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Should You
Be Using Retinol
On Your Skin?

Here’s what you need to know about the anti-ageing ingredient everyone is talking about

Woman With Retinol under Makeup

Retinol is often touted as a wonder ingredient that can help with ageing, dullness and even acne. But what exactly is Retinol, and who should be using it? We answer all these questions and more in our ultimate guide to Retinol. It’s time to demystify dermatologists’ go-to treatment.

What is Retinol cream?

So you're interested in adding it to your skincare routine, but what actually is Retinol cream?

Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A that’s added to topical skincare products. It functions similarly to an antioxidant in that it can help to stop free radical damage, which leads to visible signs of ageing. Retinol has also been proven to speed up collagen production, making it great at brightening skin tone, reducing acne and giving you a healthy glow. While this might make it seem like a wonder ingredient, it’s important to note that Retinol also has a reputation for being very irritating on the skin. Peeling, redness and burning can occur if you use too strong a dose, but there are ways to introduce Retinol into your routine to avoid this—which we’ll talk about in more detail later.

What is Retinol used for?

Retinol is used for improving dark spots and wrinkles, because of this, you’ll often find it in anti-ageing treatments. Retinol is also used for visibly evening out skin’s texture, and can minimise the appearance of pores, so it’s commonly found in formulas that claim to smooth the complexion.

When to use Retinol

If you are in your mid-twenties or older and are starting to see signs of ageing, dullness or fine lines then you may want to start introducing Retinol into your beauty regime. If you do decide to use retnol, remember to avoid applying it at the same time as Vitamin C, and to only ever apply Retinol at night. It’s so strong it can make your skin much more sensitive to UV rays, so stick to using it before bed. It’s also worth noting that whenever you apply Retinol, you should always use an SPF of at least 30 the next day, to keep your sensitized skin protected.  You can find more information on how best to layer your skincare here.

How to use Retinol

If you are using an over-the-counter Retinol, start off with a low percentage formula (.01% to 0.03%) and use a pea-sized amount all over your face, avoiding the sensitive eye and mouth area. Use it a maximum of two times a week at first, to give your skin a chance to adjust to the formula. Slowly increase your usage over time, and eventually you can use it nightly as part of your regime. Our top Retinol product recommendations are Sunday Riley's A+ High Dose Retinod Serum, Drunk Elephant's A-Passioni Retinol Cream and Medik8's Crystal Retinal 3.

We hope you’ve learnt everything you needed to know, from what Retinol is and when to use it to how to use Retinol for the very best results, and now feel confident adding it in to your beauty routine. As long as you wear SPF under your makeup, start using Retinol slowly and only applying it at night, you should start to see results in just a few weeks. Combine this wonder ingredient with at-home facials and a little bit of massage, and you'll be able to say goodbye to your skin worries forever.

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