Do I Need To Use Retinol On My Skin?
Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Peptides — each season we’re exposed to brand new terms and the latest active ingredients for our skin. One of the tried-and-true ingredients that has been talked about for decades is Retinol, but how much do we know about this ingredient and if it’s right for our skin? We investigate.
What Is Retinol?
Retinol is a type of retinoid that is made up from a derivative of Vitamin A. It is an extremely powerful ingredient that is usually mixed into a cream in very small amounts to be applied to your skin. The application method and impact will be different for each person based on their skin type and desired results.
Dermatologists have long been fan’s of this active ingredient for the ability to improve the appearance of your skin in the following ways:
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Reducing age spots and sun damage
- Improve your skin’s texture
- Increasing collagen production
- Improve acne
Are There Risks with Retinol?
Like any active ingredient, Retinol might not be the best for everyone’s skin. If you have sensitive or easily get irritated, retinol could be too harsh for your skin type.
Where Do I Get Retinol?
While there are some products sold over the counter (or on the internet) that include Retinol, if you’re just beginning it is best to consult your Dermatologist and consider getting a prescription from them.
How To Use Retinol
When you begin using retinol, you’ll want to start off gradually by applying it as the last step in your skincare routine. Once you’re sure your skin can handle it, you can increase the frequency over time. Whenever using retinol, it imperative to start with low concentrations and always use SPF throughout the day. If irritation occurs, you should immediately stop using it. Again, as with any new treatment, always consult your Dermatologist first to learn of any contraindications or risk factors.
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