Jumping on the retinol hype.

You may have seen and heard the hype but do you actually know what retinol is and what it does for your skin?

A hugely high performing skin care product, endorsed by dermatologists far and wide, retinol in its many forms could be just the thing for your anti-aging, skin brightening and acne treating needs.

What is retinol?

Retinol is among a group of retinoids also including retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, retinoic acid and adapalene, that are all, in order of strength, essentially derivatives of vitamin A. According to a wealth of skin care research, vitamin A found in retinol products is one of the body’s key nutrients aimed at boosting cell turnover.

What are the effects of retinol?

By introducing vitamin A to the skin’s surface and increasing the rate at which cells replace themselves, many believe products derivative of the vitamin such as retinol smooth, firm and brighten skin, extinguish pimples and reduce fine lines. Although you won’t see results over night, over a period of usually three or so months, retinol will sink into your skin and speed up cell turn over for – eventually – fresher looking skin and reduced appearance of dark spots, acne and winkles.

How do I know if it is suitable for me to use?

The best way to figure that out is to either consult with your skin therapist at a skin clinic who will walk you through the best option for your skin type or to take our Skin Quiz and have one of our skin consultants connect with you to find out whether you need it and what kind of retinol your skin can handle.

Ideally, for your first attempt at retinol, it would be generally suggested to start off with the gentlest of retinoids, like retinyl palmitate which is ideal for sensitive or dry skin or retinol intended for all other skin types. To give your skin the best chance to reap the benefits of retinol, experts also suggest introducing it into your routine once a week for the first few weeks then slowly increasing its use to twice a week then so on until you are applying every other night.

So, I’ve got my retinol, how do I incorporate it into my skin care routine?

No matter the form your retinoid comes in, it’s always best to apply a tiny amount to clean, dry skin at the end of the night just before bed. For creams, use just enough to cover your face in a thin layer and for serums, do the same but wait 20 minutes for it to sink in before you layer your moisturiser on top. Note different brands do have certain ways their retinol is applied so make sure you are always reading the instructions.

For acne havers, it’s also not recommended to use a retinoid in conjunction with any kind of active acne-fighting products so, instead, alternate the nights. First timers should also be aware because retinoids can cause increased skin cell regeneration, flakiness, dryness, irritation, and breakouts may occur while the skin adjusts to the active nature of the new product.

Our recommendation for a retinol virgin is Skin Moderne’s Bio Retinol. Available on our site, the plant-based formula has all of the perks of retinoids, but with greater stability, less degradation and shouldn’t cause any pesky skin irritation.

….and please don’t forget if you need advice reach out to us and we can help you.