Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative with potent anti-aging effects. These include increasing skin cell turnover, boosting elastin/collagen production, and diminishing hyperpigmentation. The end result is even skin tone with a beautiful glow and fewer fine lines....
If you're looking to reduce visible signs of aging, this is one of the topical, over-the-counter options available. That being said, younger people will also enjoy retinol's ability to reduce blemishes and dark spots from breakouts.
There are many different forms of retinol. They're often referred to as retinoids and can have different brand names or styles based on their differences. Many of them aim to make retinol a little more gentle on our skin.
The best time of day to use retinol is in the evening. Applying retinol at bedtime is a game-changer! As far as frequency, you probably want to use it once or twice a week.
Like many active ingredients, retinol is mostly very safe. However, it can cause dryness and irritation for people with sensitive skin. Additionally, it is not safe for anyone who is pregnant or nursing.
Finally, like many other skincare products, retinoids cause increased sensitivity to UV rays. This means that you must take care to use sunscreen/SPF while using retinol.
A little bit of peeling, especially when first starting to use retinol, is normal. However, If you're using a retinol product and experience any of these other side effects, please discontinue use. Reach out to us so we can help find a suitable alternative.
If you are wondering how you can safely incorporate this powerful rejuvenating tool into your skincare routine, read this blog post: How To Choose The Best Retinol For Your Skin Type.