We’ve all been there..
Walking around scanning Beauty Aisles looking for something that’s going to transform your dull skin to amazing skin in an hot minute.
Instead of REALLY knowing what you’re looking for you arrive back home with numerous potion looking pots of clinical serums and creams to slather on without any game plan because after all the ingredients LOOK good.
Well instead of doing that, instead you may want to pay attention to one particular ingredient, Retinol AKA Vitamin A.
It’s been hailed by Dermatologists, Beauty Experts, Doctors and Skincare Gurus as the only proven ingredient to work as an Anti-ageing active which is quite the feat for a naturally derived Vitamin.
So what does it do?
Firstly it exfoliates the skin and helps speed up new skin cell production to reveal fresher, brighter and more younger looking skin. Some people debate as to whether Retinol does exfoliate and that it is a side effect known as peeling, but either way exfoliating and using Retinol together should be avoided as Retinol does all that and more.
The great thing about Retinol is that amazingly it helps communicate with skin cells:
‘’Retinol is an extremely effective cell-communicating ingredient that has the ability to connect to almost any skin cell receptor site and tell it to behave like a healthy, younger skin cell,” explains Dendy Engelman, MD, a New York-based dermatologist.
So basically its your skins new best friend and all those days telling your skin what to do in the mirror are over. This process helps to even out skin tone, reduce bumpiness and scars, refine the overall look of skin and help fade pigmentation. Hurrah.
Sounds great? Well it just gets better because secondly, it stimulates Collagen production in the skin, this makes skin plumper and bouncier so fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin appear firmer and younger looking. Because Collagen reduces in your skin over time its never a bad idea to incorporate this into your skincare routine. Collagen strengthens your connective tissues meaning its great for avoiding crepey, dull and droopy skin. Retinol also helps in strengthening and thickening skin overall so your skin is stronger and less prone to wrinkling.
According to researchers from Harvard Health, Retinol can also stimulate new blood vessels in the skin, which improves overall skin colour giving you a natural healthy glow. Its just gets better and better.
You can also use Retinol on your hands, neck, feet, décolletage and chest to improve skin texture, tone and feel.
So when is a good time to start using Retinol?
If you have pigmentation, breakouts or dulling skin a good time to start using it is in your mis twenties as it can help control and prevent these issues. But if your skin is relatively OK there’s no need to introduce it until your late twenties/early thirties. There’s no set recommended time to incorporate it and you can introduce it at any time that works for you.
How often should I use Retinol?
Well if you’re new to using Retinol, then once to twice a week is fine and then build it up. This gives your skin time to adjust to all the amazing changes about to take place and will help your skin gain a tolerance to the ingredient. Use a moisturiser after every use to seal in hydration so you’re skin doesn’t peel.
If you’re a Retinol Pro, you know what to do.
Retinol or Retin-not – when is it not a good time to use Retinol?
If your skin is very, very dry its not a good idea to use retinol everyday. The best thing to do would be to start using a hydrating moisturiser and drink lots of water to build your skin hydration levels up and then introduce retinol to your skin every other day in very small amounts. If irritation occurs, give more of a gap in between uses, use less product and be patient with your skin.
If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or wanting to conceive now is not a good time to start using retinol and we advise against it as too much vitamin A build up in the body is considered unsafe.
If your skin is Sensitive, Eczema Prone, Broken, Inflamed or Compromised we recommend not using the Serum as this can cause further damage to the epidermal barrier (We’d opt for a coffee scrub instead you can find these here). Rosacea and Psoriasis sufferers should also avoid using Retinol as it can exacerbate inflammation in these conditions.
Lastly if you’re using the product frequently and you notice redness, peeling, drying or itchiness we’d advise using the product less frequently until your skin has time to adapt and repair.
When should I use Retinol?
Retinol can make your skin photo sensitive to the sun, so if you do use it in the day always wear a high factor, broad spectrum sunscreen. We would also advice using the product at night as Sunlight can cause the product to become less active and less effective.
Should I use moisturiser with it every time?
Yes we advise applying retinol to clean dry skin, then waiting 15/30 minutes then apply moisturiser.
So overall the Benefits of Using Retinol seem to cover most bases when you’re on the quest for gorgeous, even, juicy looking skin. But its powerful, so proceed with care and Retinol will take care of the Rest.
If you’re liking the sound of this product and want to give it a go, you can purchase our 1% Egyptian Gold retinol Serum here. We’ve added Hyaluronic Acid alongside Pure, Distilled water to our Serum so you skin will remain hydrated between uses and Jojoba Oil so replenish and nourish skin throughout. According to researchers Reza Kafi, MD; Heh Shin R. Kwak, MD; Wendy E. Schumacher, BS; et al in their 2007 study of Retinol, using Hyaluronic Acid with Retinol speeds up the time at which water is absorbed into your skin.
Get Ready To Glow!
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