Retinol is one of our favourite skincare ingredients. It helps to rejuvenate the skin by stimulating new cell growth which brightens, exfoliates, and protects the skin. Retinol is an amazing addition to your skincare routine no matter your skin type, as it can treat and prevent many different skin concerns. So, what is retinol and how should you go about adding it to your daily routine?
What is retinol?
Retinol is a type of retinoid, the broad term for vitamin A derivatives. There are different strengths of retinol included in skincare products. Retinoids stimulate cell production and turnover, which basically means your skin renewal is enhanced.
What conditions can retinol treat?
Retinol is great for treating and preventing lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, skin congestion, acne, and acne scarring.
How do you get started using retinol?
How you use retinol will depend on your skin and the type of product you use. Slowly introduce retinol into your skincare routine for optimal results, as it may cause skin irritation. Start by adding a retinol-based product into your routine two or three days a week for a few weeks, then increase this to build up your skin’s tolerance. Ensure you wear sunscreen during the day, as retinol increases your skin’s UV sensitivity.
Where does retinol fit in the routine?
Retinoid products are best applied to the skin as a serum during your night-time skincare routine. This is the third step out of four. (Cleanser à Toner à Retinol à Moisturiser.) Learn more about the recommended skincare steps here.
Which product should you choose?
There are a lot of skincare products on the market that contain vitamin A or retinoids. The product you choose should depend on your skin type and the concerns you want to treat. If you’re unsure, speak with one of our Skin Doctors or Skin Therapists who can recommend the ideal product for your skin.