How to use Retinol 101

How to use Retinol 101

    You have heard of countless tales of retinol's ability to reduce wrinkles. But, are you aware of the benefits of this hero ingredient or what it can do for your skin?

    Consumers seeking youthful skin and occasionally declaring war on fine lines and wrinkles are familiar with our hero, Retinol.

    So who is this hero, we keep talking about?

    Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A (retinoid), a fat-soluble vitamin present in foods such as eggs, carrots, and sweet potatoes, along with other retinoids (such as retinoic acid, adapalene, retinaldehyde, and retinyl palmitate).

    We are done with tough words for today. Let us now get to the benefits. Retinol for the skin can not only help prevent and reduce the indications of ageing but also speed up the healing of dark spots by acting like a rejuvenate.

    Retinol’s exfoliating characteristics aid in sloughing off black cells to reveal lighter skin beneath making it the perfect ingredient used in anti-wrinkling products.

    Benefits of using retinol may include:

    • Skin rejuvenation
    • Minimising the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
    • Getting a more even skin tone that is smoother, fuller, and more radiant
    • Decreasing age spots, sunspots, and hyperpigmentation
    • Helping regulate oily skin and
    • Minimising breakouts

    When to apply Retinol?

    Retinol-containing products rejuvenate your skin by removing layers of dead cells, leaving your skin extra sensitive after use. Therefore, the best time to use retinol products is during the PM when you are asleep. This prevents exposure of your sensitive skin to harsh sun rays. You might accidentally cause damage to your skin if you use these products during the day.

    Wrong application of retinol sounds dangerous, doesn't it? Here's a guide that will keep you safe

    • Start with a low-percentage OTC retinol product (.01 per cent to 0.03 per cent). It's possible that using greater percentages at the beginning will irritate you.
    • Begin by cleansing with an oil or gel-based cleanser to remove your makeup. Wash your face thoroughly to prevent product buildup.
    • Apply a toner to your skin.
    • Apply a pea-sized amount of retinol to the tip of your index finger. Place three dots on your forehead, three in the centre of your face/cheeks, and three between your jawline and chin with the retinol.
    • Gently massage the product into your skin.
    • During the initial week of use, use your retinol product 2-3 times per week and progressively increase the usage.
    • Apply your moisturiser next(preferably 10 to 20 after the application of retinol).
    • If you have dry skin, apply face oil on top of your skincare products to seal them in.

    We will bid our adieu with one last thought.

    The use of Retinol is like running in a marathon. It will take some time to see results, so you have to ditch the idea of instant gratification. To reap the advantages of Retinol without dryness or irritation, give the skin a slow drip. We recommend using Retinol regularly for the rest of your life until we find a better anti-ageing product.