“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 Pro: Some Ingredients Can’t Be Used Together
Like all myths, this one has its grain of truth, too.
Some ingredients don’t work that well together. So, if you use a glycolic acid exfoliant from one brand and a retinol serum from another, you can compromise their effectiveness.
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.Your skin doesn't care what brand you use, it just wants something that suits its needs!
The Case Against: Every line has a dud (or two)
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 moisturizer packaged in a jar that will spoil all its goods.
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!
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!
Do you stick to the same brand or, like me, do you like to mix and match skincare products? Share your thoughts in the comments below.