Even if you've never used it, you've definitely heard of it. Retinol is one of the most well-known skincare ingredients on the market today. But even those who use it often don't know what they're using it for. Before using retinol, it's a good idea to know the how's, when's, and why's of the ingredient.
What is retinol?
Retinol is an ingredient derived from Vitamin A that helps with renewing youthfulness in skin. Unlike exfoliants, it doesn't remove skin cells. Instead, it gets beneath the outer layer of the skin, to the dermis. There, it helps produce collagen and elastin, while fighting the effects of free radicals. This makes your face look plumper, your skin tighter, and your pores smaller.
How to Introduce Retinol Into Your Routine
Start Slow and Small
You don't have to jump in head first! When you begin using retinol, don't be afraid to start slowly. Your skin will need time to adjust. Every other day or once every three days is more than enough for beginners. As for the amount, it's the same rule as toothpaste. Only a dab! Aim for the size of a pea. It's strong stuff, so you won't need a lot.
Add It In
Retinol might be easier on your skin if you mix it into your moisturizer before using it. On its own, retinol can be a bit drying. Alternatively, you can use a product like our Encapsulated Retinol Beautaniq Booster. Because it's encapsulated and slow-release, it won't dry out your skin or cause similar problems, like harsher products do.
Apply At NIght
You should only be applying retinol at night, or before you go to bed. Retinol is a light-sensitive ingredient. It's the vampire of the skincare world. Going in the sun will make it less effective, which will be a terrible waste of good product. If you must put it on when you're not going to bed, stay in a dark room with the blinds closed.
Note: make sure you use an SPF every day - especially once you introduce retinol into your skincare routine to protect your skin from sun exposu.
Pay Attention To Your Skin
Retinol is great, but it can be really hard on skin, particularly if it's sensitive. You should always keep an eye on your skin, and monitor any changes. Is it drier than usual? More sensitive? If you're noticing worrisome skin irritation, you should stop using your retinol product. Just a bit of dryness? Consider more moisturizer, or a stronger variety.
Take Your Time
It's unfortunate, but true: Nothing ever works immediately. The same is true for retinol. While it's nothing short of a miracle worker for some, it's not going to give you results immediately. Patience is a virtue!