A Derm’s Guide To Skin-Care Ingredients That Work Together Like A Dream (& Ones That Don’t)

What ingredient pairs well with hyaluronic acid? Should you use retinol with other actives? In a 2021 BDG Trends Group survey, we found that over 30% of people polled said they feel unsure about which products do and don’t work well together. To clear up the confusion, we consulted a board-certified dermatologist for her big do’s and don’ts when it comes to pairing ingredients. Tap on to learn how to ensure your skin-care routine is in solid shape.

Hyaluronic Acid + Retinol = Do

Hyaluronic acid and retinol are basically skin-care BFFs, according to New York City board-certified dermatologist Marisa Garshick. As she explains: “Retinol [which helps increase cell turnover] works really well with hyaluronic acid, because retinols have the potential to be drying, and hyaluronic acid can help to boost hydration and prevent any tightness and flaking.” She suggests using an HA-spiked serum or moisturizer before you apply your retinol at night to inject the skin with moisture and help stave off the drying effects of vitamin A.

Try this product combo: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Serum + Sunday Riley Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil