6 Skincare Products That Work Double Duty

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Similar to real-life couples, some ingredient pairs in skin-care products are a perfect match—while others should really call it quits. “Multitasking products eliminate a few steps and can save you money, but combining several active ingredients may be ineffective or even irritating,” says Dendy Engelman, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. This is especially relevant now, thanks to the rise of BBs and CCs—creams that promise to. . .well, what don’t they promise to do? (Think: nix zits, fade spots, smooth lines, ward off UV rays, and offer a color tint.) Read on to discover which ingredients are destined for a harmonious marriage.

Made for Each Other
These ingredients not only get along splendidly, but may even help each other perform better. Stock up!

Antioxidants and Sunscreen

In addition to leaving skin burned and wounded, the sun’s ultraviolet rays spike free-radical damage in the skin, which can accelerate aging. “Antioxidants help amplify the protective benefits of sunscreen by warding off free-radical damage that sunscreen itself can’t block completely,” says Fredric Brandt, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. Vitamin C, grape-seed polyphenols, and green tea pack the most photoprotection. Try Murad Essential C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30

When To Apply: In the morning, under your makeup.

Antioxidants and Sunscreen

In addition to leaving skin burned and wounded, the sun’s ultraviolet rays spike free-radical damage in the skin, which can accelerate aging. “Antioxidants help amplify the protective benefits of sunscreen by warding off free-radical damage that sunscreen itself can’t block completely,” says Fredric Brandt, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. Vitamin C, grape-seed polyphenols, and green tea pack the most photoprotection. Try Murad Essential C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

When To Apply: In the morning, under your makeup.

Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid

Wrinkles and acne? Lucky you. But don’t freak, because this acid combo is supereffective at knocking out both. “Beta hydroxy acids (or salicylic acid) exfoliate dead skin cells and dissolve in oil to help unclog pores, which then lets alpha hydroxy acids (or glycolic acids) dig deeper to stimulate collagen production and plump fine lines,” says Noelle Sherber, M.D., a dermatologist in Washington, D.C. So although they work great separately, they’re more powerful combined. Try Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel.

When To Apply: At night, after cleansing.

 

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