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Skincare cocktails that will up your skincare routine!

Skincare Ingredient Mixes to make your face clean, healthy & glowing.
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Ingredient mixes that will make your skin happy

What if we told you that a revitalising, rejuvenating cocktail will help you level up your skincare game? If you're ready to be creative, try our recommended skincare cocktails and get ready to give your skin a treat!

The mix-your-own approach entails combining skincare ingredients or layering them to create unique, one-of-a-kind remedies for your skin concerns instantly. Just like stirring up your favourite drink, you can personalise your skincare according to your skin type and what you're aiming to achieve for your skin. 

We’re sharing with you some inside scoop on the best secrets of mixing skincare ingredients together. Whether you're seeking to rebalance pH, getting a glow, fighting hyperpigmentation or keeping your skin looking youthful, here’s the Holy Grail you need to refer to. 

6 skincare cocktails to swear by!

1. Vitamin C + Retinol = Age and UV rays defender

To begin with, Vitamin C helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and uplift sagging skin. Then there's Retinol, which helps to increase skin suppleness. As a consequence, Retinol and other retinoids may help to enhance skin texture while also reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles. Retinol, like Vitamin C also helps to balance out skin tone and texture. Vitamins C and A (Retinol) are excellent choices as they also protect our skin from damage caused by pollution and sun rays while providing hydration.

Sublime recommends: 

Retinol- Deconstruct Retinol & Peptide Serum- 0.2% Retinol + 1% Peptide Serum

Vitamin C- Coccoon Hydrating Night Serum with Kakadu Plum(Vitamin C), Shea Butter

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2. Niacinamide + Retinol= Age Annihilator

Niacinamide and retinoids are one of the greatest skincare combinations. These two ingredients combat age spots, discolouration, wrinkles and blemishes so when used together, they deliver fantastic results. When used alone, retinoids can feel harsh on the skin; however, when combined with Niacinamide, the intensity is reduced and the irritation that your skin might feel, also reduces. Overall, retinoids battle the signs of ageing, while Niacinamide helps to soothe skin redness and inflammation.

Sublime recommends:

Retinol- Dr. Sheth's Rosehip & Retinoid Power Emulsion 

Niacinamide- WishCare 12% Niacinamide Serum

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3. Vitamin C + Glycolic Acid = Glow with Radiance

When your skin looks weary and drab, this combination is great as a pick-me-up. Vitamin C brightens the skin while Glycolic Acid exfoliates dead skin cells. Together, they're a quick remedy for revitalising and refreshing your skin. They don’t hold back when it comes to giving your skin a clearer complexion and a divine glow. 

Sublime recommends

Vitamin C- WishCare 35% Vitamin C+ Pure Glow Face Serum

Glycolic acid- Neemli Naturals Glycolic Acid & Hydrolyzed Collagen Pit Repair Concentrate 

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4. AHAs + BHAs = Squeaky Clean Pores

AHAs (Alpha-hydroxy acids) being water-soluble and BHAs (Beta-hydroxy acids) being oil-soluble, they work together to exfoliate effectively. They can get around the oil that clogs pores, dissolve the combination of sebum and dead skin that causes acne, and stabilise the pore lining. BHAs contain anti-inflammatory and antibacterial characteristics, as well as the ability to eliminate blackheads and whiteheads. They can penetrate deep into the skin layers, whereas AHAs exfoliate the top. We’d suggest you always moisturise after using AHAs or BHAs because they might dry up the skin a bit. 

Sublime recommends

AHA & BHA- Daughter Earth AHA BHA PHA Exfoliating Cleanser 

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5. Retinol + Hyaluronic Acid + SPF = Reduced Irritation & Increased Protection

We all know the benefits of Retinol by now. Commonly known as Vitamin A, it is an anti-ageing superstar and can be safely used with Hyaluronic Acid. They're a great match for healthy, even toned skin. Using Hyaluronic Acid after Retinol can help reduce irritation and keep the skin moisturised. It doesn’t interfere with Retinol's effectiveness. Wearing an SPF on a daily basis is essential as Retinol products increase your skin's sensitivity to UV damage even if you use it at night.

Sublime recommends

Retinol- WishCare Pro Collagen Retinol Serum

Hyaluronic Acid- Conscious Chemist Hydro+™ 3% Multi Hyaluronic Acid Serum

SPF- Lisen Soothing Shade SPF 50 + PA +++ Sunscreen

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6. Vitamin C + Vitamin E = Antioxidant Booster

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals and other environmental aggressors that cause damage to the skin. The combination of Vitamin C and Vitamin E provides double antioxidant protection and health benefits to the skin. Ferulic Acid, another antioxidant that boosts the effect of other antioxidants, may be added to the mix as well. The three combined together are a skincare powerhouse.

Sublime recommends: 

Vitamin C- Skyn Organic Company Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin E- Dr. Sheth's Vitamin E & Ginseng Moisturizing Cream

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Is it okay to mix and layer your skincare?

Skincare is personal and it can be tough experimenting with your skincare routine. However, with the right kind of ingredient understanding and learning how to mix and layer your skincare products, the desired results can be achieved. 

Certain ingredients mix well and perform better than the others while some don’t work too well together. Using too many ingredients can also negatively impact your skin and cause irritation. It is always advised to go slow, pick the priority ingredients that will target your skin concerns well and work them into your skincare routine. This will not only help you get a great understanding of what your skin needs, what ingredients work better than the others and what to avoid. It will definitely help and give you the results that you have wanted.

What to avoid?

Some ingredients when mixed or layered together can adversely affect your skin and cause patches or inflammation. To avoid that, we’d advise you to refrain from mixing these ingredients. 

·Retinol With Vitamin C, AHAs/BHAs and Benzoyl Peroxide 

·Vitamin C With Niacinamide


Skincare ingredients’ mixing or layering involves mixing two or more ingredients that complement each other and give a great result. Mixing ingredients together without prior knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work or worse yet, what can cause harm to your skin is a risky business. Our ultimate list of ingredient mixes that work well together will definitely help you upgrade your skincare routine, combat skin concerns and make your skin happy and healthy. 

-Ashi Bansal

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