If you’ve heard of retinol but not yet made the leap of faith, make that change today. This truly is one of the most powerful, transformative products in skincare. It has long-lasting effects and is also a multi-purpose product that can be used to target specific concerns.
Retinol can visibly improve:
· Sun Damage
Let’s set the record straight. Nowadays, retinol is a progressive, ultra-tested clinical skincare ingredient. Millions of people around the world use it without problem and have benefited from its amazing effects. It can be said with confidence that retinol is completely safe when used correctly. So, let’s put skincare nightmares to bed once and for all and embrace this incredible ingredient.
WHAT IS RETINOL?
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that’s suitable for use on the skin. It comes from a group of Vitamin A derivatives named Retinoids.
Retinol is applied topically and speeds up cellular turnover, keeping pores clear and reducing acne.
It also increases collagen production in the dermis. This is a vital process in the fight against the signs of ageing as it improves skin elasticity and smooths out fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Skin texture is improved, as it appears brighter and tighter.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO USE RETINOL?
Be aware that retinol makes skin more sensitive to UV rays. The sun can also decrease the efficacy of Retinol too. You can minimise these risks by applying retinol as part of your night-time skincare routine. That said, since retinol makes your skin more sun-sensitive, always use a daily broad-spectrum factor 30 SPF and limit time in the sun.
A night-time retinol formula also provides optimal results as it works in tandem with and supports your skin’s nightly functions of renewal and replenishment.
If you suffer from Rosacea, or have very sensitive or irritated skin, then this may not be the right product for you. It's best to check with a dermatologist or a physician in this case. Likewise, as a precaution, retinol cream products should not be used by pregnant women or women who intend to become pregnant in the near future. Though there are no reports of topical retinol having any negative effect on foetal development, always consult a physician.
THE PERFECT RETINOL FOR BEGINNERS: SKINCEUTICALS RETINOL 0.3% REFINING NIGHT CREAM
It can take skin a while to adjust to retinol because it’s such a powerful, active product that transforms complexion at a cellular level. It’s always a good idea to begin with a gentle concentration so that skin can steadily get used to it over time.
SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3% Refining Night Cream is the perfect retinol product for first-time users. It’s suitable for all skin types and can be used by those with sensitive or problematic skin. This cream will not clog pores and it even eliminates the need of an additional moisturiser. So, if you want to get a head start and prevent the early signs of ageing, begin using this product from the mid-twenties onwards.
Advanced ingredients including encapsulated retinol and botanical extracts are contained within this intelligent anti-ageing night-time formula. Delivering the components this way ensures that the maximum amount of retinol reaches and saturates the target area. This potent combination helps to stimulate cell regeneration overnight, essential for building collagen to visibly diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blotchiness and age spots.
The appearance of pore size is also minimised, while correcting any blemishes and blotchiness that can be associated with problematic skin. Our recommendation is to use this product twice a week for the first two weeks to ensure toleration of the product. Thereafter, usage can be slowly built up to nightly.
THE PERFECT RETINOL FOR MATURE SKIN: SKINCEUTICALS TRIPEPTIDE-R NECK REPAIR
Skin around the neck is thinner and more delicate. Fewer lipids in this area causes the skin barrier to weaken as early as age 30. Add to that the fact that the neck constantly moves, and wrinkles are up to five times deeper than on the face. Meet SkinCeuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair This is the must-have cream for combatting those tell-tale signs of early ageing around the neck including lines, wrinkles and crepiness.
Specially formulated with 0.2% pure slow-release Retinol, 2.5% Tripeptide Concentrate and 5.0% Glaucine Complex, this retinol product produces real, tangible results.
In a 16-week clinical study, Tripeptide-R Neck Repair significantly improved multiple visible signs of neck aging:
· 27% average improvement in neck skin crepiness
· 16% average improvement in the appearance of horizontal neck lines
· 28% average improvement in neck skin smoothness
Using its easy pump dispenser, apply 1-2 pumps every other night from décolleté to jawline by massaging the product in an upward motion. After one week, increase use to nightly, then twice daily as tolerated or as advised by a skincare professional. Ideally use this alongside Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 as needed to help replenish lipids while acclimating skin to retinol usage.