Match made in heaven: Skincare ingredients that work well together

Written by Nida SayyedFeb 10, 2022

Skincare was shunned and neglected for a long time, but now people are seeing the importance of skincare. It deals with the root cause of the issues and works hard to diminish them and enhance the health of your skin. Consumers are now becoming more and more aware of the benefits and disadvantages of components in skincare and have started making wiser decisions. If you’re a skincare fanatic, we’re diving deep into your favourite skincare heroes and what other ingredients work the best with them.

Retinol + Niacinamide

Retinol is one of the most talked-about ingredients in skincare. There are loads of skin issues that are caused by lack of vitamin A and retinol could be your solution for that. It is majorly used to treat ageing skin or acne-prone skin. The small molecules in retinol reach deep beneath the outer layer of your skin (also known as epidermis) to the dermis and stabilise free radicals. This promotes the production of collagen, elastins and makes your skin plump. And on the surface, retinol works as an exfoliator and removes dead skin. If you’ve never tried retinol before, a great pick would be the Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil. The gentle formulation is effective and leaves your skin soft and supple. This skin-soothing oil contains argan, rosehip seed and golden jojoba oils which add a fabulous glow to the skin.

A great ingredient to pair with this is niacinamide. It’s a water-soluble vitamin that is a form of vitamin B3. Niacinamide is also a key ingredient that is used in anti-acne skincare. It has anti-inflammatory properties, which provide relief when using retinol. A lot of people experience tightness, dryness and peeling when they begin their journey with retinol and niacinamide can take care of that. Besides that, topical niacinamide also helps restore stripped moisture barrier in the skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and irritation, and increase collagen. This is a fabulous combo for mature or acne-prone skin. Pair your retinol with the Simple Booster Serum - 10% Niacinamide For Even Skin Tone asap! This lightweight serum instantly gets absorbed into the skin, strengthens the skin barrier, minimises pores and reduces signs of ageing.

Vitamin C + Vitamin E

Vitamin C has easily become the most sought-after ingredient to get a glowing, even-toned and healthy complexion. It is chockful of antioxidants and anti-ageing properties. Vitamin C has many skin benefits. It brightens, hydrates, promotes collagen production, fades dark spots and evens out skin tone. A fabulous pick for vitamin C is the Lakmé 9 to 5 Vitamin C+ Facial Serum. It’s enriched with Kakadu plum extract that has 100x more vitamin C than oranges.

Vitamin E and vitamin C together will give you the skin you’ve always dreamt of. Vitamin E is recommended by experts all over the world for its nourishing qualities. It’s a spectacular ingredient to moisturise skin and hair. Apart from that, it also reverses skin damage from the sun and creates a protective layer on your skin to fend UV rays. Slather on the Pond’s Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser With Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E after applying your serum. This fan-favourite moisturiser, infused with vitamin E, takes no time to absorb and gets right to work! It also adds a cooling sensation, which is incredibly soothing upon application. Combined with vitamin C, you will get maximum sun protection with soft, smooth skin.

Hyaluronic acid + Vitamin C

The internet swears by hyaluronic acid! When done right, hyaluronic acid can do wonders for your skin. It’s a liquid, slimy substance that is naturally created by your body. The main function of HA is to hold water in your skin and provide hydration. The levels of it may deplete gradually depending on your age, environment, diet etc. To maintain your skin’s elasticity, rely on a topical hyaluronic acid like the Simple Booster Serum - 3% Hyaluronic Acid + B5 For Deep Hydration. It’s formulated with 0.5% active hyaluronic acid that reaches deep into your cells and improves your skin’s texture. Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid go very well together. Both these ingredients help each other by hydrating, repairing and replenishing the skin. Both formulas have hydrating and collagen-boosting properties. Since hyaluronic acid is a humectant, it also ensures to give your skin the most vitamin C when it’s layered on top of HA.

Top off your hyaluronic acid serum with a nourishing moisturiser like the Lakmé 9 To 5 Vitamin C+ Day Cream. This incredible day cream feels extremely lightweight, has a non-sticky texture and adds a glow to your skin. Using a nice moisturiser on top of hyaluronic acid will ensure that HA gives you the plumpest skin.

AHA/BHA + Glycerine

AHA and BHA stand for alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid, respectively. Don’t be startled by the word acid. On the contrary, this duo could be your ticket to smooth, flawless skin. These days, the market is flooded with AHA BHA peels. Neither of these acids is better than the other but together, they’re a dream team. Depending on the intensity, AHA BHA peels exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin and get rid of dead cells, and sometimes, the whole outermost layer. This lets your skin push healthier cells to the surface. Our go-to is the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliant. Infused with phytic acid (AHA) from rice bran, white tea and liquorice, this one helps balance uneven skin tone while the super-soothing blend of colloidal oatmeal and allantoin helps soothe and calm the skin. The best part? It’s gentle enough for daily use.

However, after this peel, your skin is mega sensitive to the sun. That’s when AHA BHA’s buddy glycerine comes in. It is important to apply a generous amount of moisturiser on your skin post a chemical peel. Skincare products that contain glycerine will provide ultimate nourishment to your skin after AHA/BHA peel as glycerine is considered one of the best moisturising agents in nature. Our all-time favourite is the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Brightening Day Cream is our top pick. This non-oily and non-sticky formula contains everything you need when your skin is feeling sensitive. It works on every skin type and keeps your skin feeling soft all day long!