Updated: Feb 13, 2021

Our quick guide to incorporating retinol into your skincare routine...

What is retinol?

Retinol alongside other retinoids, such as retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate—is essentially a derivative of vitamin A, which is one of the body's key nutrients for boosting cell turnover. It is added to topical skincare products to promote skin renewal, brighten skin tone, reduce acne, and boost the collagen production, It also functions like an antioxidant to help address free radical damage, which leads to visible signs of ageing.

Always integrate retinol slowly..

Balance is critical, Retinol can be irritating if used too frequently or if the formulation is too strong for your skin. start off with a pea-sized amount of a low percentage formula (.01% to 0.03%), and use it two times per week, slowly increasing the usage to give the skin a chance to acclimate. Always remember to skip your retinol product on the day before you exfoliate. Exfoliation can be abrasive and irritating, and you do not want to compound the skin irritation by heightening your skin’s sensitivity, you should also take a break from retinol if you are planning on having any in clinic treatments such as - laser/IPL, micro-needling, microdermabrasion, injectables or semi permanent makeup.

Watch out for side effects

While certain side effects, such as mild irritation, dryness, and sun sensitivity are normal as your skin adjusts to the active, intense flaking, redness, and burning are not and those with sensitive skin, or who struggle with conditions like rosacea or eczema, should be wary of retinol or not use it all together. If you cannot tolerate retinol, don't worry It's not the only anti-ager! There are plenty of amazing anti-ageing ingredients, that work beautifully without any irritation or sun sensitivity such as Vitamin-C.

Only use Retinol at night and be sure to wear SPF every day

Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays and sunlight decreases the efficacy of the product, only use retinoids at night and be diligent about applying a daily broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher during the day.

Don’t stop at your face

When applying a retinol-infused elixir, don't neglect your neck or décolletage, which are areas notorious for showing the signs of ageing, yet often neglected. If those areas seem too sensitive for your current formula, add a moisturiser with the retinol serum onto your palm before smoothing it on, or pick up a separate retinoid made specifically for the area in question, they typically contain a lower dose of vitamin A and loads of soothers.

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