As a self proclaimed skin junkie, I’ll admit to trying every beauty and skin product that comes on the market. Having always had good skin, I am always on the lookout for products that will keep my skin plump and healthy looking. Which is why when I first heard of retinol, I had to give it a go. Not only because of the wonders it had done for my friends. But also because of what I thought it could do for me. Years later and I am still a retinol devotee and use it as a serum at night a couple of times a week for younger looking and feeling skin. And whilst I’ll admit to not knowing much about the science behind it. I can speak to its powers and effectiveness for brighter, clearer, healthier looking skin.
What is retinol?
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin C that is used to treat everything from acne to blackheads and uneven skin tone. As a topical ointment, retinol and retinoids are considered pretty powerful skincare products that help with skin turn over and collagen production. Retinoids also help to increase the cellular turnover rate of keratinocytes (cells on the outermost layer of our skin) which in turn helps keep younger, plumper cells closer to the surface.
Retinoids are also a great exfoliant for older keratinocytes at an increased rate. And by so doing help to unclog pores and keep skin refreshed without the need for harsh friction. Over time retinoids also help increase the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis which is the second, deeper layer of skin.
Why is it good to add retinol to your routine?
If plump, clear skin you is what you are after then retinol is something you should try. Whilst retinol is not for everyone and doesn’t necessarily work for all skin types. It is a sure bet product. Especially when used in conjunction with a vitamin C serum which helps with the effectiveness of retinol. Bear in mind however that retinol can be harsh on the skin, especially if used in conjunction with other strong and harsh products. Which is why it is advised to start off with very low dosage of retinol and work your way up from there. Furthermore, as it is an active ingredient, make sure to always moisturize your skin with a good SPF to protect your skin from the the harsh effects of the sun.
So if you are looking to update your skincare routine or get rid of unwanted acne I would suggest giving retinol a try. If you are unsure of which one to use, consult a dermatologist, pharmacist or doctor for advice.