Summer is over—which means it’s the perfect time of year to incorporate retinol into your regimen. Retinol is a vitamin A-derivative with powerful anti-aging effects that can dramatically change the appearance and texture of your skin. Regular use results in a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, acne scars, hyperpigmentation and “sun spots.”
We offer two amazing products at our spa and online store: Retinol Skin Conditioner and DNA Supernatural Vitamin A Serum. While these products are mild and rarely have side effects, some retinols can cause dryness and irritation. Read on to learn five tips for using retinol effectively without any of these issues.
1. Start With a Gentle Product
It’s important to slowly introduce retinol to your regimen. Avoid starting with a prescription retinoid, as these can be too harsh on skin. Using a non-prescription retinol such as my Retinol Skin Conditioner is the safest, most gentle way to achieve results without irritation.
2. Go Slow
When you add retinol to your skin care program, don’t use it every night from the get go. Retinol is a biologically active ingredient that needs a slow introduction. Start by using it every other night during the first week. On the second week, use it two nights in a row and take the third night off. Repeat. If your skin is extra sensitive, you may want to start off using it twice a week and then stepping up to every other night the following week. Do either of these programs for the first three to four weeks and then you can add retinol in to your routine five to seven nights per week, depending on how your skin reacts to it. If you do experience any irritation or redness, cut back.
3. Apply to Dry Skin
For best results, wait 20 to 30 minutes after washing your face before applying a retinol product.
4. Wear Sunscreen Daily
Retinols make your skin more photosensitive, so be sure to apply sunscreen every single day. Sunlight can also render retinols ineffective, so if you don’t protect your skin from the sun, you’ll waste all that good product!
5. Moisturize Wisely
Many people apply moisturizer on top of their retinol. If you plan to do this, make sure the retinol absorbs a minimum of 20 minutes. If you apply moisturizer immediately, it will dilute the retinol and reduce its effectiveness.
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