Introducing Retinol - Doesn’t have to be scary?
What is retinol?
When to Start?
Integrate Retinol Slowly and Gently
Use a Gentle Cleanser & specifically designed Moisturizer
Make it Easier by adapting your routine :
Don’t Stop at Your Face
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!
Watch Out for Harsh Side Effects