What is Retinol and is it Suitable for You?

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Phew. It's the end of Chinese New Year and we're back to regular programming. I'm sure you are all as stuffed as I am from all the feasting. Can't say we don't enjoy it though ;) 

Back to regular programming in our blog! Today we're talking about Retinols.

If you’re always looking for great skincare products like us (and who isn’t), then you may have heard of Retinol. Whether you know much about it or not, it’s likely you’ve heard about its numerous skincare benefits somewhere along the way.

If you’ve been thinking about introducing Retinol into your skincare routine, but not sure if it’s right for you – we’re here to help!

What is Retinol?

Did you know Retinol is a form of Vitamin A? It helps rejuvenate aged and sun damaged skin by enhancing collagen production. Many products these days are infused with this sought after ingredient, in the hopes to reduce wrinkles and promote skin renewal. Most people claim to notice a difference after 4 weeks of regular use.  

It can come in the form of a serum, which can come in varying strengths. Alternatively, you can opt for a moisturizer infused with Retinol if you’re looking to ease into it.

Is it Suitable for You?

With all of the hype these days, you may be wondering if Retinol products will work for you. Although it’s suitable for most, some skin types may experience some minor irritation.

Are you already using a skincare product with vitamin A? If so, adding Retinol into your routine may not be suitable for you. Too much vitamin A can cause irritation, especially for sensitive skin.

If your skin is of the dry type, you could also experience further dryness. Following the application, try using a good moisturizer to reduce the effects.  

And no, you don’t have to be a certain again to start using Retinol. It’s never too early to start prevention!

Tips for Using Retinol

Start by applying Retinol twice a week. Gradually easing into it will give your skin time to adjust to the vitamin A. After using it for a few weeks without any issues, try adding an extra day or two into your routine over time.

It’s also important to know that sunlight can reduce the effects of Retinol, so it should always be applied at night. Serums should be applied directly after cleansing, whereas moisturizers should be the final step in your nightly regimen.

Okay beauties – if you’ve you tried using any Retinol products, let us know your favorite in the comments below!   

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