One of the best skincare ingredients is retinol. When it comes to anti-aging, fine lines, wrinkles, and breakouts, nothing is as powerful as retinol. However, it’s greatly misunderstood due to misconceptions about its effect on the skin.
That’s why we’ll discuss facts about retinol, its skin benefits, and how to properly use it for the best results. Keep reading to learn more on how to level up your skincare routine!
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a form of retinoids which are derivatives of Vitamin A. Retinoids are lipophilic molecules that assist in normal cell reproduction. When applied to the skin, cells are triggered to turn over rapidly and results in skin cells dying to make room for the new skin underneath.
Numerous clinical studies were made and showed the effects of retinol application on the skin. Kafi et. al. specifically had a result of increased glycosaminoglycan expression and collagen production. These indicate that there’s an effect in the treatment of aged skin from retinol and it’s recommended to use it regularly for significant improvements.
Why Should You Add It to Your Routine?
Retinol is found in many cosmetics products, like in Unity’s Age Reversal Eye Serum. This is because it:
- Helps remove and reduce signs of aging
- Improve fine lines and skin texture
- Enhance skin turn over and regeneration rate
- Reduces appearance of large pores
- Evens skin tone
- Unclog pores
- Potentially amplify effects of other creams and gels
Correct Way/Order in Using Retinol for Best Results
Retinol is best applied during the night since the sunlight can weaken its effects. Less is more so use only a pea-size amount for the entire face.
For new users, start by applying once or twice a week since it can irritate sensitive skins and cause dryness to some.
For prescription-strength users, it should be the first skincare layer on the skin after washing and cleansing and before applying any moisturizer.
It shouldn’t be used with any other products with exfoliating or acne-fighting ingredients. Also, remember to apply anti-aging sunscreen since the skin can be extra sensitive under the sun when using retinol.
Although there are many misconceptions about retinol, it still proves to be one of the best products for a good skincare routine. For best results, apply it based on your skin type and use it regularly.