In the world of skincare, the possibilities can seem endless. With an array of products promising radiant, youthful skin, it's easy to get overwhelmed, especially when it comes to mixing ingredients. Among the powerhouse ingredients are niacinamide, vitamin C, collagen, and lactic acid. Each brings its own set of benefits but mixing them requires some careful consideration to ensure they work well together and deliver optimal results. Let’s dive into the rules of mixing these skincare superheroes using our 5-step guide below:

Rule 1: Understand Each Ingredients Benefits

Before diving into mixing, it's crucial to understand what each ingredient brings to the table:

Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide helps improve skin texture, minimise pores, and reduce inflammation. It's also commonly used to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots, whilst brightening overall skin tone. It's suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Vitamin C: A potent antioxidant, vitamin C brightens the skin, evens out skin tone, and boosts collagen production. It also helps protect the skin from environmental damage and UV rays.

Collagen: This protein is essential for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness. Adding collagen to your skincare routine can help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lactic Acid: A naturally occurring AHA that speeds up cell turnover, as well stimulating cell renewal to improve skin texture and fade hyperpigmentation.

Hyaluronic Acid: A moisture-binding humectant that plumps out fine lines and revitalises skin’s outer surface layers, so they look softer, smoother and hydrated.

Rule 2: Know Which Ingredients Can Be Combined

Not all skincare ingredients work well together. Some combinations can cause irritation or neutralise each other's benefits. Here's a quick guide to which ingredients can be safely combined:

Niacinamide and Vitamin C: Contrary to popular belief, niacinamide and vitamin C can be used together. Our Pure Glow range, contains a stable, gentle form of Vitamin C blended with Niacinamide to brighten the skin and tackle unwanted pigmentation. Our cult Advanced Brightening range is also a must-have for those looking to dial up their radiance and address persistent pigmentation.

Peptides and Lactic Acid: Peptides pair well with other active ingredients, so you can team them with vitamin C, niacinamide, and lactic acid. Our Collagen Boost range blends plant-based peptides with lactic acid to brighten skin tone and address pigmentation, whilst stimulating collagen production to plump and firm the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide: When used together, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide can simultaneously treat multiple skin concerns. If you’re looking to address pigmentation and fine lines, our best-selling Anti-Wrinkle range combines both ingredients to brighten the complexion and blur the signs of ageing

Rule 3: Consider the Formulations

When mixing skincare ingredients, it's essential to pay attention to the formulations of the products you're using. Some formulations may be incompatible or destabilise certain ingredients. Look for products with stable formulations and pH levels that are compatible with each other.

Rule 4: Start Slow and Patch Test

Introducing new ingredients or combinations into your skincare routine should always be done gradually. Start by incorporating one new ingredient at a time and observe how your skin reacts. If you're mixing multiple ingredients, consider doing a patch test to ensure they don't cause irritation or adverse reactions.

Rule 5: Listen to Your Skin

Ultimately, your skin knows best. Pay attention to how it reacts to different combinations of ingredients. If you notice any irritation, redness, or sensitivity, scale back or discontinue use of the products causing the reaction. Everyone's skin is unique, so what works for others may not necessarily work for you. 

Mixing these key ingredients can be a game-changer for your skincare routine. By understanding each ingredients benefits, knowing which combinations are safe, considering formulations, starting slow, and listening to your skin, you can create a customised regime that addresses your specific skincare concerns. Remember, consistency is key, so stick to your routine and be patient—the results will be worth it.

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