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Skincare Ingredients to Use Together for Better Results

August 04, 2022 1 Comment

Skincare Ingredients to Use Together for Better Results

Episode Title: Skincare Ingredients to Use Together for Better Results

Episode Description

On today's episode of the Korean Beauty Show podcast, we’re exploring skincare ingredients to use together for the best results! Using two or more hero ingredients together in the same routine can help to supercharge your skincare.




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Episode Summary 

Niacinamide + Salicylic Acid

What they do:

When used together, niacinamide and salicylic acid work to reduce pore size and sebum production. That's why this combination is great for oily, combination and acne-prone skin.

Where to find them:

APLB Sensitive Micro Cleansing Foam

The soft, dense micro bubbles in this foaming cleanser help to gently remove makeup and residues for a soothing yet thorough cleanse. The formula is perfect for oily and combination skin because niacinamide and salicylic acid care for large pores as well. They also keep oilyness at bay. 

Skincare ingredients to use together


Green Tea + Caffeine

What they do:

Increase skin’s ability to protect itself against UVB-induced skin damage.

Where to find them:

One Thing Green Tea Serum

One Thing's Green Tea Serum contains concentrated green tea and 8 types of hyaluronate. These are gweat because they work together to boost hydration for nourishing effects. In addition, they can assist to reduce visible signs of ageing.

If you combine this together with a caffeine serum you can achieve even better results because they work together to protect the skin. 

Centella Asiatica + Vitamin C + Glycolic Acid

What they do:

Increase skin’s collagen production.

Where to find them:

TOCOBO AHA BHA Toner with Innisfree Truecare Vitamin C 20 and Dr Jart Cicapair Cream

Start your routine with this toner and exfoliant, which helps balance the PH levels of your skin with glycolic acid. Then, follow up with a Vitamin C Serum like Innisfree Truecare Vitamin C 20 Ampoule. This will assist to target dull skin, dark spots and pigmentation. 

Finally, finish off with Dr Jart’s Cicapair Cream, which is jam-packed full of Cica (AKA Centella Asiatica). 

This is a great skin boosting combination because the combination of acids and antioxidants targets a variety of anti aging concerns. 

Retinol + Niacinamide

What they do:

Retinol and niacinamide are a power couple because when used together they increase the tolerability of retinol.

Where to find them:

Missha Time Revolution Probio Ampoule and APLB Retinol Vitamin A Moisture Cream

Missha’s iconic Time Revolution Ampoule is made on a base of 10 types of Lactobacillus. Each have different effects that enhance skin’s moisture levels and elasticity. However, the real jewel in the crown is the combination of retinol with niacinamide because it works to brighten skin. It can also reduce the signs of aging.

Similarly, APLB’s luxurious anti-aging formula includes retinol and niacinamide. It also contains peptides, collagen, squalane, sodium hyaluronate. Further, it contains licorice and sea buckthorn, both of which are ideal ingredients for pigmented skin. 

 Skincare ingredients to use together for better results



Retinol and Peptides

What They Do:

These two powerhouse ingredients work beautifully together in treating the appearance of fine lines. Retinol helps speed up skin cell turnover and increases collagen production, while peptides can assist to encourage tighter, firmer skin. Because they strength the links that hold skin layers together, pairing retinol and retinoids with peptides can help to achieve a smoother, firmer look for the skin.

Where to Find Them:

Chosungah Retinol 2500 Cream + Mary & May 6 Peptide Complex Serumor APLB Retinol Vitamin A Moisture Cream

Mary & May's Serum contains 6 different peptides - Copper Tripeptide-1 (2ppm), Hexapeptide-11 (2ppm), Hexapeptide-9 (2ppm), Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 (2ppm), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (2ppm), Tripeptide-1 (2ppm).


Sunscreen + Vitamin C

What They Do:

Pairing your SPF with vitamin C can better protect your skin from the sun and free radical damage.

