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Introducing Retinol - Doesn’t have to be scary?

Despite all its benefits, many people may be afraid to incorporate retinol into their beauty routine. It doesn't matter if you fear that this will make your skin more sensitive or drier, or if you just have a little doubt about how to use it or how it will interact with other products. It is actually easy to incorporate retinol into your beauty routine.

What is retinol?

To get back to basics, retinol, along with other retinoids like retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate, is essentially a derivative of vitamin A, which is one of the body's most important nutrients for increasing cell turnover. It is added to topical skin care products to promote skin renewal, lighten skin tone, reduce acne, and increase collagen production. It also works as an antioxidant to fight free radical damage that leads to visible signs of aging. It is the ingredient that does it all. Considered the gold standard in skin care and removes dead skin cells, helps with clogged pores and dull skin.
Start in your mid 20's or early 30's Thirty has long been the best year to introduce retinol into everyday life, but many people start early, motivated by the first signs of aging, such as sun spots or crow's feet, or just eager to get a head start and use the latest technology, preferably under the close supervision of your dermatologist.

When to Start?

Integrate Retinol Slowly and Gently

Balance is key, retinol can be very irritating if used too often or if the formulation is too harsh on the skin. Start with a pea-sized amount of a low-percentage formulation (0.01% to 0.03%) over the counter and use twice a week, gradually increasing usage to give skin a chance to acclimate. Also, you should skip your retinol product the day before your exfoliation. Exfoliation is abrasive and irritating, and you don't want to increase irritation by making your skin more sensitive to retinol. Same will apply before cosmetic treatements (lasers, microneedling, microdermabrasion). Often introducing a specifically enriched Moisturizer will help alleviate the discomforts.
Retinol can be super harsh and drying, adapting your routine with gentle and extra-nourishing product will make a huge difference in the way your skin tolerate Retinol.

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Don’t Stop at Your Face

When using a retinol-infused product, don't neglect your neck or cleavage, notorious for the signs of aging but often overlooked. If these areas seem too sensitive for your current formula, mix it with some ceramide-infused moisturizer before applying.

TIPS

TIP #1 - Apply at Night

Retinol should always be applied at night. It is particularly sensitive to light, so it is stored in dark or opaque packaging. To avoid unnecessary sun damage, always apply retinol only at bedtime.

TIP #2 - Start Slow

One of the most common mistakes people make when they start taking retinol is to use it every night. For many people this is too prevalent, especially when their skin adjusts! To get your skin used to retinol, start using it twice a week (every three days) at night. If you don't have redness or peeling the next day, you can replenish it every other day, and even every day if your skin can handle it.

TIP #3 - Use Pea-Size Amount

Another common mistake people make is using too much product. With retinol, a little goes a long way, so all you really need is a pea-sized amount to cover your entire face.

TIP #4 - Mix It Up

One tip to help your skin get used to retinol is to mix your retinol with your facial moisturizer and then apply it to your skin. This makes the retinol a little softer on your skin, which is great if you have sensitive skin. Over time, you can move on to applying the retinol directly to your skin without the moisturizer. Another option is to first apply the moisturizer to your face as a barrier and then apply the retinol on top.

TIP #5 - Monitor Dryness

As you start using retinol and gradually increase the frequency of use, you need to monitor how dry and flaky your skin becomes. This is usually one of the side effects of retinol, especially during the first few weeks. As your skin gets used to the treatment, you will notice the redness and flaking decrease, which is a sign that you can increase the frequency of use if you wish.

TIP #6 - Give it Time

Retinol is not an overnight solution to your skin problems. In fact, you probably won't see any significant results for 12 weeks, which is the generally recommended period of time to use the product consistently. Retinol will give you great results over time, so don't give up if you don't see results in the first week.

TIP #7 - Always use sunscreen

The morning after using retinol. Your skin will be particularly sensitive to sunlight, so it is important to protect it.

TIP #8 - Be patient

You probably won't see any visible results until you've been using the product for at least 12 weeks!

While certain side effects, such as mild irritation, dryness, and sun sensitivity, are normal when your skin adjusts to the active ingredient, severe peeling, redness, and burning are not, and those with particularly sensitive or struggling skin conditions like rosacea or eczema, you should be careful with retinol or avoid all together.

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