Often girls complain that cosmetics do not live up to expectations and do not help, contrary to the promises of manufacturers. This is especially true for the problem of acne, wrinkles, dull complexion. The dilemma is that girls expect a miracle and an instant wow effect from cosmetics.
But this happens only in fairy tales by magic. It takes time for the cosmetic to solve the problem. It is also very important to correctly combine several products in care in order to prevent conflicts between them. Otherwise, you will not solve the problem, but only exacerbate it. Most often, the means do not work because you make the following mistakes when choosing and using cosmetics.
Retinol products cannot be used with AHAs
Vitamin A and AHA acids (glycolic, lactic, citric) do a good job with a whole list of problems: inflammation, acne, black spots, dull complexion, wrinkles. True, using acids and vitamin A together to achieve instant results is not worth it. This may not solve, but only exacerbate the problem.
Both retinol and acids are very drying to the skin. Working in pairs, they can destroy the protective barrier of the epidermis. Because of what there is dryness, redness, irritation and even a new portion of acne or wrinkles.
How to: if in terms of care you are loving and do not want to give up either acids or retinol, alternate means: 1-2 days a week – products with acids, the rest – cosmetics with retinol.
If you are just introducing your skin to vitamin A, so that there are no irritations, peeling and other aggressive reactions, apply the product twice a week at night. It is better to apply the product locally on problem areas.
Try it! Anti-aging facial serum with retinol 1%, niacinamide 4% and squalane ART&FACT
Serum rejuvenates, slows down the aging process, gives radiance, improves tone and elasticity. Instantly softens the skin, makes it silky. Regular use of the serum stops the appearance of wrinkles and pigmentation.
Retinol products cannot be used with vitamin C
Both components help to cope with pigmentation, energize the skin, and stimulate cell renewal. To get the result faster, many people buy cosmetics with these fillings and use them together. By the way, manufacturers themselves sometimes try to “marry” vitamin A and C in one product.
But in a duet, the components are ineffective, and sometimes they can harm the skin. Vitamin C works well at a pH of 3.5 (this is true for the acidic forms most often found in cosmetics, though there are others, look at the form), while for retinol the ideal pH is between 5.5 and 6.
These substances are far from partners, because they need a different environment for work. Vitamin C and retinol on the team can cause the same skin irritation as retinol together with AHAs.
How to: You can use retinol and vitamin C on the same day, but at different times. Vitamin C – in the morning (however, when used in the daytime, it is necessary to apply a refreshing cream with an SPF of at least 35 on top), and vitamin A (that is, retinol) – at night.
Try it! Moisturizing lifting eye cream with vitamin C, D4, hyaluronic acid 2% and urea ART&FACT
The cream has a pronounced anti-aging effect, provides prevention of aging, smoothes fine wrinkles and gives the skin elasticity. Urea and hyaluronic acid of different molecular sizes provide deep hydration for the delicate skin around the eyes. Vitamin C strengthens blood vessels, evens out tone, brightens pigmentation and dark circles under the eyes.
AHA products should not be used with niacinamides above 2%
Recently, niacinamide (aka vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid) has become very popular in cosmetics. After retinol, it became known as the “holy grail” for the skin. Niacinamide stimulates cells to repair and rejuvenate, while it is not as aggressive as retinol.
But vitamin B3 should not be used with AHAs, especially if you have sensitive skin.. Such a duet can provoke itching and even redness.
How to: use products with acids twice a week, and products with niacinamide for a month – daily in the morning or evening.
Try it! Lamellar facial emulsion with soybean oil 3%, macadamia oil 0.8%, niacinamide 0.5% and Rhodiola rosea extract ART&FACT
Lamellar emulsion is a cream with continuous layers – lamellae – of oil, between which there is a layer of water. This unique formula is identical to the building blocks of our skin, so it easily integrates and restores the integrity of the dermal cells. With regular use, the emulsion restores skin elasticity, tightens the oval of the face.
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Cosmetics with peptides cannot be used with AHA and BHA acids
Peptides in cosmetics are synthesized proteins necessary for rejuvenation and resuscitation of damaged cells. But the acidic environment of tonics and peels, if you use them at the same time as anti-aging cosmetics, reduces the effectiveness of proteins. Peptides are acid resistant only when added to cosmetics in encapsulated form.
Otherwise, using both cosmetics at the same time, you will throw money away. Since in an acidic environment, the structure of the peptides will be destroyed.
How to: use an acid peel or lotion on the days you don’t use a peptide cream or serum. Or, purchase products with peptides in encapsulated form.
Acid Facial Cleansing Pads with Glycolic Acid 10%, Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid ART&FACT
Thanks to the complex of AHA and BHA acids in the composition, the pads remove dead cells, cleanse pores, have antibacterial activity, regulate the functioning of the sebaceous glands, and lighten post-inflammatory pigmentation. Papaya and pineapple extracts relieve inflammation.
If the cream rolls off, it does not need to be thrown away.
It happens that you apply a cream, and on top of it a tonal one – and it starts to roll down. But don’t throw it away right away. As a rule, the cream is poorly absorbed and remains on the surface if you skip the deep cleansing of the skin or, scientifically, peeling.
Our skin does not clean itself well with age, dead cells accumulate on the surface, which the washing gel does not take. Over time, keratinized scales accumulate on the surface of the epidermis and form a shell. It does not let nutrients from the cream into the deeper layers of the skin; moreover, it disrupts cell nutrition and metabolic processes.
Therefore, in order for the cream not to roll, it is important to do peeling twice a week.
How to: use products with AHA or BHA acids in the composition. It can be in the form of peeling rolls, serums (night peels are presented in this format), masks or peeling disks (pads).
Acids destroy protein bridges between keratinized scales and easily remove them from the skin surface. Thus, you will improve the nutrition of the cells, normalize the complexion – and the cream will no longer roll down.
All-weather corrective facial peeling serum with mandelic acid 10%
Mandelic acid in the composition fights bacteria, cleanses pores of sebum, reduces the number of black spots, and normalizes the functioning of the sebaceous glands. Due to the small size of the mandelic acid molecule, it is the most gentle. Therefore, it is suitable for those who suffer from couperosis and rosacea.
If the cream stops working, put it aside for a while
Anti-aging products with active ingredients, such as retinol, signaling peptide molecules and peptide complexes, are designed to solve a specific problem – remove dull complexion, acne, smooth wrinkles. They perform exactly these tasks – and no more miracles should be expected from them.
At a time when the active action of the cream ends, many, relying on forums and comments from various experts, begin to think that the skin is used to cosmetics, the cream needs to be changed to a new one with a different composition, and the old one should be thrown away. But this is a big mistake.
How to: funds with active ingredients are used in a course, a maximum of 1-2 months. Then you need to postpone the product (do not throw it away) for 2-3 months. Switch to simple nourishing and moisturizing products. Then you can return to a rejuvenating or other problem-solving course of your favorite cream and serum.
Try it! Anti-aging eye cream with Matrixyl 1% and Lecithin 0.7%, phospholipids and soy protein
Matrixyl in the cream evens out the relief of the face and skin tone, reduces the number and depth of wrinkles. Lecithin eliminates violations of the protective function of the skin, regulates the formation of new cells, delicately moisturizes the delicate skin around the eyes.
Phospholipids attract and retain moisture, restore the lipid barrier layer. Soy protein promotes tissue repair and stimulates cell regeneration.