Ask me to specify one single skincare ingredient that plays the role of the hero amongst all ingredients I will utter one word, retinol. It is in fact the most effective in terms of reversing the visible signs of aging. Retinoids boost collagen production, increase skin smoothness and rids the skin from fine lines and wrinkles.. By slowly introducing retinoids to your routine, you need to understand how the process should work as retinoids are quite potent. Starting off with a low percentage -ideally a retinol between .25 and .5 strength— and by using it two to three times a week versus daily. Wearing a moisturizer every day, and last but not least applying tons of sunscreen meanwhile.Gradual build up is key, you can reach to a point where you apply it daily, and then switch to a higher concentration.
Today I am going to mention a few misconceptions when it comes to retinoids.
Retinol, Retinoids, and Retinoic Acid Are All the Same Thing
Retinol, Retin-A, Retinoids, Retinoic Acid or simply vitamin A; what term are we referring to? Quite confusing isn’t it, I’m here to make your life much easier as each term means a different thing..
- Retinoids: Consider it a blanket word for both “retinol” and “retinoic acid”.
- Retinoic acid: This form of retinoids is available only in prescription form from your doctor. Meaning, an ingredient that you cannot simply pick up from over the shelves..
- Retinol: The retinoid that’s available to you in over-the-counter products.
You Should Start Using Retinoids Only After Wrinkles Show Up
We believe in the preventative skincare approach. Meaning, once you hit 30 and before you start witnessing any sign of wrinkles, is the best time to start incorporating retinoids in your beauty regimen. Starting young will help you remain young.. Retinol regulates skin function in a positive way. Moreover, the fact that studies proved that there is no skin damage by long term use of retinol, it’s never too early to incorporate retinol into an anti-aging regimen.
You Should Not Apply Retinoids On The Eye Area
A big NO NO where it comes to the eye area, well, as much as retinoids cause dryness and irritation, this does not mean you are not to apply on the thin eye area in order to reap the many benefits.. However, this delicate area is often where wrinkles show up first and it can definitely benefit from the collagen-stimulating effects of retinoids. Consult your dermatologist, find out the right percentage you will need and our tip is to apply a moisturizer first and then the retinoid.
Retinoids Will Expose Our Skins To Thinning
I will state this out loud and clear.. The peeling you experience as a result of applying retinoids will NOT cause your skin to thin. It is in fact quite the opposite case scenario, retinoids stimulate collagen production, they actually help make the skin thicker! There is scientific proof that you will experience epidermal thickening after three to six months of topical retinoid use. Just be patient!
Which brings me to the following myth…
Retinol Will Deliver Results Right Away
How quickly retinol works should be a big consideration…As we usually encourage, consistency and patience are key to any desired result.. It is good to know that if you’re prescribed retinoids it can take up to 3 months for visible results, as for the over-the-counter retinol products it can take 6 to 12 months for full results. Keep in mind that this is a process that your skin is going through, at one point you will experience purges, a notable reaction to retinoids called retinization, where your skin will deal with undesired symptoms such as redness, peeling, flaking, breakouts and noticeable dryness.. Not exactly what you’re aiming for but then again, a reminder of patience..