Do all our skincare products have to be from the same brand? That’s certainly what brands want us to believe. Hey, they get all our money if we do. That’s why they are so fond of reminding us that all the products in their lines have been created to work synergistically together and, if we stray, we are just making them ineffective.
But is that really true? Well, while there are certainly cases when sticking to a brand can give good results, most of the time there is absolutely no need to do so. You may even hurt your skin (and your wallet) by being too faithful to just one brand. Yes, really. Here’s why:
Every line has a dud (or two)
Just because one product does great things for your skin, it doesn’t mean that all the others in the same line will too. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to find a line that features, for example, a serum formulated with state-of-the-art ingredients, a gentle, effective cleanser, a toner laden with irritants, and a moisturizer packaged in a jar which allows all its goodies to spoil.
And even when they are all well-formulated, one or more products may not be suitable for your skin type. A moisturizer can, for instance, be too rich for your oily skin and cause breakouts. Every line has one or more duds, and if you insist on using them, your skin won’t be happy!
Some ingredients just can’t be used together
Having said that, there is a grain of truth in the “our products are designed to work together, so mixing brands can reduce their effectiveness” theory. Some ingredients just don’t work that well together. For example, AHAs, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, can neutralize retinoids, making them ineffective. And that’s the last thing you want.
While not every product in one line may be well-formulated, they are created with ingredients that work well together. But is sticking to the same brand even in this case worth it? That depends on the line. Are all its products formulated without irritants and work well for your skin type and needs? If so, by all means, don’t stray. But such a line is very hard to find.
So, what to do?
Research and experiment. Knowledge is power. By understanding which ingredients should never be used together, and which address any concern your skin may have, you will be able to create a skincare routine that satisfies your needs and keeps your skin in top condition. Remember, your skin doesn’t care what brand you use, it just wants something that suits its needs!
Do you stick to the same brand or, like me, do you like to mix and match skincare products?