Amman, June 6, 2018
by Yasmeen Shawwa

4 Hero Skincare Ingredients That Won’t Work Unless Mixed With Their Perfect Partners

They say one hand cannot clap alone, and when it comes to skincare, mixing ingredients is the number one surefire winning recipe for flawless skin.. No matter how good an ingredient may be on its own, there’s always a way to make it even better. By combining basic formulas into one, you are doubling your chances by providing a shortcut that will maximize the efficacy of your treatment..

There is always an ingredient that will fuel and compliment another, and to be able to target the multiple issues we face regarding skincare - whether its wrinkles, dry skin, dullness, breakouts or dark spots- , below is a 101 intro showcasing 4 superhero ingredients and how cocktailing them with other effective ingredients will eventually create power coupling!

1 || Vitamin C Serum

By far, our favorite skincare ingredient that never seizes to exist on our vanities.. Vitamin C is our superhero ingredient, and that is because it’s involved in almost every single step when it comes to targeting all major skin aging issues.. It directly stimulates collagen production, fades out skin pigmentation resulting in a more even skin tone, as well as combatting fatigue and skin dullness. .. However, for the skin to optimally respond to the unparalelled powers of vitamin C it needs to be paired with 3 main active ingredients,

CoQ10, Niacinamide and Carnitine…

Look for those ingredients and witness how this mix will instantly re-energize the skin, waking it up while simultaneously boosting its healing process and reversing that tired look..


Known to be the gold standard for anti-aging, Retinol is derived from Vitamin A, it works on the surface layer of the skin, while optimally boosting collagen production, Retinol will significantly improve the look of wrinkles, smooth texture and fade uneven discoloration. However, there is one side effect that is undesirable to many, it can be drying and irritating, especially at high concentrations. How to negate this side effect? Mix it with,

Ferulic Acid…

Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that has tremendous soothing properties that will alleviate Retinol’s drying side effects.. Moreover, ferulic acid rids our skin from free radicals that destroy our natural collagen, causing lines, wrinkles and laxity.

3 || Hyaluronic Acid

Just like we cannot survive without water intake, our skin cells will deteriorate without this star ingredient, hyaluronic acid brings life into our skin cells and produces more water within the skin.., It is the number one moisturizing ingredient. Already found in the skin, HA is a molecule that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and plumps the skin from within. As we age, we lose hyaluronic acid and our skin naturally gets drier, less plump and less dewy. If hyaluronic acid is the ‘ying’, what is its ‘yang’?


Ceramide acts as a skin barrier, as our skin surface can “leak” moisture through evaporation, we will lose the natural oils as well.. Rest assured, the hyaluronic / ceramics combo is the best moisturizing formula out there!

Glycolic Acid

When it comes to Glycolic acid, many things come to mind; resurfacing, regenerating, exfoliation and peeling.. It is quite important to realize that our skin ages every single minute, that’s when the outer skin cells die to make way for the new younger ones underneath.. But how are you going to surface up and make way for those younger cells in order to replace the dull older ones? An exfoliating ingredient like glycolic acid is the fastest way to dissolve and dislodge dead skin, revealing the fresh, healthy skin that lies beneath. Fear peels? We hear you, because they can be drying and irritating. That’s why you need to pair Glycolic acid with the blend below,

Lactic, Malic, Citric and Beta-Hydroxy Salicylic Acid…

Rather than using a high concentration of Glycolic on its own, combine a lower percentage of Glycolic with other low dose acids to help detach those dead skin cells more gently and effectively. Always remember that proper exfoliation also allows for greater penetration of other anti-aging ingredients.

Bottom line, it takes two (or sometimes more) to tango.. These skin partners make good couples, always remember, everything needs a better half to complement it and become whole…

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