Fact; almost every skincare specialist out there, be it a dermatologist, an esthetician, a facialist, you name it, will most definitely agree that the epitome of effective skincare involves two main must-haves; sunscreen and retinol.. That said, you are never too pretty or too young to use either..
Personally, I tend to use my sacred retinol collection of different brands in different consistencies the minute September is over.. That’s when I make a much needed shift to winter skincare routine. The fact that I always need to reintroduce retinol to my skin the beginning of October, I always start with a lower dose, then I increase with time.. Trying to avoid any redness and irritation episodes… Experts say it’s the number-one concern women have when they recommend adding it to their regimen.
However, in this article, I will convince you that more is more when it comes to retinol. Read on to learn how to truly transform your skin now and forever by using retinol…the right way.
Talk about the holy grail of beauty, retinoids are a skincare powerhouse. They’re a one-stop-shop ingredient for a long list of common complexion issues, from keeping skin clear to minimizing the appearance of large pores, uneven skin tone, dull skin, and fine lines. Retinoids increase skin cell turnover, improve collagen stimulation, and increase epidermal thickness. What other ingredient can do all this? Another fact: none!
Your ability to master the talent of applying retinol the right way, will guarantee a speedy way at which new skin cells form, how quickly they will emerge from the deeper skin layers up to the top layer..
Retinol Vs. Retinoic Acid
Retinoids is the umbrella term for derivatives of vitamin A that come in several forms: including prescription-strength retinoic acid and over-the-counter retinol.
Retinol: An over-the-counter version of retinoids which is known to be gentler on the skin therefore causes little or less irritation. It acts differently the minute it penetrates the skin, that’s when its converted into retinoid acid..
Retinoic Acid: A prescription-strength version of vitamin A that delivers the most active form of retinoid acid as soon as you apply it to your skin. This potent version of retinoids is what usually causes undesirable side effects such as dryness, irritation, redness and peeling..
What If You Have Sensitive Skin???
In that case, we have some rules for you..
Whether you’ve given prescription retinoids a try in the past and your skin went bananas, or you’ve simply skipped over OTC kinds because you didn’t know how to use them, here’s your new game plan to gorgeous skin.
1 || Opt For An Over-The-Counter (OTC) Retinol
The plethora of retinol options provided by the beauty industry works equally well as a prescription retinoid. In fact retinol formulations are rivaling Prescription (Rx) versions; they offer the same multi-faceted beauty effects as their prescription counterpart but with little irritation, thanks to breakthroughs in retinol science. The technology has gotten a lot smarter, so now they provide similar skin benefits minus the unpleasant side effects.
Pros Of OTC Retinol
#1 Delivers smoother texture, clearer skin, line prevention with very little risk of any irritation.
#2 Can be applied without worrying about dryness issues or applying a hydrating agent afterwards.
#3 Always opt for OTC retinol formulated with retinal-propionate rather than retinol palmitate. The latter doesn’t penetrate the skin effectively due to the bigger size of its molecules..
Cons Of Prescription Retinoic Acid
#1 Redness, peeling and flakiness. A Pea sized amount should be the amount used for the entire face and neck. Mixing moisturizer is necessary too.
#2 No over-applying allowed. Meaning, apply every other night for the first 2 weeks, then increase to daily use if well tolerated.
2 || Choose formulas that have multiple skin benefits.
Choosing a formula mixed with certain ingredients will strengthen the sensitive skin’s barrier. Retinoids containing niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 are proven to be anti-inflammatory.
3 || Apply Retinol Products At Night
Retinol can be slightly inactivated by sunlight, making nighttime application ideal. Plus, because you aren’t sweating or rubbing your skin as you sleep, overnight retinol can work its magic uninterrupted. Moreover, at night your skin isn’t combating any potential irritants like UV light, pollution, or stress. And you aren’t attempting to layer and mix a ton of other products like you do during the day. At night, your skin is more balanced and calm—and less likely to have a flare-up.
4 || Commit To A Gentle Retinol Regimen
Visible improvements can take several weeks to start kicking in, so it’s important to be patient and stick to your routine.
The real retinol game-changer is what you can’t see in the mirror, because it’s happening below the surface. Who knows how many potential lines were going to show up but will never make their debut now, thanks to the springy, healthy collagen that’s being created along with a cascade of other do-your-skin-good dynamics deep within your skin?