Let me preface this post by saying that Retinol is some very powerful stuff. I highly recommend speaking with a skincare professional before embarking on product selection, as they will likely be your guide to picking the right product for your skin type, tolerance, and concern. Remember, my medical estheticians and I are here Monday through Saturday to assist you during business hours! Now, that said, I want to discuss the many benefits of Retinol with you! Are you ready for it?
Retinol: The Many Benefits
Nix Hyperpigmentation – one of the best known uses of Retinol is for battling hyperpigmentation. Yes, Retinol is indeed wonderful for evening out your skin tone and lightening up dark spots. It is important, however, to choose wisely, as Vitamin C and Retinol can sometimes cancel each other out [both are known are their lightening benefits]. Also, keep in mind that it is often better to start with a less potent product to allow your skin to acclimate to this ingredient. Patience is virtue, and working your way up can be the best thing for your skin!
Moisturize – many moisturizers containing Retinol also include Hyaluronic Acid, which is fabulous for dry skin. Retinol products can also be followed by a deep moisturizer for effectively hydrated skin!
Brighten Eyes – it is important to note that most general Retinol products are too potent to use on the delicate skin around your eyes. However, there are products out there [like Dermalogica’s Age Reversal Eye Complex] that are formulated with Retinol to be gentle enough for use around the eye area. As usual, it is important to start small and work your way up! If a product says “use daily”, start by using it twice a week, working your way up to every other day, then every day. Your skin will thank you for this!
Goodbye Acne – most people use Retinol for it’s anti-aging abilities, however, this amazing ingredient has also shown its efficacy in fighting acne as well! Retinol helps to soothe inflammation, removes dead skin cells, and has assisted in making pores appear smaller. I also love how this helps to fight acne while lightening acne scars!
Soothe Rosacea – while a rosacea sufferer is highly advised to ease into the world of Retinols, it has been proven to help with the skin contdition in the long term. If you are interested in trying out Retinol for your rosacea, definitely speak with a skin care professional first! It is also recommended that you start your regimen on a day where your skin is not acting up. You can also apply a moisturizer or face oil before applying your Retinol product to ease the impact of the ingredient.
Oily Skin – it is said that oily skin tends to tolerate Retinol the best, however, it is still good to work your way up the food chain in terms of concentration. The use of Retinol on oily skin should help regulate the skin for a beautiful, clear complexion.
Combination Skin – combination skin can reap the same benefits as oily skin. However, it is important to note that drier areas may need a lower concentration of Retinol to start with than oily areas.
Combat the Signs of Aging – as I mentioned before, Retinols are typically known for their anti-aging capabilities. It has proven to be beneficial in slowing down and reversing the signs of aging, as well as lightening age spots. Using a Retinol product that is rich in antioxidants will usually be your best bet for ensuring beautiful, ageless results.