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In Deep: Retinol 101

In Deep: Retinol 101

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When it comes to fine lines, wrinkles and maintaining a youthful glow, retinol is your best friend. With brands incorporating the ingredient into everything from creams to serums and eye products, it’s easier than ever to get your hands on the good stuff. But despite its popularity, understanding retinol and finding the right formula for your skin type is a bit of a minefield. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. 

What is retinol? 

It’s important to remember that when we’re talking about retinol, we usually mean retinoids, of which there are many. So, let’s start with the basics: retinol is the most common, over-the-counter retinoid. A derivative of vitamin A, it works to increase collagen production and skin cell turnover. It can also help to treat acne and blackheads by unclogging pores and speeding up skin regeneration. From your skin’s texture to wrinkles, dullness and pigmentation – retinol can help with it all.

How to use retinol

When it comes to introducing retinol into your skincare routine, balance is key. Start small and work your way up. Begin with a low percentage and apply a pea-sized amount once a week as part of your night-time beauty routine. Once your skin has become a bit more used to things, you can slowly increase the usage to two or three times a week. Retinols can be drying, so it’s always good to follow up with thirst-quenching products. Think hydrating moisturisers, a good facial spritz and plenty of hyaluronic acid.


When should you start using retinol?

Get started in your late 20s or early 30s. Why? As you enter your 20s, your skin starts to lose elasticity and early signs of ageing and sun-damage begin to show. Retinol can help to slow all of this down. Leave it too long, and undoing the damage becomes much harder. But, as most dermatologists would agree, listen to your skin and always speak to a pro before you add retinol to your routine.