5 most powerful ingredient combos for your skin
The power couples of skincare
With so many ingredients being introduced year after year, we know skincare routines can often be confusing. At TGM, we believe less is more when it comes to skincare. Because some ingredients combos become too overwhelming for your skin to bear when used together and can even wreck your skin barrier. Like retinol and AHAs.
So overcomplicating your skincare routine can do more harm than good. Your skincare routine should be designed keeping in mind your skin’s overall health and not just visible results. But there are some ingredients that, when paired together, bring out the best of each other to give you amazing results. And their marriage is backed by science too!
5 Skincare Ingredients That Work Better Together
Niacinamide + Salicylic Acid
They are heroes on their own but when combined together they can help you get better control over comedones. Niacinamide aka Vitamin B3 helps reduce sebum production and improves skin’s barrier function while salicylic acid, a BHA reduces congestion by unclogging pores. So together they can decongest your skin and improve texture by reducing pore size as well. A dream team for oily, acne-prone skin!
Bakuchiol + Hyaluronic Acid
Skincare ingredients, no matter how effective they can be, should never cause irritation or sensitivity to your skin. So to combat signs of aging, we recommend skipping retinol for the more humble, gentle yet equally effective alternative- bakuchiol
A study showed bakuchiol significantly improves lines and wrinkles, elasticity and firmness of the skin. Pair it with hyaluronic acid, a natural humectant that decreases with age and your skin will stay plump and youthful for years to come.
Vitamin C + Vitamin E
The OG power couple of skincare, these are the two most abundantly found antioxidants in nature. And when combined together, they are more effective at preventing sun damage by scavenging the harmful free radicals that break down collagen. Vitamin C regenerates Vitamin E and in turn, Vitamin E improves the efficacy of vitamin C four-fold.
P.s. As an added bonus, a product with Vitamin C and Vitamin E works even better at preventing signs of aging when you introduce ferulic acid, another antioxidant to the mix.
Ceramides + Cholesterol + Fatty Acids
Three is not always a crowd. One study found applying a cream with these ingredients can improve skin hydration within 30 minutes!
These natural moisturizers are naturally present in our stratum corneum aka the outermost layer of skin. And our skin relies on these to prevent moisture loss and keep the skin barrier intact. So cholesterol, ceramides, and fatty acids together can help you get that supple, baby-soft skin texture.
Vitamin C + Collagen
Is aging well your primary skin concern? Skin aging happens at a deeper level in our dermis. So we believe you need to tackle the root cause of the problem to get long-term results rather than just working at the surface.
Collagen is an essential protein for our skin and keeps it firm and youthful. But with age, we produce less and less of it leading to signs of aging. So taking collagen supplements can help prevent the breakdown of collagen. But it works better when combined with the potent antioxidant- Vitamin C.
The fibroblast cells in your skin synthesize more collagen in presence of Vitamin C. It is a key cofactor in two enzymes required for the process- prolyl hydroxylase and lysyl hydroxylase. Vitamin C also prevents the breakdown of collagen by neutralizing free radicals.
So it is crucial to opt for a collagen supplement that has Vitamin C too for optimum results.