Retinol is one of the best active ingredients to treat many skin concerns, however, it's important to know how to use your Retinol to get the best results. Whether you're new to using Retinol or you're a seasoned pro, our Professional Skin Therapists have given you a go-to guide on everything you need to know when using Reinol products.
Use SPF daily
Retinol, Retinal and Retinoids speed up the cell renewal process in the skin, which makes your skin more sensitive to the effects of UV radiation. When using Retinol, it's imperative that you invest in a sunscreen that you like, and apply it daily, reapplying every 2 hours if your skin is exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time.
Only use Retinol at night
Always use Retinol at night. This keeps your Retinol stable and prevents again sun related skin sensitivity, plus your skin utilises this active best overnight.
Slow and steady
When you first introduce Retinol into your skincare regimen, build up usage to allow the skin to acclimatise to this new active. We advise using your Retinol every other night at first, for 4-6 weeks, assess your skin and progress to nightly use if suitable. Continue to monitor skin and if dryness or redness occurs, reduce frequency.
Consider lifestyle factors
Lifestyle factors like stress, climate and travel can all sensitise the skin and result in you temporarily having to reduce the frequency of how often you use Retinol. Reinstate regular use once skin is back to a normal, healthy state.
Take it easy on other exfoliants
Retinol powerfully renews the skin, it is best to alternate Retinol with other actives such as Hydroxy Acids, i.e using Retinol at night and your Hydroxy Acids in the morning, or even every couple of days depending on your unique skin. If you're a frequent Retinol user and want to use other Hydroxy Acids such as Salicylic Acid, read our guide to using Salicylic Acid and Retinol.
Be mindful around your eye area
Take caution when applying your Retinol treatment near the delicate skin around the eyes and lips. If you're looking to reap the benefits of Retinol in these areas, try Age Reversal Eye complex, a Retinol treatment specifically designed for use around the eyes.
A little goes a long way
Use the recommended amount of Retinol (and no more!). Typically, this is a pea-sized amount if using a Retinol serum. The size of a grain of rice is recommended for Retinol eye treatments, applying ony on the skin around the eyes and not the eye lids.