If there's one hero ingredient beauty editors hear about time and time again from dermatologists and facialists, it's retinol.
They swear by its ability to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of large pores and refine the skin's texture like nothing else. So for the uninitiated, what exactly is retinol, and how should you be using it? Retinol is, in the most simplest sense, an antioxidant derivative of vitamin A. Retinol has had a bit of a bad reputation for causing drying and flakiness, and is a no-no for sensitive skin, but it really is a key ingredient in skincare.
The aesthetic skin therapist, Jasmina Vico , says, "retinol is a hero in terms of skincare. It increases collagen production in order to prevent wrinkles forming by improving elasticity of the skin.
This is exactly what we want. In addition, retinol can also help to manage other skin conditions such as acne and eczema, as well as improving discolorations to the skin. And if you have sun damage, retinol can also help to reverse some of the side effects, too. Dr Marco Lens, founder of skincare brand Zelens, agrees. It increases skin thickness, improves skin texture and tone leading to smoother and firmer skin.
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It also evens out skin tone and helps with skin discolourations. Vico recommends to her clients to use retinol post-summer and during the winter months for a period of one month at a time, or apply it as a booster for a special occasion to give your skin an instant glow. This will regenerate your skin without going over-board.
She recommends that complete beginners should try SkinCeuticals Retinol 0. Any of the very effective ones are quite chemical-smelling and don't have the best texture. But you really do get over that once you see the difference it can make to your skin.
If you don't mind using oils, then there are a few brilliant retinol face oils that keep the skin fairly hydrated. Before you buy a product with retinol in, here are three handy tips from the American skin expert, Paula Begoun :. Buy retinol products only if they are packaged in opaque containers meant to minimise or block air exposure.
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This means no jars, because all forms of vitamin A break down and deteriorate when repeatedly exposed to air or light. Look for vitamin A listed as retinol, retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, or retinyl aldehyde also called retinal or retinaldehyde. Rather, apply every other day or mix it with your usual moisturiser before applying.
That lets your skin gradually acclimate to it. Here are our three favourite retinol products. Ladies, I kid you not, within 3 days my skin was almost perfectly clear.
That has never happened before. Generally when I have a reaction or a breakout, it lasts at least a week to 10 days. I am hooked on these products! It helps reduce wrinkles, pore size and photodamage dark spots. It softens and smoothes rough aging skin and also lightens pigmentation associated with photo damage.
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I woke up the next morning and saw an immediate difference it my skin. My pores were smaller, skin was clearer and it had a nice glow to it. I'm so excited to see what it does to my skin in the long run. I also love the price point.
It literally does everything except maybe pick up your dry cleaning. It is helping keep me clear and it also smells amazing. It is the perfect cleanser for all skin types but especially for sensitive skin! It leaves the skin hydrated and beautiful without any greasiness or oil. It also helps control breakouts as well. I love this stuff!! We need to remember this: if you are prone to breakouts, you tend to use products that dry the skin out but in turn this creates more oil leading to more breakouts. Plus it smells like citrus.