If you are into skincare already or just started your research, you probably came across retinol. This ingredient is often described as the most effective to fight wrinkles and other skin imperfections like acne or uneven skin tone.
It is a form of Vitamin A which plays a key role in helping cells regenerate. Not to be confused with retinoids, which is the umbrella term for all the Vitamin A compounds and derivatives — including retinoic acid and retinol. Vitamin A isn’t naturally produced by the body, so topical application to the skin is the best way to reap its benefits.
Retinol helps rejuvenate your skin by stimulating natural collagen production. It also speeds up skin cell turnover to reveal newer, brighter skin which leads to glowing and younger-looking skin. Retinol also delivers visible improvements in dark spots, pores, and wrinkles.
When you start using a product containing an appropriate amount of retinol for your skin, you will be able to notice reduced appearance of fine lines, improved elasticity, smoother skin texture and more even skin tone. Retinol’s exfoliation mechanism helps improve the appearance of blemishes by preventing dead skin cells from clogging pores.
The best time to use it is the evening after cleansing and toning. Apply retinol on dry skin. You will only need a pea-sized amount on your fingertips. Dab the product onto your face avoiding the eyes and massage that in until it’s absorbed into the skin. Layer your night cream on top.
Limit the initial use to twice a week and gradually increase the frequency as tolerated.
If your skin is sensitive and dry – divide your week into active (retinol) days and to your resting/healing days. In between using retinol, use ceramide-infused moisturizer.
In the morning it is critical to use broad-spectrum sunscreen. Minimum factor 30. (Even in winter!)
This may lead to further skin irritation and excessive dryness and breakouts.
Due to its exfoliating mechanism, retinol increases skin sensitivity and potential irritation. Extensive sun exposure is not recommended. Also if you undergo laser treatments, chemical peels or microneedling you should stop retinol for at least 7 days before.
It should not be used during pregnancy.
There is not a single best retinol for your skin.
Our advice is to start your retinol journey from the lower concentration.
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