5 Skin Care Ingredients That Should Always Be Paired Together

The do’s and don’ts of skin care mixing

By now you may have heard every trick in the skin care book: retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid… these ingredients are powerful A-listers that bring out the best in your skin — but how well do they play with others?

Well, it depends on which ingredients you’re talking about. Not every ingredient is pals with each other, and some may even negate the other’s benefits.

So to maximize the most out of your bottles and droppers, here are five powerful ingredient combinations to remember. Plus, ones to absolutely avoid.

Who’s on team vitamin C?

Vitamin C + ferulic acid

According to Dr. Deanne Mraz Robinson, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale New Haven Hospital, ferulic acid fights free radicals to prevent and correct skin damage, and extends the life and effectiveness of vitamin C.

The most potent forms of vitamin C are often the most unstable, such as L-AA, or L-ascorbic acid, meaning that these serums are vulnerable to light, heat, and air.

However, when we combine it with ferulic acid, it helps to stabilize vitamin C so its antioxidant potency isn’t vanishing into the air.

Vitamin C + vitamin E

Vitamin E is no slouch as a skin care ingredient itself, but when paired with vitamin C, the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University states that the combination is more “effective in preventing photodamage than either vitamin alone.”

Both work by negating free radical damage, but each combats different types of UV damageTrusted Source.

By adding vitamin C and E serums into your routine, or using products that contain both, you’re giving your skin double the antioxidant ammunition to fight damage from free radicals and more UV damage than vitamin C by itself.

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