Complements Should you mix skin care brands?


By Lashelle Kuhlman, licensed aesthetician, reconstructive & cosmetic surgery, Mount Nittany Physician Group

I often get asked about mixing skin care products from different product lines. Mixing your skin care can either mean layering products or frequently alternating from one brand to another, such as using a product every other day. Absolutely, you can mix and match your skincare product lines. Your skin doesn't know and doesn't care which brands you use. The goal is to ensure your skin has everything it needs to achieve the best results for your skin type.

Picking products that are most suitable for your skin type and skin care concerns is important. When mixing your skincare products, be sure to focus on product formulas and whether they suit your skin type and skin concerns. As long as your skin is not reacting negatively to the products, you can continue to mix and match. It is generally recommended not to mix products that contain retinol, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or peptides as this may irritate. Some people may combine these elements and never experience any irritation, but overusing them can irritate the skin - especially sensitive skin.

It is important to begin your mix and match skincare process by starting with a single product and adding in other products over time. Ideally, you will wait at least a few days between starting one product and beginning to use a new product. This allows you to determine if your skin reacts to a specific product.

Our office carries multiple professional skin care brands and, as a licensed esthetician, I would be happy to customize your skin care regimen.

I can help you create a skincare routine for your skin type to help you look and feel your best. You can schedule a consultation with me by calling 814.231.7878.

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