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Skincare Power Couples

Hot cocoa and marshmallows. Movies and popcorn. Some things are just better together. Combining them turns an ordinary experience into a magical one. Did you know that some skincare ingredients are also better together? Like any good couple, they complement each other, cooperate, and just make each other better. Let’s meet these skincare power couples and see what they can do to help you achieve your skin goals.

Treat Acne Breakouts: BHAs and Niacinamide

Salicylic acid’s power is to get deep into pores, freeing dead skin and oil. Niacinamide is often seen as a skin-brightener, but is also a great acne-fighter and helps regulate sebum. When used in tandem, BHAs clear debris that can clog and stretch pores, while niacinamide reduces excess oil and helps restore pores to their normal size. Niacinamide is generally a team player, so they’re easily used together.

Find out which products can help clear your skin with our acne-fighting collection.

Reduce Hyperpigmentation: SPF and Vitamin C

This is a classic case where two is better than one. Hyperpigmentation occurs when UV rays trigger melanin production in your skin, which causes discolouration. SPF is your main protection against UV rays — it prevents free radical damage and sun spots. However, it isn’t able to fade existing pigmentation. This is where vitamin C comes in. It’s effective at neutralizing free radicals and is also able to help fade hyperpigmentation you already have. Include both in your morning routine. 

Tackle hyperpigmentation with these tried-and-true products.

Strengthen Your Skin Barrier: Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides

There are a lot of reasons why your skin barrier may be suffering. Eczema, dry weather, dehydration and irritation can all lead to a barrier that isn’t functioning as it should. Hyaluronic acid and ceramides are the perfect combination to restore it. Start off with hyaluronic acid, which draws and holds hydration in your skin. Finish with ceramides, which prevent moisture loss and repair damage. Together, they help your barrier maintain moisture and keep out skin stressors. 

Give your skin a boost with our barrier-repairing collection.

Illuminate Your Complexion: Azelaic Acid and Vitamin C

While vitamin C alone is great for fading hyperpigmentation and evening your skin tone, surface exfoliation is also important. Use azelaic acid to scrub away dead cells that make your skin look dry and dull. It’s a gentle exfoliator that is less likely to irritate, and is an acid that plays well with other ingredients. Follow exfoliation with a vitamin C serum for all-around brighter skin.

Glowy skin? Yes, please! Browse our selection of illuminating skincare. 

Soften and Nourish Dry Skin: AHAs and Ceramides

Dry skin is a common winter complaint that can be tackled with the right combination of skincare. Start by using an AHA to exfoliate the layer of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. These not only make your skin look and feel dry, but they can also block other ingredients from absorbing well. Finishing with a product that contains ceramides ensures your skin stays moisturized, and minimizes any irritation from exfoliation. Together, they’ll help your skin feel softer and maintain a healthier condition. 

Get baby-soft, moisturized skin with our curated products for dry skin. 

Smooth Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Retinol and Peptides

Retinol and peptides are both powerhouses when it comes to anti-aging. Retinol gets deep into the skin and reduces pigmentation and lines, while speeding up skin turnover. Peptides are amino acids that stimulate collagen production and boost the skin barrier. Peptides can even reduce the dryness and irritation some people experience with retinol use. Together, they provide different avenues to tackle signs of aging. If you’re using them in separate products, start with the retinol first. 

Take a look at our wrinkle-smoothing skincare selection. 

Some combinations of ingredients can really enhance your skincare routine and help you reach your skin goals. Need more information? Find out the do’s-and-don’ts of mixing skincare and learn how to safely mix tricky ingredients like acids and vitamin C.