We often face so many products and ingredients that we end up overwhelmed and confused. It’s important to know which active ingredients work well together and which don’t and how to layer your skincare products properly.

Vitamin A

We also know vitamin A as a retinoid or retinol. It is fantastic at increasing cell turnover in our skin. It helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and even out the texture. Retinoids can be very drying on the skin, which is why you want to always pair them with hydration and moisturization.


Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3, and it is a nutrient that can be found in our bodies. It helps to balance sebum production and to improve texture. Niacinamide pairs well with many ingredients.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a prevalent ingredient. We know it for its overall brightening effects and promoting elastin and collagen production.


AHAs are fruit or milk-derived substances that act as chemical exfoliants for our skin.


BHA is also a chemical exfoliant, but it can penetrate deeper into our pores to dissolve any excess or bacteria.

With pairing active ingredients, this is what you should consider.

Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C

When you mix a hyaluronic acid with vitamin C, you are giving your skin a boost and helping it be brighter and more hydrated.

Azelaic Acid and Vitamin C

When Azelaic Acid is paired with vitamin C, its effects multiply and amplify. If you are facing any discoloration, you want to brighten and even out your skin tone, this duo is great for you.

Vitamin A and Niacinamide

A combination of vitamin A and niacinamide is a great combo for sensitive skin types, as the niacinamide helps the skin to tolerate the potent effects of retinol.

Niacinamide and Vitamin C

There are a lot of controversies surrounding this combination. Even though once it wasn’t recommended to mix these ingredients, with more innovative formulations of products, this combo is safe for the skin.

Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Ferulic Acid

Vitamin C can be really unstable. However, when you pair it with vitamin E and ferulic acid, it helps to stabilize and boost the efficiency of vitamin C. When you use this combination during the day, it’s helping to create an ironclad shield that will protect your skin from environment and UV rays.