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Skincare

equations Like champagne and orange juice, pasta and parmesan, some things are just better together than on their own. The same is true for cosmetic active ingredient combinations, writes KAREN ELLITHORNE.

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ou have possibly used some of the following skincare equations on your client’s skin already during treatments, or recommended them for home use post treatment, but these duos are always good to keep in mind.

Turmeric + licorice

For a powerhouse combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, there is nothing better than the blend of turmeric and licorice in a skincare preparation. This combination is particularly good if you are looking at formulations for treating post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, as both ingredients have calming and skin brightening results. They are also effective in balancing oil secretions of the skin. Turmeric, in particular, is known to reduce pore size and scarring, with both these qualities being very useful in treating an acne skin type. Licorice is useful in treating dark circles under the eyes, discoloration and age spots. Due to the fact that it contains licochalcone, it can also dramatically decrease oil secretions.

Retinol + AHA or BHA If you are looking at intensifying your treatment results by combining retinol with chemical exfoliants like AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), namely glycolic, citric, lactic and malic acid, to name a few, or BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids) like salicylic acid, it will give the skin a great boost. It is always a good idea to make sure that the skin tolerates the retinol well and is not having any unpleasant reactions before adding additional active ingredients. You can begin by applying retinol online @ probeauty.co.za

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