As you are prepping for parties and events, you may want to try out some new beauty tricks. To keep you on the right track while you are experimenting, I’m sharing three skin care mistakes than can lead to major beauty blunders! Spare yourself from a skin dilemma and check out the tips below.
Beauty Blunder #1: Don’t Combine Benzoyl Peroxide with Retinol
Too much of a good thing does exist and its called mixing benzoyl peroxide and retinol. Benzoyl peroxide, a common ingredient in acne products, can be very drying because it exfoliates the skin. Retinol is also great for treating acne. When you combine them, you can create rough, scaly, aggravated skin. I love both ingredients, so just use benzoyl peroxide in the morning and retinol at night. If the benzoyl peroxide is a too drying for you, try switching to salicylic acid or a natural ingredient like witch hazel.
Beauty Blunder #2: Don’t Combine Retinol with Sunscreen
This is a two-strike beauty blunder. We’re talking retinol again, which is a naturally occurring form of vitamin A. When sunlight hits retinol, it renders it ineffective. The chemical process also breaks down the SPF in sunscreen. So, not only do you miss out on the value of the retinol, you also don’t get the protection of the SPF. If you want to use both, apply the retinol at night and sunscreen during the day for full protection.
Beauty Blunder #3: Don’t Combine Vitamin C with high levels of Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are fruit acids and milk sugars, so they’re very high in acidity. Vitamin C also comes from fruit, so it is high in active acids as well. When combining these two, you get a little too much acid. The high levels of acid can make your skin irritated, red, and dry. Instead, use your vitamin C during the day and AHAs at night. Vitamin C is also wonderful under sunscreen to boost protection from UVA rays, plus it firms the skin!
I hope you’ll use these tips to welcome a bright, healthy outlook!