do all your skincare products have to be from the same brand

“Would you like to check out our cleanser, too? It’s designed to complement the serum.”

“No, thank you,” I politely decline. “I don’t need a cleanser now. Just the serum.” My voice is firmer now. I’ve made it clear the discussion’s over.

Inside me, I’m just rolling my eyes. Do SAs think I’m stupid? That you and I can’t see it’s all a ploy to get us to spend as much money as possible on stuff we don’t need? *sighs*

I know they want you stick to just one brand – their brand. And, sometimes, that’s a good idea.

But, most of the time, that’s just SO boring. How am I supposed to choose between Paula’s Choice, Drunk Elephant and The Ordinary?! Me wants them all.

Other times, it’s just dangerous. Sticking to one brand may damage your skin. Yes, really.

So, what’s a girl to do? Should you choose boredom and pick all your skincare products from one brand or freedom and mix and match at will?

Here are the pros and cons:

The Case For Using Only One Brand: Products Are Formulated To Work Well Together

Like all myths, this one has its grain of truth, too.

Some ingredients don’t work that well together. If you use a glycolic acid exfoliant from one brand and a retinol serum from another, you may end up with a bad case of irritation.

In theory, brands know what combinations to avoid. So, when they create an anti-aging or anti-acne line, they make sure all the products play nicely together.

Related: Mix And Match: The Skincare Ingredients You Should Never Use Together


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The Case Against Using Only One Brand: Not Every Product Will Suit You

Just because all the ingredients play nicely together, it doesn’t mean the products will play nicely with your skin. Huh?

For example, that serum may do wonders for your skin but the moisturizer in the same line be way too rich for your skin type and make you breakout.

Not to mention how many irritants (hello alcohol and fragrance) find their way in skincare products these days.

Sadly, it’s not uncommon to find a line that features – let’s say – a gentle cleanser, an alcohol-laden toner, a state-of-the-art serum, and a moisturiser packaged in a jar that will spoil all the goodie inside.

Every line has one (or two) duds. Or simply products that aren’t formulated for your skin type. If you insist on using them, your skin won’t be happy!

Related: Skincare Ingredients I Avoid (Warning: This List May Surprise You)

The Bottom Line

Research and experiment. Figure out what your skin needs, learn what ingredients don’t do well together, and look for products that satisfy all your criteria. Remember, your skin doesn’t care what brand you use, it just wants something that suits its needs!