These days, there are many skincare junkies on social media who encourage followers to build a solid routine. They promote a never-ending layering of essences, serums, creams and sunscreens, all for the sake of achieving flawless skin.

However, mindlessly slathering on products won’t always give us the results we’re looking for. Some combinations of popular skincare ingredients can do more harm than good by potentially causing breakouts, dryness, and other irritations. 

Be sure to refrain from combining the following ingredients together.

Benzoyl Peroxide + Retinol 

Applying benzoyl peroxide, an infamous acne treatment, along with retinol can possibly oxidise the retinol, thus reducing its efficacy.

Vitamin C + AHAs or BHAs

Using this combination in your skincare routine can seriously irritate dry or sensitive skin because AHAs will alter the Vitamin C’s pH level and decrease its antioxidant properties.

Retinol + Exfoliants

Retinoids are great for exfoliating your skin. Adding another layer of exfoliants may leave your skin raw and increase the chance of irritation.

Oil-based + Water-based

We all know oil repels water. Hence, using an oil-based skincare product will leave a film on your skin, which prevents water-based formulas from being absorbed. 

Glycolic Acid + Salicylic Acid

Both ingredients are great for removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. Mixing the two, however, will cause a major reaction and strip your skin. 

The Takeaway

The skincare world is continuously evolving and creating more efficient products. It is understandable to be tempted to try everything. 

Remember to always make sure that the products and ingredients you’re incorporating in your routine work well together so you can use them effectively and avoid possible irritations.

Do you know of any other skincare ingredients that we should all avoid? Share with us by commenting below!

Eating well, exercising regularly, and living a healthy lifestyle are some of the most commonly known tips on getting youthful and healthy skin. While your diet and lifestyle significantly impact your skin condition, there are more steps you can take to maintain glowing and younger-looking skin. 

Stay Hydrated 

The number one secret to youthful skin – drinking enough water – is not a myth. Staying adequately hydrated keeps your skin from looking dull, saggy, and loose! While we often think that face moisturisers are sufficient to help keep our skin hydrated, what actually helps alleviate aging or dehydration symptoms isn’t moisturisation, it’s hydration. 

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Always step out with sunscreen as the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage your DNA cells, cause discolouration, deteriorate the collagen in your skin or worse, increase your risk of skin cancer. A clean, mineral-based SPF should be applied daily, all year round, not only to prevent premature signs of aging, but also overall skin health. 

Sound Sleep

Yet another important reason to prioritise sleep: adequate beauty sleep assists in cell turnover for restoration, detox, and collagen production. Research has shown that poor sleep quality can contribute to increased signs of skin aging like fine lines and wrinkles, so go to bed an hour earlier for #WokeUpLikeThis skin. 


Like dust on a glossy surface, the buildup of dead, surface skin cells can make even the most lustrous skin lackluster and ashy. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells that cause your complexion to appear dull and rough. Once they are removed, new skin cells can be produced. Exfoliation often provides immediate results, revealing a more glowy complexion and softer skin. 

Danai Divine Advanced Aesthetics @ Danai Wellness

Treating yourself to a Divine Aesthetics facial once every 3 – 5 weeks can benefit your skin in many ways. More than just an hour of indulgent pampering, Divine Aesthetics offers a variety of facial treatments for different skin types and cosmetic concerns performed by experienced and well-trained aestheticians to help with aging, collagen production, and skin elasticity among others.

Are you ready to say hello to younger looking skin? Get in touch today and find out how we can help your skin evolve into the best version of itself. 

Don’t Forget SPF!

Most of us probably grew up hearing about the importance of sunscreen but many still do not wear it. Soaking up a little sun is good for your overall well-being but too much of a good thing can be bad too. There are two types of harmful UV rays: UVA and UVB – both can cause damage to your skin.

UVA rays cause premature aging while UVB rays cause sunburns. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is generally recommended for everyday usage. 

Sunscreen should be included in everyone’s daily routine. 

Here are 5 reasons why sunscreen is important and why you should apply it everyday.

Skin cancer prevention

The UV rays radiated from the sun are carcinogenic so sunscreens are essential to prevent the formation of skin cancers. There are three types of skin cancers, namely squamous cell skin cancer, basal cell skin cancer, and melanoma. Melanoma can be lethal if left untreated. Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancers affecting Malaysians so do make it a habit to wear sunscreen every day before going outdoors.  

Prevent premature ageing

Another common condition caused by excessive exposure to the sun is premature aging. Overexposure to ultraviolet rays breaks down the skin’s elastin and collagen, thus causing the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Regular sunscreen usage will ensure that you stay youthful and radiant. 

Sunscreen is important for all skin types

Absolutely no one should forgo sunscreen application, regardless of skin colour or type. Yes, people with lighter complexions are more susceptible to skin cancers but this does not mean that people with darker complexions are immune. Sun damage is cumulative so it is important to take early preventative measures by wearing sunscreen daily. 

Sunscreen evens your skin tone 

In addition to causing wrinkles and fine lines, sun damage also causes discolouration and pigmentation to your skin. Sunscreen is an effective tool to help prevent discolouration and brown spots from forming. Spare your skin and start slathering on that sunscreen because discolouration is stubborn and difficult to get rid of. Besides, sunscreen does help to reduce the appearance of facial redness and blotches.

The ozone layer is depleting 

The ozone layer acts as a natural sun shield for the earth as it absorbs harmful ultraviolet radiation. However, the ozone layer is slowly depleting so sunscreen should be used for added protection to combat destructive UV rays.      

Frankly, the benefits of wearing sunscreen are endless. There is a wide variety of sunscreens out there for every skin type so get yourself some SPF today (and if you still don’t, what are you doing?).

Trust us, your skin will thank you in the long run. 

‘Which is more effective?’

Having body hair is a normal and natural occurrence but most people, especially women, choose to get rid of it due to hygiene or aesthetic purposes. 

There is a wide array of hair removal methods that one can use, including shaving, plucking, waxing, and laser hair removal among others.

While shaving and plucking are easier and more accessible, many opt to go for waxing and laser hair removal for longer-lasting results. 

In recent years, laser hair removal has become a more sought-after option to get rid of body hair because of its many benefits. 

Laser hair removal is a technique whereby pulses of laser light are aimed at a particular area of the body to remove the hair. With the Soft Light technology, our Permanent Hair Removal S-Light service is effective enough to even detect hair on darker skin tones and pale-coloured hair. 

1. Pain level

Laser hair removal is also considerably less painful compared to waxing. Waxing is definitely much more painful because hair is physically ripped off the skin using hot wax, whereas laser treatments only cause minimal discomfort. 

2. Side effects

The Permanent Hair Removal S-Light treatment is also completely safe and poses no side effects. Laser hair treatment is more efficient for a smoother hair removal process compared to waxing because waxing often causes ingrown hairs and is also time consuming. With laser hair removal, unwanted hair follicles will be completely destroyed, thus preventing the formation of ingrown hairs. 

3. Price point

Laser hair removal is a more cost-effective treatment as it guarantees better results in the long run compared to the waxing method. 

That being said,  feel free to book an appointment with Danai Divine Advanced Aesthetics today!