Some combinations yield a final product that’s better than each individual ingredient on its own (think peanut butter and jelly or Affleck and Damon). The same is true for skincare products. It might seem at first that throwing another step into your routine would be annoying, but doing so could actually help you get more for your money—and more youthful skin.
Retinol + Antioxidants = Less Sun Damage
Antioxidant ingredients such as vitamin E, ferulic acid, resveratrol, and green tea, and antioxidant-rich oils such as grapeseed and argan help the retinol penetrate further, adding radiance and promoting collagen production to plump up fine lines. The anti-inflammatory properties help counter any negative reactions associated with retinol use, including redness, dryness, flakiness and sensitivity.
Vitamin C + Sunscreen (And Just About Everything) = Fewer Brown Spots
Oh vitamin C, you big show-off. Skin experts love you because you can do oh, you know, everything. Worried about sun damage? Vitamin C’s antioxidant makeup helps up the efficacy of sunscreen. Because it can help block tyrosinase (the stuff that’s critical in the formation of melanin), C helps fade hyperpigmentation and acne scars and brightens overall skintone. Plus, it helps promote collagen production, reducing the appearance of lines and making skin look all plump and juicy and young.
Toners + Anti-Aging Products = Firmer Skin
Toner may seem like an unnecessary step and an added expense, but all are not created equal. Some are little more than pricey yet refreshing water sprays, but others are actually worth it, especially those made with these tongue-twisting ingredients: dimethyl isosorbide and ethoxy diglycol. These bad boys are known to help drive ingredients into the skin, so using them before other products will help active ingredients penetrate better. We love the influx of Asian “softening waters” that you press into your skin right after washing that have impressive skin-plumping ingredients in them and help everything after penetrate deeper.