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These Are the Best Skincare Ingredients to Layer for Clear, Glowing Skin

Better together!
These Are the Best Skincare Ingredients to Layer for Clear, Glowing Skin
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Better together!

I've been a beauty editor for many years now, but I do admit that I still get confused with mixing and matching products for my routine. There are certain actives when layered over each other do more harm than good. On the flip side, some ingredients bring out the best qualities of each other.

To make things easier for all of us, I create a simple guide that shows the best skincare ingredients that work better together. Hope this helps!

The Best Skincare Ingredients To Mix For Clear, Glowing Skin

1. Niacinamide + Vitamin C

Also known as The Brightening Duo

Niacinamide and vitamin C are two ingredients that are known to even out the skin tone. The good thing about boosting your brightening routine with niacinamide is that it helps strengthen your skin barrier and prevent acne.

Olay White Radiance Niacinamide + Vitamin C Super Serum

White Radiance Niacinamide + Vitamin C Super Serum, P1499, OLAY, Shopee

2. AHA + BHA + Niacinamide

Also known as The Power Trio

Name a better trio, I'll wait. AHA, BHA, and niacinamide are amazing together. Both acids help exfoliate your skin and tackle pigmentation. AHA evens out the skin tone, and BHA purifies the pores. Niacinamide creates a soothing layer and strengthens your oil-moisture barrier. (Too much skincare jargon? These ingredients will give the glowiest skin of your life!)

Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner
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AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner, P800, MIZON, Go Bloom and Glow

The Best The Ordinary Skincare Product: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, P675, THE ORDINARY, Go Bloom and Glow

3. AHA + BHA + Hyaluronic Acid

Also known as The Glowy Trinity

I can't stop raving about acids! Ever since I've introduced them to my skincare routine, I rarely had massive breakouts. The downside of working with exfoliating ingredients like AHAs and BHAs is that you may overdo it. The best way to avoid this is to alternate AHAs and BHAs every night and to make sure that you apply hyaluronic acid product after.

Best chemical exfoliator for oily skin: SNAILWHITE Glow Potion AHA BHA Toner

Glow Potion AHA-BHA Toner, P395, SNAILWHITE, Watsons

Best moisturizer for oily skin: ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream

Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Gel Cream, P849, ISNTREE, Seek Space

4. Retinol + Hyaluronic Acid

Also known as The Glow Boss

Want seriously glowing skin? Harness the skin-renewing properties of retinol and combine it with the hydrating abilities of hyaluronic acid. This duo works for normal to oily skin.




Bed Time Miracle: Age Miracle Ultimate Youth Essence 30g and Night Cream 50g (with Retinol-C), P1299, POND'SLazada


5. Retinol + Niacinamide

Also known as Speed of Bright

Niacinamide reduces the risk of irritation caused by retinol. Plus, it helps speed up the brightening process of your skin. Apply this before any retinol product to help protect your skin.

Skin Vitamin, Vitamin B3: Luxe Organix Miracle Repair Serum Niacinamide

Miracle Repair Serum Niacinamide 4% 30ml, P499, LUXE ORGANICSWatsons


Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream, P4550, MURAD, Rustan's

6. Retinol + Cica

Also known as High and Low

Retinol is a strong active ingredient that renews the skin surface, fades spots, and treats acne. Some may find the formula *too much* so it is advised that they gradually incorporate it into their routines. You can calm down your complexion with the help of cica, a soothing skincare ingredient.

Celeteque Advanced Anti-Aging Age Spot Erasing Serum


Advanced Anti-Aging Age Spot Erasing Serum, P899, CELETEQUEWatsons

COSRx Centella Blemish Cream

Centella Blemish Cream, P1000, COSRXWatsons

*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.phMinor edits have been made by the editors.

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