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The Risk Of Combining Skincare Ingredients



Mixology may be a fun way to find your signature cocktail, but combining too many different skincare ingredients is likely to produce a counter effect. Plus, if you’re not careful, product mixing can actually aggravate, rather than improve, your skin.

What’s the trick to multi-product success? Start by familiarizing yourself with the active and cosmetic ingredients in your skincare routine so you can recognize (and avoid) the most common mixology problems:

1) A lose-lose situation. Sometimes the ingredients in different products counteract each other. This means you won’t see the intended benefits of either product on your skin (for example, alpha hydroxy acids cancel the benefits of vitamin C-based products).

2) Tandem irritation strikes. In other words, your skin is fine when the products are used independently, but use them together, and hello skin irritation. This is common when combining multiple products with anti-aging benefits (think: retinol and alpha hydroxy acids).

3) Beware of product incompatibility. This is easy to test for by rubbing your face after the second product has dried. If it peels, balls, or curdles, you’re looking at products that don’t mix.

These ingredients simply don’t play nice with each other:

Retinol.* This derivative of vitamin A is a must-have when it comes to visibly improving skin texture and minimizing the appearance of pores. However, dryness, redness or irritation can result from mixing retinol with glycolic acids, alpha hydroxy acids (in many wrinkle-minimizing products), or salicylic acids (in acne treatments). It’s no surprise then, retinol and the acne-fighting ingredient benzoyl peroxide actually deactivate each other.

Citric acid. Commonly found in moisturizers, this effective ingredient is destined to be a loner. Citric acid often causes irritation if layered with other products.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and vitamin CThese acid-based ingredients actually destabilize each other, leaving the antioxidants ineffective, so choose products with one or the other—but don’t combine them or you risk redness, peeling and irritation. Also steer clear of retinol if you’re using either of these acids.

Word to the skin-wise: Get to know the ingredients that work in harmony with your skin (and with each other)—but leave the mixology to dermatologists. Stick to a collection of products clinically designed to work together, and your skin will thank you.  

Steam Is Good For Opening Pores?

Steam is Good for Opening Pores

Fact Vs Fiction: Steam is good for opening pores. This is purely Fiction! A steam bath may feel refreshing and help you relieve tension, but it won’t magically open your pores. Just like cold water won’t make pores close. The simple explanation is that pores lack muscles around their openings. And while dreaming of a hot shower might be the one thing that lures you out of bed in the winter, it’s better to go easy on your skin and opt for a quick, more tepid shower. Read the rest of this entry

Keep Your Chin Up!

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No matter where you are on your journey to a more confident, younger-looking you, it’s easy to get discouraged by daily challenges or setbacks. According to a study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, a great way to stay positive is to keep your chin up… literally. Research shows that the brain associates postures with emotions, so slumping can actually lead to discontentment while sitting up straight or walking tall amps up your attitude. It’s a proven confidence booster! Read the rest of this entry

The Skin Around The Eyes Wrinkle More

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FACT; The skin around the eyes wrinkle more. “Laugh Lines” around the eyes tend to be more distinct than, say, “Elevens” around the mouth. While this news may not prove encouraging for those bothered by crow’s feet, scientists have found evidence that helps explain why skin in certain areas of the face is prone to deeper wrinkles.

According to a July 2015 study published in Clinical Anatomy, a Japanese research team found that sebaceous (or oil) glands under the skin play a key role in creating different wrinkle depths. These microscopic glands produce sebum, an oily substance Read the rest of this entry

Which Facial Feature Shows Signs Of Aging 1st?

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Would you believe—your eyes? According to a readers’ poll­ in NEW BEAUTY magazine, more than half of people revealed they first noticed the signs of facial aging in their eye area, followed by lips/mouth, forehead and cheeks. But let’s face it, the process of aging is personal, so when and where we notice those first signs can still vary.

Aging is relative, but here’s what the progression of wrinkles typically looks like by decade:

Your 30s: Like clockwork, little “worry creases” appear between eyebrows, while parenthetical “smile lines” make their marks around the mouth. Read the rest of this entry

Dark Circles Under Your Eyes Are Genetic!

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Dark Circles Under Your Eyes Are Always Genetic!

FICTION. One of the facial features that receives a lot of attention as we age is the delicate area around our eyes. It’s also an area of skin that visibly suffers from all kinds of biological and environmental aggressors, from sleep deprivation to sun damage, and allergies to heredity. When people talk about ‘dark circles,’ they could actually be referring to a variety of skincare issues, each of which may be the result of genetics, the environment or skin changes.

As we age, skin around our eyes becomes thinner and the exposed capillaries underneath can create a bluish undertone, Read the rest of this entry

The Best Free Anti-Aging Treatment…

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Imagine if you could walk, run or swim your way to younger looking skin. New research shows you can, and all you have to do is commit to a regular workout. It turns out that cardiovascular exercise, known for overall body benefits, also has the ability to improve your skin’s dermal layers to reverse some of the visible signs of aging. So, yes, the best free anti-aging treatment is breaking a sweat!

Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, found that cardiovascular exercise causes the body to release a protein, Read the rest of this entry

Is Stress Making You Look Older?

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Is stress making you look older? Here are a few skin-friendly tips to help you fight back. It’s not just our mood that suffers; Our skin also takes a serious hit when we get stressed out.

The brain responds to anxiety by releasing various stress hormones into the bloodstream, like adrenaline (redirects blood flow and leaves skin looking washed out) and cortisol (inhibits new skin cell growth and breaks down precious collagen that keeps skin plump). Once your skin loses collagen, it appears Read the rest of this entry

We All Age At The Same Rate!


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Fiction: Turns out, we all age at different rates. A long-term human health study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences measured the aging rate in young people by studying a panel of 18 biological markers—including blood pressure, immune systems and liver function. Based on the biological markers, the researchers then set a “biological age” for each participant. Although each participant was 38 years old, their “biological age” ranged Read the rest of this entry

Showing Signs Of Aging Is Unavoidable Without Injectables Or Plastic Surgery

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Showing signs of aging is unavoidable without injectables or Plastic Surgery! Fiction: Of course, everyone ages, but the way in which your skin ages is largely up to you. While dermatologic procedures can have a big impact, they can also entail significant expense, time spent in a doctor’s office and downtime after you leave.

Fortunately, you can also get consistent, long-term results from an at-home regimen without costly appointments or going under a knife or a needle.

If you are considering a fractal laser resurfacing treatment, for instance, you might Read the rest of this entry

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