Foolproof Guide to Layering Skincare

If you’re like me, you may believe that more is better when it comes to skincare. Even after nearly a decade in the beauty industry, I still find myself layering serum upon serum, plus a cream, plus two different sunscreens. Yes, I have a problem.

To keep myself from pouring money down the drain and potentially harming my skin, I created this all -star ingredient guide to reference any time I am tempted to layer irresponsibly.

Beauty Products

Vitamin C

Why we love it: Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants and skin brighteners out there which is why we use it in our Infinity Brow Liner. Using Vitamin C in the morning will neutralize free-radicals and prevent environmental damage while encouraging cell turnover to brighten and smooth skin.

Best time of day to use it: Morning

Ingredients to avoid combining with:

  • Salicylic Acid
  • Glycolic Acid

Both salicylic and glycolic acids alter the pH of the skin and products you mix them with. Even the most stable form of Vitamin C which is L-Ascorbic Acid breaks down very easily, so it’s important to let this star antioxidant and skin brightener shine on it’s own.

Works well with:

  • Peptides
  • Glutathione
  • Copper
  • Hyaluronic Acid or it’s sister ingredient, Sodium Hyaluronate

Hyaluronic Acid is one of the best hydrating ingredients because it holds 1000 times it’s weight in water meaning you get a ton of hydration without making your skin produce more oil. We use it in both our Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner and Infinity Brow Liner because it helps to keep your skin looking younger, longer! Glutathione is a battery charger to your cells and helps to enhance any other antioxidant you are using.

Glycolic Acid

Why we love it: Glycolic acid is a triple threat: it smoothes and brightens skin while treating clogged pores.

Best time of day to use it: Evening

Ingredients to avoid combining with:

  • Retinol or any form of retinoids

On their own, Glycolic Acid and Retinol are powerful exfoliators. When combined, you run the risk of over-exfoliating your skin which can cause irritation, redness, and sun sensitivity.

Works well with:

  • Green Tea
  • Resveratrol
  • Hyaluronic Acid or it’s sister ingredient, Sodium Hyaluronate

Green Tea and Resveratrol are super-stable antioxidants. When combined with the exfoliating benefits of Glycolic Acid, you benefit from free-radical protection and a brighter and more even-looking complexion. Hyaluronic Acid, the holy grail of hydration helps to seal in the benefits of Glycolic Acid and keep your skin from drying out.  

Salicylic Acid

Why we love it: Another triple threat, salicylic which is famous for treating acne also helps to brighten skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots along with fine lines.

Best time of day to use it: Evening, but if using twice daily, make sure to pair it with your favorite sunscreen.

Ingredient to avoid combining with:

  • Retinol

Retinol helps to regulate oil production and smooth skin, but can be unstable. Combining Retinol with Salicylic Acid can cause redness and irritation. If your skincare routine calls for both Salicylic Acid and Retinol, opt for Salicylic in the morning and Retinol in the evening.

Works well with:

  • Licorice Root
  • Bearberry
  • Soy

As natural, botanical brighteners, Licorice Root, Bearberry and Soy enhance the brightening benefits of Salicylic Acid.

Let us know how you layer your skincare products in the comments below!

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