Made For Each Other: Skincare Ingredients That Work Better In Pairs

Written by Sanya HamdaniSep 16, 2023
Made for each other: Skincare ingredients that work better in pairs

The best things in life come in pairs, winter and hot chocolate, campfire and s’mores, you and your BFF. When it comes to skincare ingredients, it turns out it is pretty much the same. Certain acids and vitamins when combined with other ingredients can work wonders for your skin.

If you are a skincare enthusiast, you’d already know about the ingredients that should never be mixed together. But we bet no one told you that a few of them can do you good. To maximise the effect of your favourite skincare ingredients, here’s how you should pair them together. 


Vitamin C + ferulic acid

AHA (Glycolic acid) + BHA (Salicylic acid)

Vitamin C is acidic in nature which is why it is sensitive to light, air and heat. Skincare experts will always recommend you use it at night to maximise its efficacy. Ferulic acid on the other hand repairs skin damage and fights free radicals that cause premature ageing. When the two are combined, ferulic acid prevents the effectiveness of vitamin C from evaporating.


Vitamin E + vitamin C

AHA (Glycolic acid) + BHA (Salicylic acid)

Vitamin E is a potent ingredient in itself, known for its nourishing, calming and anti-ageing properties. It also prevents photo damage caused by harmful UV rays of the sun. Vitamin C fights free radical damage too, but both these ingredients combat different types of UV damage. By combining the two ingredients in your skincare routine you will strengthen the antioxidant potency and protect your skin from early signs of ageing.


Antioxidant + sunscreen

AHA (Glycolic acid) + BHA (Salicylic acid)

Antioxidants are essential for the health of the skin. Your skincare products contain antioxidants in some form or the other. They repair the skin, prevent damage and stimulate collagen production, which is essential for younger looking skin. While antioxidants cannot replace sunscreen, using the two together will definitely increase the effectiveness of sunscreen.


Retinol + hyaluronic acid

AHA (Glycolic acid) + BHA (Salicylic acid)

Retinol is the most hardworking kid in the skincare ingredients classroom. It tackles pretty much every skin problem, right from acne to ageing. However, this hardworking kid can sometimes be a little tricky to use, especially in the beginning as it can make skin dry and cause a little bit of discomfort. Mixing any other ingredient with it can make things worse, but not hyaluronic acid because all it does is hydrate your skin and soothe any discomfort.


AHA (Glycolic acid) + BHA (Salicylic acid)

AHA (Glycolic acid) + BHA (Salicylic acid)

Belonging to the AHA family, glycolic acid exfoliates dead skin cells and helps in getting rid of dull skin. Salicylic acid opens clogged pores to remove oils and acne-causing bacteria. A combination of the two is an excellent recipe for anyone with acne-prone skin and blemishes.

Sanya Hamdani

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Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.


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