All About Retinol

I’ve actually never used skin care with retinol. I always thought you only use it when you have acne.

Because I used to know someone who sufferd from acne during his puberty so much that the doctor prescribed him retinol. That seemed to work incredibly well!

Recently I found out that you can also use retinol if you don’t have acne. But my association between this product and acne is so strong that I still haven’t bought it.

Yet it can give you a radiant skin. So maybe it’s not a bad idea to add it to my skin care routine…

What is retinol?

Retinol is vitamin A
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Retinol is also known as vitamin A. Actually there are many different types of vitamin A. You call them all vitamin A derivates or retinoids. Retinoids are only available with a doctors prescription.

In the past it was mainly prescribed voor people with acne. But people who used it not only got less acne because of it, but also a nicer skin.

Retinol is a cosmetical ingredient and therefore be used in cosmetic products. Other effective forms of vitamin A found in cosmetics include retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate and retinaldehyde.

All forms of retinol work in a similar but not in a same way. Using retinol gives many benefits for your skin. That’s the reason why it is so popular.

The benefits of retinol

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Retinol is effective because once absorbed through the skin, this ingredient is broken down and converted to retinoic acid. And this substance has a skin rejuvenating effect.

It also:

  • Improves the skin structure.
  • Diminishes wrinkles caused by sun damage.
  • Stimulates healthy cell division and the production of collagen and elastin. And its degradation is thereby inhibited.
  • Makes pigment spots less visible.

How to use retinol?

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If you plan to add retinol to your skin care routine, it’s important to build it up. Retinol (and especially the prescription variant) can irritate and dry out your skin. That’s why it is important to take it easy with it. Does it still irritate too much? Then retinol may not be suitable for your skin.

And don’t use it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Because when your pregnant you should be really careful with vitamin A.

Steps when using retinol:

  1. Apply it every other day so your skin can get used to it.
  2. Don’t apply it on your eyelids, but under your eyes it’s okay.
  3. Does your skin respond well to this? Then use it once a day during your evening skin care routine.
  4. For best results, use it along with other skin care products that contain skin-repairing ingredients, antioxidants and niacinamide.
  5. And always use a sunscreen when using retinol!

Do you find retinol a little too exciting to use? Vitamin C is a good alternative!

Front photo: The Junessa Rendon Collection

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