Why Retinol Deserves a Spot in Your Skincare Routine
Retinol. That's a name you often hear when talking about transformative skincare. If you're considering adding retinol to your skincare routine, there are a few things you should know to get the best out of this powerful ingredient.
So what is Retinol?
Retinol is a form of vitamin A, and its small molecules penetrate deep into the dermis, the lower layer of the skin, making it highly effective.
What's Retinol Good For?
Primarily, retinol enhances collagen production, which in turn helps to produce elastin. This dynamic duo works to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and even acne. The result? Your skin looks healthier and more youthful. Moreover, retinol acts as a mild exfoliant, which improves your skin’s texture and tone.
To maximise benefits, it's a good idea to use your retinol cream or serum daily. But keep in mind that results may take several weeks to appear.
Retinol comes in varying strengths, usually around 1%, 0.5%, 0.3%, and 0.25%. Start with a low concentration and build your way up, considering your skin type. For thicker or oilier skin, higher strength might be suitable, while lower concentrations are generally better for thinner or drier skin.
And by the way, you'll find Rejuvenating Face Serum with 0.5% retinol from Roza Natural Cosmetics right here at Faerly.
Retinol vs Pro-Retinol
Both retinol and Pro-Retinol originate from vitamin A, but their strength varies. Retinol contains retinoic acid, which is a powerhouse for cell renewal. Pro-Retinol, on the other hand, is a gentler version, often combined with natural elements like sunflower fatty acids for quick absorption and anti-inflammatory benefits.
How to Get Started with Retinol
Introducing retinol can make your skin a bit sensitive initially. Start slow. Do a patch test for irritation, then begin applying it once or twice a week. Gradually increase as your skin adjusts.
And don’t forget: retinol makes your skin more sun-sensitive. A quality SPF is crucial.
Any Side Effects?
When you start, you might experience some dryness or peeling. If so, ease into daily use. Start first with using the product containing retinol every other day or every third day until using it daily. Consult a dermatologist if irritation persists.
When to Start Using Retinol
Generally, elastin production slows down around the age of 25. But retinol isn’t just about anti-ageing; it also tackles acne and makes your skin look fresher.
Even though retinol is a natural ingredient derived from vitamin A, it could be too strong for certain types of skin that’s why some products contain “natural retinol” or vegan retinol which derives from natural plant oils.
Well-known natural retinol oils you will find on products’ labels are:
- Rosehip seed oil
- Carrot seed oil
- Avocado oil
- Broccoli seed oil
- Apricot oil
- Peach kernel oil
Plant-based retinol works in the same way of ‘normal’ retinol as it helps:
- quick cells regeneration
- skin exfoliation
- elastin and collagen production
- skin appears plumper and hydrated
- smooths fine lines and wrinkles
- fading hyperpigmentation, acne, sun spots, and redness.
- avoid pores from clogging
The benefits of vegan retinol are exactly the same as normal retinol plus it can be less irritating to the skin. Roza Regenerating and Nourishing Retinol Night Cream from Roza Natural Cosmetics or the Night Cream with rosehip oil both contain plant-based retinol, among other amazing natural ingredients.
How to Apply Retinol
- Cleanse your face and apply eye cream.
- Apply moisturiser or serum to dry skin to prevent irritation.
- Use a pea-sized amount and apply in circular motions.
- Follow with your regular moisturiser.
- The next morning, don't forget your SPF.
We stock UpCircle's SPF 25 Mineral Sunscreen—a high-performance sunscreen that complements retinol use. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide to protect skin and leave nothing but a natural glow. This lightweight sunscreen is both ultra-hydrating and fast-absorbing, with soothing aloe vera and non-comedogenic sunflower oil for effortless absorption.
Patience and consistency are key when using retinol. The results might not be immediate, but with time, you'll see a healthier, more glowing complexion.