Say hello to the skincare ingredient everyone should have in their beauty routine: retinol. This ingredient is known as the "gold standard" of the beauty industry for its ability to work wonders on the skin and provide the healthy glow we're all looking for.
This dermatologist-approved and recommended ingredient took the beauty industry by storm, and we're here to say: it's worth the hype. From anti-aging properties to acne remedies, retinol is the real deal and is a must-have for anyone.
Let's take a closer look at what it is, the beauty benefits, and how you can start using it today:
What is retinol?
Retinol is a type of retinoid that comes from Vitamin A. It's in the foods we eat, dietary supplements, and a wide range of beauty products.
Retinol is a type of retinoid but it's not the same as prescription retinoids, which have a higher concentration and potency.
However, it is one of the strongest ingredients you can find over the counter and still experience the benefits.
Dermatologists love vitamin A because it helps with cell turnover rate, is a natural collagen booster, and helps neutralize free radicals.
How your skin can benefit from Retinol
Ready to experience retinol first hand and see what the hype is all about? Here are just a few of the beauty benefits you should keep in mind:
The reason dermatologists live by retinol is because it penetrates deep into the skin and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
As we get older, our bodies don't produce as much collagen. The best way to combat this change in our body is with a trusted collagen booster, like retinol. This will help improve your skin's elasticity and leave you with healthier-looking skin.
Improves skin tone and texture
Retinol has been shown to improve skin texture and treat inconsistencies in skin tone. Since it helps increase cell turnover rate and replace the cells on your skin, the process will leave you with a brighter glow and a soft, supple look as dead skin cells continue to get replaced.
If you have any unwanted dark spots or imperfections caused by sun damage or acne, retinol can also help them fade quicker. Since it aids in cell turnover rate, daily use can also help brighten your complexion.
Retinol contains antioxidants that help lighten dark spots and treat sun-damaged skin. This doesn’t mean wearing retinol will help protect you from future sun damage.
It’s highly recommended you only wear it at night and avoid the sun when you have it applied to your face, and apply a high SPF the morning after using retinol.
How to use it in your skincare routine
If you’re ready to start using retinol in your skincare routine, you’ll want to find a trusted serum or moisturizer.
If you’re using a retinol serum, you’ll want to start by washing your face and then apply a pea-size amount to your face. After you’ve given it time to seep into your skin, you can then proceed to use a moisturizer and finish your skincare routine.
For serum, it's recommended you only use it once or twice a week and see how your face responds. From there, you can start to use it more frequently. Make sure you’re only using it at night before you go to bed.
If you’re looking for a moisture cream that utilizes retinol, try our Retinol Advanced Moisture Cream. Our formula contains advanced micro-encapsulated retinol for improved efficacy, firmness, and elasticity. If you want to use it in your daytime routine, we recommend wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 25 or higher with it.
If you haven't given retinol a try, now is your time to try! Don't forget that everything takes time. If you're consistent with your usage, you should start to see results.