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The 411 on Retinol!

Products containing retinol are said to be one of the best things you can use on your skin to treat acne, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, dark spots, uneven skin done, surface damage, plus so much more.  Truly the list could go on. Have you talked to your doctor about the benefits of retinol in your daily skin routine? If you haven’t, let’s take a look at what retinol actually is and why we think you should consider this as one of your top skincare treatments!

Retinol is a technical name for vitamin A with over 40 years of established research that shows its amazing effects on your skin. When skin’s appearance is damaged by the environment, aging, loss of collagen (firmness), retinol steps in to minimize those concerns. Retinol’s goal is to turn around the condition of your skin and deliver radiant results. Retinol attaches to your skin cells and convinces it to behave like younger, healthy skin. Retinol also acts as an antioxidant which can prevent free radicals and promote collagen production.unnamed-28

Before getting on the retinol train, there are some important things you should know:

  • Only buy retinol in a dark container as you want the product to avoid light exposure
  • Do not buy retinol that’s in a jar
  • Start retinol slowly as it can be irritating to your skin… we recommend every other day (or for extreme sensitivity 2 times a week & work  your way up)
  • If you’re using a pigmentation treatment, alternate your retinol with your hydroquinone type product
  • Retinol takes 12 weeks to really see the benefits, but you will notice the effects in 4-8 weeks
  • The benefits last as long as you keep using the retinol containing product
  • When wearing retinol, your skin will be sensitive to the sun, wear sunscreen (wear it anyway though!!)
  • We think that the best formulas are prescribed by your skincare provider, though there are over the counter formulas that contain retinol, they will deliver weaker results however (like grocery store brands)
  • High strength retinol products are ones that contain 0.5% retinol up to 1%
  • Higher percentage retinol products will work most quickly – though your doctor may start you out with a lower dose so your skin can get used to it
  • If you’re over the age of 25, you need to add retinol to your skincare regime (I’ve been using Tretinoin since my college days)
  • Your skin may develop redness and dryness when first starting to use this product – it will go away
  • Don’t skip the eye area when applying – that’s probably the one area that could use it the most
  • Use a pea size amount of your face with each application – don’t overuse
  • Retinol will not clog pores

Just recently, I felt that my skin was getting ‘used’ to the Tretinoin product (I have no idea if that’s possible but I needed a break from it), so I’ve switched over to SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex (0.5%) and am excited to see the results.  I got this from my skincare provider & though you can order online, we would encourage you to consult your physician. (the reviews aren’t that positive on their website because of the tube vs. pump situation… just a heads-up… apparently the tube is not as good as the pump which I received)

If I had to recommend one product for your skin it would be retinol. However, it’s really important that you get a quality moisturizer and a great cleansing brush to best take care of your skin.

Let us know which retinol products you trust & love in the comments section below.

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