Habit Hack: A Specific Guide To Getting the most out of Retinol
What's the Retinol hype all about?
Retinol has become a staple of many skincare routines these days, and even people who haven't tried it yet are curious to know what makes this much-lauded ingredient so special. Retinol is a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A, which helps to achieve an enviable complexion by accelerating skin renewal; boost collagen production; and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, uneven texture, or age spots. It sounds like the perfect anti-aging product!
- Stimulates collagen production
- Delivers active ingredients to deeper skin layers
- Supports new blood vessel production
- Targets texture and tone irregularities
When first starting a retinol serum, apply at night once or twice a week initially. Increase the frequency slowly as you become more tolerant of it. Apply it after you cleanse, tone, and moisturise your face. And wear sunscreen every day so that your skin doesn't get too sensitive to the sun.
BEST ACTIVE INGREDIENT COMBINATIONS WITH RETINOL - THE HYDRATORS!
- Retinol + Hyaluronic Acid: Retinol is infamous for being harsh on the skin, and this is where Hyaluronic Acid comes in as it will allow the retinol to gently infuse deep into the skin layers without the usual inflammation or discomfort.
- Retinol + Peptides: This powerful due will enhance collage production while boosting hydration for your skin.
- Retinol + Niacinamide: Niacinamide is a great supporting act as it controls water loss & improves your skins barrier function.
Active Ingredients to avoid
Acids! Actives like AHA & BHAs shouldn't be used the same night as Retinol. Retinol is super effective but can cause skin sensitivity. Acids are also harsh on the skin and can make Retinoids less effective. Use on alternative days.
What skin types is Retinol suited for?
It is suited for all skin types, however, if you have dry and sensitive skin, or is new to Retinol, choose the gentlest formula and start slowly. However, people with rosacea or eczema should do a test patch to ensure it doesn't irritate their skin.