Should You Start Using Retinol?

There are a lot of trends out there when it comes to the wellness and beauty world. Skin care is no exception. It seems like every other day someone has found a miracle elixir or ingredient that’s supposed to be utterly life-changing.

We’re calling b.s. on that.

We absolutely want you to try new and fun things. Having fun learning about your skin and experimenting with different products is a huge part of skin care. Along the way, it’s important to maintain a steady regimen with products and ingredients that get the job done. Retinol is one of those tried and true staples.

For whatever reason though, Retinol can be intimidating to even the most seasoned skin care veterans. Our aim is to lessen that intimidation.

Being that we are a skin care blog, a lot of our readers are already good about applying skin care products. Whether it’s your favorite serum or moisturizer, chances are you already have a set skin care routine. For whatever reason though, Retinol can be intimidating to even the most seasoned skin care veterans. Our aim is to lessen that intimidation.

Here are a few answers to the most common questions we hear:

What is retinol?

As with anything involving something you put on your face or body, we recommend understanding what it is before buying it. Retinol is a type of Vitamin A derivative that helps stimulate collagen production and promotes new cell growth. As a result, it helps produce smoother and younger looking skin.

When should you start using it?

A good rule of thumb when it comes to Retinol is to start applying it in your late 20s or early 30s. During this age is when you will first start seeing signs of aging. This is the prime time to invest in preventative products for the skin. Although, there are some people who are prone to breaking out that swear by Retin A and Retinol. Keep this in mind if you’re looking for a smoother, more even toned complexion.

The earlier you start addressing signs of aging, the easier it is to maintain a more youthful look. We’re all about aging with grace here. That comes with taking care of your skin, not avoiding it altogether.

How should you apply it?

Our founder, Pamela has this to say, “When starting off with retinol, I recommend using a lesser percentage just twice a week. Due to its active properties, retinol is not a product you want to over apply. When you feel more comfortable with adding it to your routine, it might be time to increase the percentage.” With that in mind, we recommend starting off with our Retinol 0.25% just twice a week.

It’s also important to apply retinol to the right areas of the face. Many people believe that you should wait 20 minutes after you cleanse to apply Retinol or Retin A to ensure the surface of the skin is dry and ready to accept product. Putting Retinol on wet skin will dilute the product giving less of a result. A key point here is to avoid the corners of the nose or the smile lines if they are deep. If the retinol were to flow into the skin’s creases and set overnight, you risk having a more aggressive reaction. To that end, we want to make sure to smooth out the retinol during application and to make sure it’s properly absorbed into your skin.

Why does my skin feel dry after using retinol?

Dryness is the number one complaint we hear about Retinol.

Dryness and peeling are common after a Vitamin A, or Retinol, application. People often see this happen around their mouth or other areas of heavier application. If you are aiming to treat your crows feet, for instance, you might start to see some dryness around the eyes. Don’t worry though! All you need to do is apply an enzyme mask two to three times a week to remove the dryness. The enzymes will digest the skin and lift microscopic skin cells that are causing dryness from Retinol application.

What are the benefits?

With all this fuss most people wonder if Retinol is even worth adding to your routine. We understand your hesitation, but believe us when we tell you the results you will see in your skin are worth it. You will get the glowing skin you’ve always wanted. You’ll start to see fine lines soften and disappear. Solar damage (as long as you are using sunscreen) will begin to minimize. With that in mind, Retinol can increase your sensitivity to the sun. Make sure to always apply an SPF 30 to prevent further sun damage or an unintended sunburn.
To sum up, use Retinol correctly and your skin will thank you. Healthy skin is happy skin in our book.


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