Retinol has grown in popularity and is renowned as youth in a bottle for its ability to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne. But what makes retinol so beneficial for the skin? Let’s explore the benefits of retinol and how it can help improve the overall health and appearance of your skin.
What are the benefits of using retinol?
The most well-known benefit of retinol is — of course, its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol works by stimulating collagen production, which helps to plump up the skin and smooth out wrinkles. It also increases skin cell turnover, which helps to remove dead skin cells and reveal brighter, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin.
It helps to clear skin
Retinol is also well known for its ability to clear acne. Vitamin A helps to unclog pores, reduce inflammation, and slow the production of excess oil, which all contributes to clearer and healthier-looking skin. It can also fade dark spots and other skin trauma like acne or sun damage.
It has antioxidant properties
Retinol is also rich in antioxidant properties, which help to protect the skin from damage caused by environmental factors such as UV radiation, pollution, and smoke. This can help to prevent the formation of new wrinkles and age spots, as well as to preserve the overall health and youthful appearance of the skin.
Retinol is in so many different types skincare products these days, from serums and creams to masks and peels. It can be used alone or together with other ingredients to intensify its effects and address other types of skincare concerns. My favourite? The Synergie Skin Ultimate A, because it’s a beautiful and non-irritating form of vitamin A. Available directly from their website for $139, it’s definitely worth the investment.
So how do you incorporate it into your routine?
There are different strength levels to retinol, which are:
- Low-strength retinol – 0.01% to 0.03%
- Moderate-strength retinol – 0.03% to 0.3%
- High-strength retinol – 0.3%-1%
When starting out, its recommended to start with a low strength retinol and using it once a week. Pop it on to a freshly cleansed face at night. You can follow it up with a hydrating night cream, or nothing at all if you prefer. It’s important to note that retinol can increase the skin sensitivity to sun exposure, so you have to make sure you use a high protection sunscreen on daily basis while using retinol products, especially the day after you have applied it.
While retinol is generally considered safe for most skin types, you still have to be really careful when introducing a new ingredient into your skincare routine. Always do a patch test before using any new product. Anytime I try a new retinol, I patch test on the side of my face near my ear, to ensure that my skin doesn’t experience irritation or redness.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post, Retinol: The Secret to Smooth, Clear, and Youthful Skin!
Until next time,
Melissa Jayne x