation to your skin just doesn’t help. In fact, it can lead to many more problems such as dryness, blisters, scarring, excessive peeling and so much more.
If you’re planning on using both of these products, then it’s best to incorporate them at different times of the day. Use one in the morning and one in the evening.
Toner When Using Retinol
Yes, I’m still on the retinol and I’m sorry for those that love it but you’ve got to get the scoop on this stuff. If you’re using retinol, it’s best to stay away from the skin toners. Most people that use them may not know that they’re basically just used to help balance your skin after cleaning it. The balancing is, of course, great for your skin, but most cleansers today are quite balanced.
The ingredients within the toners these days often contain things like salicylic acid and other acne treating ingredients. The problem here is that using this injunction with retinol can really damage your skin. Basically, what you’re doing is creating a very harsh environment for your skin and as a result, it’s bound to flare up. Your best bet is to skip using toners completely.
Chemical Peels When Using Retinol Products
If you’re a fan of chemical peeling, then you know how great they are for helping reduce your wrinkles. Actually, to be completely fair, both of these products are wonderful for that one reason. The issue is that when you’re using a combo of retinol and chemical peels it just might be too much to handle. Using retinol makes your skin barrier easier to penetrate. This means that most ingredients are able to break through your skin barrier very simply. Now, as you know, chemical peels are professional treatments that can do just the same at a more professional level. This combo can lead to terrible crusting, redness, blistering, and you can even develop an infection as a result. It’s basically a recipe for disaster. Don’t even think about trying this combination!
Talk To Your Dermatologist
What I’ve always suggested since day one and the same applies here is that you speak with a dermatologist to determine what skin care product combinations are safest for your specific skin. Sure, I’m giving you a head start but you’ve got to take further action if you want to be successful and look younger without completely damaging your skin.