Put your hands up if you consider sunscreen to be that beaming highlighter of the skincare world. Hell, yeah! We all agree on the fact that a good amount of SPF is a necessity even on a cloudy day. So yes, scorching sun or clouds, at home or braving the sea, your sunscreen ain’t goin’ anywhere baby.
But, we’re also in love with skin ingredients that exfoliate the dead layers of the skin (it’s the topmost). These active ingredients cannot be used all at once. You may have to let your skin get used to active ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide and other AHAs and BHAs. Certain ingredients, when married, can cause a negative impact on your skin while others will work like magic. Similarly, if you would like to apply your actives on your skin for that lit-from-within glow, you should read the guide on skincare mixology.
Here we are jotting down some interesting skincare ingredients that’ll go well with your sunscreen.
If you’ve been praying to the almighty to send a fountain of eternal youthfulness, then retinol is the answer to all your anti-ageing prayers! Also, a visit to the dermat will surely bless you with this revered skincare ingredient, retinol. Fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture, dark spots, and acne will be a thing of the past with this skin ingredient. However, retinol can exacerbate skin dryness and make the skin very sensitive to the sun. Hence, a good sunscreen will not only prevent skin cancer, wrinkles, and sun spots but also help protect your skin from getting damaged post a good exfoliating sesh!
This antioxidant, often known as vitamin B3 or niacin, is an anti-inflammatory ingredient (a secondary active chemical) that can brighten up the skin and even out discolouration. Niacinamide can be teamed with (almost) every ingredient in your skincare routine except vitamin C. A good amount of sunscreen will only enhance the benefits of using niacinamide. It’s important to remember that if you’re using niacinamide throughout the day, you should use sunscreen to protect your skin.
Vitamin C works best in the morning to protect the skin from oxidative free radical damage. This chemical can also lighten dark spots and brighten the skin. Wearing vitamin C under sunscreen has the same effect. Vitamin C-infused products should always be worn under sunscreen since they work together to protect the skin from UV damage.
If you are reading this, you know what benzoyl peroxide is and realize that it is the hero of your skin who fights pimples, acne, and zits. We all know that benzoyl exfoliates the upper layers of the skin and kills acne-causing bacteria in no time. But are you aware that your skin becomes sensitive to the sun after being exfoliated? You heard it right. *Drum Roll* Here’s introducing you to the superhero who’s here on a mission to help your skin. Benzoyl peroxide and SPF make a dream team. Hence, you’ll want to slap some sunscreen over it to protect your skin from getting more sensitive.
Now that you know all there is about sunscreen’s best friends, take your pick and add these skin ingredients to your skincare routine.
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