Upon finally incorporating retinol into your skincare routine, it’s a journey that keeps you going until you hit the sweet spot! Using this most sought after beauty ingredient -sometimes referred to as the holy grail of beauty- as well as the ‘tricky beast’, you will witness undesirable side effects, such as dryness, flaky skin, sensitivity and sometimes redness. However, hang in there! We hear you, totally.
Picture using retinol as looking forward to the light at the end of a tunnel. When you reach that light, that sweet spot, that’s when you will start getting comments about how youthful and glowing your skin appears to be. Luminous skin with visibly less wrinkles and fine lines, faded spots and pigmentation, and most importantly boosted collagen and plumped complexion. Talk about looking 5 to 10 years younger, yep! You got it…
Which brings us back to the ‘tricky beast’ situation… As you commit to the retinol regimen, you must start with the lowest percentage if you’re using it for the first time. Also, you should be using it twice a week, then up your usage until your skin shows less side effects. Until you comfortably reach to a point where you can apply it every night. The next thing to do, is increase your retinol percentage in order to reap even more visible results.. Remember, slowly yet surely..
Besides flaky skin and dryness, some retinol users often complain about extreme lip dryness. This is totally normal. As you slather on any cream, the chances of it seeping into other parts of the face where it’s not intended for, such as the eyes and lips are high.. Retinol increases turnover of skin cells, so the top layer of your skin is also turning over at a faster rate. These dead skin cells stay on skin’s surface and cause the flaking, or ‘dusting’.
So how are you going to deal with this unwanted case of flaky and dry lips..
- To begin with, don’t be tempted to use any harsh exfoliants at the same time, as this will irritate skin further.
- A soothing and hydrating cream applied on the lips daily helps. Make sure that it’s better to choose one with SPF in its ingredients..
- A thin layer of Vaseline or Homeoplasmine (available at CIIN eshop) applied right before bed (after the retinol product has had time to dry and soak into skin) does wonders. It’s molecules are too big and they can steer away any retinol trying to invade your lips territory…