If you’re sat there feeling overwhelmed about skincare, stop right there as I’m here today to make sure everything makes a lot more sense. I don’t blame you for finding this all so confusing, there seems to be a new must have ingredient to introduce into your routine every week. So, when things start to pile up, figuring out the order of how to apply these ingredients can get a bit tricky!
Hopefully at the end of today’s blog post you’ll find mixing salicylic acid and niacinamide and hyaluronic acid as easy as putting the kettle on, so let’s get stuck in and find out more.
Can I use salicylic acid with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide?
Yes, you can, believe it or not! With the potent, anti-bacterial and anti-acne benefits of salicylic acid quite often there is the side effects of severe skin dryness and irritation. This is when the skin hydrating duo of hyaluronic acid and niacinamide step in. Each of these humectants work at locking moisture into the skin surface which will counteract skin dryness. They are also able to target and prevent damage caused by exposure to free radical, such as pollution, UV rays and other environmental aggressors.
When it comes to the best order to apply these ingredients, I suggest the following to gain optimal skin results with little to no side effects.
- Exfoliating Toner enriched in Salicylic Acid
- Serum containing Hyaluronic Acid
- Serum containing Niacinamide
- Moisturiser (optimal)
- SPF (daytime routine only)
The reason I suggest applying hyaluronic acid before niacinamide because your skin will gain an impressive boost in hydration thanks to the hyaluronic acid. This will allow the niacinamide to provide its own unique benefit of regulating the sebum (natural oil in the skin) production on the skin surface.
Can you mix salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid?
You can apply both acids together, in fact, many skincare experts advise you to team together in your daily skincare regime. By introducing hyaluronic acid into your routine, you are giving your skin a boost in hydration as well as restoring balance. The bonus of teaming hyaluronic acid and salicylic acid is the fact they do not interfere with each other. Salicylic acid is the most used BHA in skincare formulas because of its impressive abilities to combat the bacteria that can cause frequent breakouts. It’s able to do this by penetrating further into the skin layers and unclog the pores of bacteria, impurities, and excess oil. Whilst salicylic acid is busy unblocking your pores hyaluronic acid is working on the outer surface of the skin keeping the protective barrier hydrated and in its healthiest state. If you are wanting to know more about how to layer hyaluronic acid with salicylic acid, check out our blog post.
Is it okay to mix salicylic acid and niacinamide?
It is okay to mix these powerhouse ingredients together, but, it is always best to proceed with caution. This is because although they each are a potent skin favourite, when teamed together they form an impressive duo. As I have mentioned already, the popular BHA can reach deep into the pores and break down the build-up of congestion formed of an array of excess oil, bacteria, and debris. Niacinamide compliments this by repairing and stimulating skin cell growth whilst simultaneously drawing in water from surrounding the face and locking it into place keeping the barrier fully hydrated and functioning correctly. We have a fully dedicated blog post about using salicylic acid serum and niacinamide together.
How do you use hyaluronic acid and salicylic acid?
This depends on the formulation these ingredients come in. The order you apply your skincare products is probably something you haven’t thought of before. However, it is an important part of ensuring you reap the rewards from your everyday routine. If you have read one of our previous blog posts, you would know that skincare products should be applied by thinnest to thickest consistency. By doing this you are enabling each product formula to absorb into the skin without having to combat any barrier created from thicker formulas on the face.
You’ll find that hyaluronic acid is mostly blended into gel-like serums which can be applied to the skin after you have used a cleanser enriched in salicylic acid. This will not only calm the skin but will boost its hydration allowing it to become more absorbent to any other products you apply afterwards.
Can AHA BHA use hyaluronic acid?
Yes absolutely, the beauty of hyaluronic acid is the fact it can be used on any skin type, with any ingredient. It has a reputation for being a great team player and is highly effective at neutralising any skin irritation caused by potent BHA, such as salicylic acid and AHA, such as glycolic acid.
With AHAs and BHAs often found in exfoliating toners or light-weight serums you will use the chemical exfoliant first before to slough away the build-up of dead skin cells, dirt, debris, and impurities before restoring and rebalancing the skin with hyaluronic acid.
Can I use 2 products with salicylic acid?
You can, but ensure you are using the best products to experience the benefits and avoid any unwanted reactions. Salicylic acid is very potent but very effective at targeting blemishes, spots and acne causing bacteria on the skin. You will often find an array of different percentage levels in different formulas, from cleanser and serums, to face masks and topical spot treatments. This is something you need to keep in mind when applying your skincare products. By limiting the number of times, you use salicylic acid in your daily routine to once a day will ensure you’ll see results without any side effects. If you already have several products containing the BHA in their formulas, then you can instead alternate the days or time of day you are applying them to your face.
Does moisturiser go before salicylic acid?
Moisturiser should remain one of the final steps in your skincare regime. This is because it is usually the thickest in consistency and if applied too soon in your routine will prevent other products penetrating through into the skin. Although serums are usually considered a product that can deliver more active level of ingredients to the skin compared to moisturisers, moisturisers still provide protection to the face.
Now, I hope that today has provided you with some more information about how to mix salicylic acid and niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Don’t forget if you have any further questions come and follow us over on our Instagram.