Skin-Care Cocktailing: Everything You Need to Know About Layering Ingredients to Avoid Irritation

“These skin types already suffer from a damaged skin barrier and may be further damaged if the wrong ingredients are mixed and matched,” Dr. Zubritsk shares. “If you have any concerns, a dermatologist is able to help tailor your skin-care routine to your unique needs.” 

Yep, your dermatologist is your BFF — absolutely speak to them before you decide to delve into the world of cocktailing. “Less is more with these conditions, and I would not advise cocktailing unless your professional recommends something very gentle and supportive,” says New York City and Dallas-based aesthetician Joanna Czech.

Skin-Care Cocktailing Examples

Each skin routine and concern differs from person to person, but there are a few ingredients that are beneficial across the board. “Essential ingredients include adequate sunscreen protection (broad-spectrum SPF 30 or more) and hydration (hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and/or ceramides),” Robinson tells Allure.

Below, we’ve pinpointed seven skin issues and ingredients to look for to address them when you’re shopping for all your cocktail ingredients.

Issue: Dehydrated skin
Ingredients to look for: Hyaluronic acid, phospholipids, linoleic acid, glycerin, ceramides, jojoba oil, humectants, PHAs, and AHAs.

Issue: Fine lines and wrinkles
Ingredients to look for: Retinol, vitamin C, glutathione, ceramides, peptides, SPF, and exfoliating AHAs, BHAs, or PHAs.

Issue: Oily-combination and blemish-prone skin
Ingredients to look for: Hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, niacinamide, bakuchiol, SPF, and exfoliating acids such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and mandelic acid.

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