How to Mix & Match Your Skincare Like a Pro
The jury (i.e. our lead esthetician) has spoken: It's ok to use products from different brands in your skincare routine
Our wonderful customer care team is at the forefront of communications with you, our Onda community. Every day they field your questions, and one that's come up time and again is, "Is it ok to mix and match my skincare?" The response from our lead esthetician and spa director, Viktoria? A resounding YES. So if you're someone who is hesitant to mix and match brands in your daily routine, this post is for you.
Let us start by saying: we understand your hesitation. Sales pressure, marketing, and sometimes misleading information can make you feel that you must use only products from the same brand to see results. Maybe you've been told that adding products from different brands will make the others you are using ineffective, or not work as well as they should. Furthermore, with the amount of clean products on the market these days (and on Onda's shelves!) we know all too well how confusing and even overwhelming it can be to choose the products that will deliver the best results for our skin. But fear not! It's why we're here. We choose to see the plethora of options as empowering; how wonderful to have so many top-notch skincare products that combine the power of science, years of research, and knowledge of natural remedies to choose from!
So Viktoria and the rest of our lovely estheticians have mixed and matched several pairings featuring products from some of our leading clean beauty brands to create simple solutions for your specific skin concerns. Let this post serve as your guide in the beginning, but as you continue on your mix & match journey, feel free to experiment further to find what truly works best for you.
Before we get into the product pairings...
Allow Us to Bust a Few Myths:
Myth #1: Products from the same brand are always designed to work together.
Fact: This is certainly true sometimes, but not always. While it's true that layering order matters (look out for a post about layering your skincare soon!), your skin can't tell if you use a moisturizer from one brand versus another. A well-formulated product from any line will work with a product from any another line, as long as they're appropriate for your skin type.
Myth #2: It’s safer for my skin to use products all from one brand.
Fact: As far as we know, there is no research showing that skin suffers from using products from different brands. In fact, there's no problem with mixing products from different brands, as long as they're well-formulated, without known irritants or potentially harmful ingredients. Not only will your skin be fine, but will likely actually end up being and looking healthier and more radiant with the right combo.
Myth #3: If I don’t use all of a brand’s products, I won’t see maximum results.
Fact: As long as you’re consistently using products that are well-formulated and suitable to your skin type and concern, you should see positive results. But of course, have realistic expectations: few (if any!) products will produce showstopping results overnight. If your goal is clear, radiant, healthy looking skin, then you can absolutely achieve that with consistent use of any of the beautiful products from the many reputable brands we carry at Onda.
So in summary, remember: To build an effective skincare routine that delivers results, focus on the formulas that are right for your skin type and concerns and be consistent.
Power Pairing #1: Protect against environmental stressors by day with BL+'s The Serum + Furtuna Skin's Perla Brillante Daily Renewal Cream
Use in the a.m.; for all skin types, including breakout prone
The proprietary blend in BL+'s bio-active mineral-rich serum strengthens the skin barrier, prevents collagen breakdown, promotes collagen synthesis, and cancels out free radical damage; while Vitamins A, B, C, and K in Furtuna's Perla Brillante cream brighten skin’s tone, improve firmness, and diminish the appearance of age spots, breakouts, and wrinkles.
Power Pairing #2: Regenerate cells and plump skin while you sleep with this super-charged quenching nighttime routine featuring Kat Burki's Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm + Emma Lewisham's Supernatural Sleeping Mask
Use in the p.m.; for skin that is dry/has been exposed to the elements
You’ll wake up ready to face the day with a glowing complexion and plump, hydrated skin. Kat Burki’s cleansing balm repairs and illuminates, while removing stubborn makeup and mascara. Emma Lewisham’s sleeping mask gently exfoliates, encourages production of collagen, and locks in hydration.
Power Pairing #3: Experience unparalleled brightening and prevent hyperpigmentation with Osea’s Ocean Cleanser + Emma Lewisham’s Illuminating Brighten Your Day Crème
Use in the p.m.; for all skin types, except dry & sensitive
This combo will reveal lifted, luminous, and brilliantly bright skin, giving you your daily dose of glow. Osea’s cleanser effectively removes surface impurities, excess oil, and gently exfoliates to minimize the appearance of pores. The Brighten Your Day cream gives you 72-hour hydration, along with antioxidant extracts for a radiant, bouncy, dewy glow. Regenerating AHA and BHA extracts reveal a brighter, clearer, smoother, and more even complexion.
Power Pairing #4: Clear breakouts and balance skin’s production of oil with Living Libations's Best Skin Ever Rose + Marie Veronique's Intensive Repair Serum
Use in the p.m.; for oily or breakout prone skin/those experiencing adult acne
The all-in-one botanical blend from Living Libations can be used as your cleanser (apply on a cotton round and wipe over skin with circular motions), or a moisturizer, or both! Its soothing anti-fungal properties help clear acne and work to make the skin clearer, while also toning and firming. Marie Veronique’s bestselling serum is a powerful solution to tame pimples and to refine skin. Once a week, apply over your face, neck, and décolleté as an exfoliating, skin resurfacing, anti-aging treatment. It may also be used as a spot treatment for breakouts and blemishes–Viktoria recommends using it three evenings in a row to diminish and heal pimples quickly.
Power Pairing #5: Experience pro collagen, anti-aging, firming results for a lifted, plump, vital complexion with Biossance’s Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Serum + Kat Burki’s Bio-Correcting Face Crème
Use in the p.m.; for more mature skin (30+)
The Biossance serum delivers dramatically smoother, more luminous skin overnight. Its powerful yet non irritating squalane-based formula soothes and fortifies for stronger and healthier skin. Kat Burki’s rich, skin-fortifying cream is like a concentrated serum, made to recover skin from the aging process. It combats wrinkles, increases firmness, and heals skin’s deepest layers to reveal the most youthful version of your skin.