What is Retinol?
Retinol is a retinoid, a class of compounds including retinol, tretinoin, adapalene, tazarotene, alitretinoin, and bexarotene. All retinoids, including retinol, are derivatives of vitamin A, a naturally occurring vitamin that helps cells reproduce normally. When applied to the skin, retinoids encourage cells to turn over rapidly. This means that the cells die, slough off, and leave room for the new skin below.
- Treat acne
- Clear pores
- Increase collagen and boost elasticity
- Decrease hyper pigmentation
- Brightens skin
- Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
- Refines skin tone & texture
Retinols have multiple sides effects and will vary depending on the user and the formulation. Common side effects are irritation, redness, and skin drying.
Who should use?
Although the side effects are there, retinols are generally safe for use by most. Most skincare professionals say that retinol should be introduced into skincare routines for most people in their 20s, usually mid-20s. This is when our skin shows signs of slowing down cell and collagen production.
Can sensitive skin use retinol?
While every person is different, and no skincare advice is universal – yes. Most dermatologists agree the sensitive skin can be trained to tolerate retinol. As long as it’s introduced and used properly.
How to introduce retinol to skincare regime?
Start in the 20's:
Thirty has long been thought to be the beauty standard when it comes to introducing anti-aging ingredients into your skincare routine, would recommend starting to use retinol in your mid-to-late 20s. Many times, the signs of aging are not yet visible in your 20s, but retinol can help strengthen the skin and prevent future wrinkles.
Products containing retinol should be phased gradually into your skincare routine, as they can initially cause irritation if used too frequently, or if the formulation is too strong. Start with one to two times per week, slowly increasing the usage to give your skin a chance to acclimate to the retinol.
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 retinol, intense flaking, redness, and burning are not and those with especially sensitive skin should stay away from retinol all together.
Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays and sunlight decreases its efficacy, so be sure to incorporate an anti-aging sunscreen. And try not to use it on those days when you’re planning to spend extended time in direct sunlight. Do not forget to protect your skin from UV damage every day with an SPF higher than 30, even when it’s cloudy.
When will we see the results?
When using retinol, don’t be surprised if you don’t see immediate results after only a couple uses. Depending on your skin type, it could take weeks or even months to see any improvement on your skin. If you have moderate to severe acne, it could take up to 12 weeks or longer to see major results. However, once you do start seeing improvement then you’ll be thankful you kept up with your routine!
In order to help your skin look its best while using retinol, it’s recommended to use vitamin C along with your retinoid. Vitamin C helps to hydrate your skin and protect it from any potential sun damage, so it’s best to incorporate it into your morning routine. Since retinol is a stronger formula that repairs the skin, it’s best to use it at night before you go to bed.
Advantages of our Repair Serum?
Repair- Anti wrinkle serum which has a formulation containing 2.5% retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid aloe vera, jojoba oil, green tea extract, and other botanical extracts. Retinol has been clinically proven to work continually for weeks. The longer you use it, the better results you’ll achieve. Expect significant improvement in the condition of skin in as few as 12 weeks.
Using AHA & BHA with Retinol?
There is a common misconception that you can’t combine retinol with an AHA (glycolic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant. In fact, research showed that the anti-ageing benefits of retinol are boosted when you combine it with an AHA (glycolic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant in the right amounts.
Please note: As both retinol and AHAs or BHA are active ingredients, keep an eye on how your skin reacts when used together. You may need to experiment to find the right balance for your skin.