The beginners guide: What is Retinol?

As we age our skin tends to lose its overall firmness, elasticity and fine lines and wrinkles will start to appear. In order to keep our skin looking and feeling youthful it is important you use active ingredients like Retinol that help combat the signs of premature ageing in your everyday skin-care routine. But before you dive straight in with Retinol, you’re going to need some tips on using it correctly.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that not only protects the skin but helps reverse the signs of premature ageing. It works by accelerating your skins cell turnover which helps promote new cell growth, revealing a brighter and healthier complexion.

Retinol can dramatically improve the look and feel of uneven skin tone and texture, decrease wrinkles, minimise pores as well as help, improve imperfections from daily exposure to UV rays, pollution, or other free radicals. Additionally, Retinol helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen, which is essential in supporting skin elasticity, along with replacing dead skin cells.

How to use:

Retinol is a powerful ingredient so should be introduced into your skincare routine gradually as it may cause skin irritation and dryness if overused. It’s also important to note that Retinol causes skin sensitivity, so sunscreen is an essential step that you should not skip.

If it’s your first time using Retinol, ease yourself in by applying a low percentage and only use once or twice per week at intervals. Once your skin has adjusted and can tolerate it, gradually increase to daily use. Be sure to use a pea-sized amount a little goes a long way when it comes to Retinol.

As Retinol causes your skin to shed cells faster than normal, you will experience an adjustment period where your skin will most likely flake and feel dry and irritated. Recommended product: Cosmediz Serum – 16 Rapid Renewal Complex 

When will I see results?

Unfortunately like most products you won’t see results overnight, it will take at least 3 months of consistent use to notice the benefits of using Retinol.

Ready to add Retinol into your skincare routine? Arrange a Video Consult and a trained team member will spend half an hour assess your skin care needs. We will connect over FaceTime or Skype to talk through your skin concerns and goals and prescribe you the right products.

Maryanne Amies

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