The Science

A 2013 study on the effectiveness of antioxidants with and without sunscreen found that:

"Sunscreens when properly applied prevent UV-induced erythema and thymine dimer mutations that contribute to cancer. However, sunscreens block only 55 percent of the free radicals produced by UV exposure...To optimize UV protection, it is important to use sunscreens combined with a topical antioxidant.
Vit. C does not absorb UV light but exerts an UV-protective effect by neutralizing free radicals, while this effect is not seen with sunscreens.
Under laboratory conditions, it has been shown that application of 10 percent topical Vitamin C showed statistical reduction of UVB-induced reddening.... by 52 percent and sunburn cell formation by 40-60 percent."

Where to Find Them:

APLB Vitamin C Ampoule Serum for sensitive skin or Innisfree Truecare Vitamin C Ampoule for normal skin.

Vitamin C + Madecassoside

What They Do:

Great for skin that has been damaged by the sun and is showing signs of premature aging because they correct some signs of aging. 

The Science:

A study found:

"We have previously demonstrated in vivo the beneficial effect of a topically applied formula of 5% vitamin C in the treatment of skin ageing. Another active compound, madecassoside extracted from Centella asiatica, known to induce collagen expression and/or to modulate inflammatory mediators, might thus prevent and correct some signs of ageing.

A randomized double-blind study was carried out on photoaged skin of 20 female volunteers to investigate the effects of topically applied 5% vitamin C and 0.1% madecassoside on the clinical, biophysical and structural skin properties. After 6 months of treatment, we observed a significant improvement of the clinical score for deep and superficial wrinkles, suppleness, firmness, roughness and skin hydration.

These results were corroborated by measurements of skin elasticity and semi-quantitative histological assessment of the elastic fibre network in the papillary dermis. Two-thirds of the subjects showed an improvement. The re-appearance of a normally structured elastic fibre network was observed. Our results revealed a functional and structural remodelling of chronically sun-damaged skin."


Where to Find Them:

Purito Pure Vitamin C Serum (5%) and APieu Madecassoside Cream (0.1%)

Ceramides + Cholesterol + Free Fatty Acids

What they do:

These three are the ultimate pairing to increase skin’s hydration

Where to find them:

Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream, Dr Jart Ceramidin Serum and Dr Jart Ceramidin Liquid.

Dr Jart’s moisturising line is perfect to use on dry, itchy skin because it combines some excellent hydrating  ngredients. It also helps damaged skin. 

The combination of ceramides in these products, along with cholesterol and fatty free acids can visibly improve rough skin. It can also help with flaky and tight skin. Further, it is an ideal combination for those with allergies and itchniess.

So what exactly is in these products?

  1. Firstly, on the ceramide side, there is a combination of ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide AS, Ceramide NS and Ceramide EOP.
  2. Secondly, there is cholestrol.
  3. And finally, there are multiple free fatty acids, including Glyceryl Stearate SE and Stearic Acid.  

Skincare Ingredients to Use Together for Better Results

Precautions For Skincare Ingredient Combinations

  1. Be sure to patch test when experimenting with active ingredients to check whether you have an allergy or poor reaction. 
  2. Know your skin type and pay attention to signs of discomfort and irritation. 
  3. When it comes to Vitamin C products, be aware that certain combinations and percentages may result in an increase in sensitivity, stinging, redness etc. 
  4. Be aware that high concentrations of acids can make your skin more sensitive so watch out for signs of over-exfoliation

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"Using some combinations of skincare ingredients together can assist to supercharge your routine so that you get the best results from every product you're using."

- Lauren Lee, Korean Beauty Expert

1 Response


August 05, 2022

Big fan of the podcast from day 1 when we were in covid lockdown in the U.S. The podcast began right after I found and fell in love with the missha super aqua line! Since then I have tried many other brands and lines. I love this episode, especially as I had been wondering about what ingredients to put together or keep apart. It’s like you read my mind. Please keep up the podcast and lots of love and appreciation from a loyal fan and listener.

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