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Retinol - Separating Myth From Fact

What is retinol? If you think it sounds like a Swiss ski resort then don't worry, we're here to separate the facts from the myths...

If you want to get the best from your skin and your skincare purchases then you need to get to know ingredients like retinol and hyaluronic acid, but don't worry we're here to be your very own guide and take you through every step of your skincare overhaul.

So, retinol. If your current skincare concerns include fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, uneven skin tone and texture, then you may want to consider adding a retinol based cream or serum to your routine.

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, an ingredient that promotes skin renewal and enhances collagen production ,which often starts to decline in your 30's. As well as lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, retinol can also reverse some of the side effects of sun damage.

At what age should you start using retinol?

Retinol, or vitamin A, is best for 30+ skin when fine lines and wrinkles are becoming more of a potential issue, however you can start using retinols younger if you want to. Prevention is better than cure after all.

Retinol has also been linked to enhanced collagen production, preventing the formation of future lines and wrinkles. Combined with a high SPF and vitamin C in the morning, you are setting yourself up for great skin for life.

When should you apply a retinol product?

This depends greatly on the format of the retinol product you are using, be it cream, gel, serum etc. Most retinol products come in serum form, however high-end products come in an easy to use cream formula or even in a moisturising cream.

Always apply retinol products at night, as sunlight can diminish their power if worn first thing as you head out the door to work. For serums, apply straight after cleansing to get the most benefit from the vitamin A and layer a moisturiser over the top if you feel you need more hydration.

Is retinol suitable for all skin types?

All skin types normally benefit from adding a retinol into their routine. Even blemish prone skins can benefit from the power of vitamin A. By promoting skin cell renewal, retinol clears out clogged pores which could cause blemishes to promote a clear complexion.

The only people who shouldn’t use retinols are those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or those on medication which may clash with the vitamin A. If this is the case, always check with your doctor before starting on retinols.

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