When used correctly, Retinol can provide an extremely powerful treatment for the skin. Considered to be ‘anti-aging’ superheroes, it goes a long way towards supporting healthy skin that has a natural glow all year round. For the average person who has had little experience of retinoid, knowing how to use them may seem complicated, but the correct use of Retinol really is quite simple. Read on to discover the full guide to using Retinol, for healthy and glowing skin…
Retinol is a form of vitamin A that help the skin to fight the premature signs of aging. The application of it causes the skin cells to turn over at a quicker rate, as well as also decreasing oil production and exfoliating. When used correctly, Retinol can reduce dark spots, plump the skin to fill out fine lines and wrinkles, reduce blemishes and stop new wrinkles and lines from forming.
There are a few simple ways in which you can maximize the effects of using Retinoids in your skincare routine:
1. Prep your skin
Before starting treatment, prepare your skin by moisturizing 2-3 times per day for several days before you start treatment. Retinol is classed as a ‘medical’ treatment, rather than a straight forward moisturizer or similar. For this reason avoid adding any new additional products to your regimen when you start your treatment. The use of these products can cause irritation to sensitive skin, so avoid using new products at the same time, so that you can determine which product is causing the problem.
2. Cut out any harsh products
When starting Retinol treatment you should not use any harsh astringents. This includes Alpha and Beta acids, such as Glycolic acid and Salicylic acid, as well as benzoyl peroxides.
3. Take care of sensitive skin
Throughout the colder months you might find that your skin is more sensitive, due to the harsher weather conditions and the change in temperature. To get the best results, follow these steps:
1. Apply your moisturizer to create a base
2. Apply your Retinol cream on top
3. Apply another top layer of moisturizer to seal.
4. Keep your product safe
Exposure to air, light and heat can make products less effective. Make sure you take extra care to protect your retinol cream or serum to ensure it continues to work its magic. Always make sure the lid is screwed on tightly to avoid contamination from the air and consider keeping your product in a skincare bag to help keep it cool.
5. A little bit goes a long way
Retinol creams come with varying percentages, but strictly speaking all products containing Retinols should be used sparingly. Those with a higher percentage will produce faster results, but that doesn’t mean that you should misuse those with a lower percentage, because they can irritate your skin. Use a pea size amount to cover your entire face. To apply rub the product between your finger tips and spread evenly from your chin upwards.
Retinols can have fantastic results on the skin. With this treatment, healthier younger looking skin is achievable. If you’re looking for a professional Retinol treatment that will deliver results, click here.