Sometimes the best things come in pairs. When it comes to your skincare routine, there are a few tricks to getting even better results. Here are a few of our favorite pairings that really deliver.
Eliminate Dry Skin: Hyaluronic Acid + Facial Oil
Is your skin dry or dehydrated? Dryness and dehydration manifest slightly differently in your skin’s appearance, and require different treatments. Dehydrated skin is the result of a lack of water within the cells, causing skin to appear dull, and accentuating fine lines. On the other hand, dry skin results when your natural moisture barrier - a protective shield made up of oils that protect skin from irritants and bacteria, and seal in moisture - is weakened. Dry skin can appear flaky, irritated or red. To give your skin a bid boost, treat both issues: apply a lightweight hyaluronic acid gel to draw water into the skin and plump up dehydrated cells, then layer on a rich facial oil with omega fatty acids to fortify the moisture barrier and seal moisture in.
PAIR: Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm for hyaluronic acid + Odacite Po + R Hydration Serum for a rich, moisture-locking oil
Brighten And Treat Sun Damage: Vitamin C + Niacinamide
UV exposure causes multiple signs of photodamage to skin, accelerating the breakdown of collagen and elastin and leading to loss of firmness and lager looking pores, dullness and hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin texture. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin and neutralize the effect of UV exposure and micro-pollutants, while Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) has a soothing and corrective effect. Together you’ll get an extra dose of brightening, a reduction in hyperpigmentation, and increased smoothness.
PAIR: Sansceuticals Cellular Repair Moisturizer for niacinamide + Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Serum for a corrective dose of Vitamin C
Fight Breakouts: AHA + BHA
Pimples can be caused by clogged pores (which usually result from blocked hair follicles, a build-up of dead skin cells or hardened oil within the pore) or bacteria. Alpha-hydroxy acids like glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid or citric acid work on the surface layer of skin to break down blockages and help prevent clogged pores. Beta-hydroxy acid like salicylic acid, penetrates to deeper layers of skin and treats acne-causing bacteria. Paired together you treat both causes and keep skin looking smoother and more even.
PAIR: Indie Lee Gentle Daily Peel (for AHA + BHA in one)
Calm Sensitivity And Flare Ups: Antioxidants + Omega Fatty Acids
Jane Scrivner Over Oil Cream with Colloidal Oatmeal calms and fortifies skin's barrier. $37
To calm sensitivity and help prevent future flare ups, using a combination of antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients is key. Antioxidants contain soothing properties to fight inflammation in the skin, making it look and feel less irritated. Green tea seed oil is a very calming and soothing antioxidant thanks to high levels of polyphenols. Replenishing ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal contain omega fatty acids to help to calm flare ups and inflammation in the skin, as well as to protect against irritation by building up the skin’s natural protective barrier.
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