When it comes to skin care, Retinol is always the answer, regardless of the question. Whether you be having issues with acne, brown spots, drooping or dark circles – when combating skin issues most dermatologists will speak highly of retinol. But what is this magic potion and should you add it to your skincare regime?
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A which contains retinoic acid, the active form of vitamin A that causes our skin to behave healthier and look younger. Skin renewal is promoted by the enhancement of collagen production and can help reduce the appearance of acne and scaring as well as reverse some signs of aging.
What age should I apply retinol cream?
Many skin doctors swear by the results of retinol, however younger skin types are unlikely to see the effects to the same extent as those over 30. As you age, your skin cells stop maturing and begin to pile up. Retinol cream works on a cellular level to normalise skin turnover, essentially telling your skin cells to renew themselves again. Whilst those under 30 may not be as concerned about their fine lines and wrinkles, prevention is always better than cure and using retinol to prevent the future formation of skin blemishes can help set you up with great skin for life. Our customers say their skin feels firmer and looks brighter after only a couple weeks using Retinol.
When should I apply retinol cream?
Retinol can leave your skin looking better than ever, but be cautious when you use it. Applying it at the wrong time can leave your skin irritated – JustMyLook recommends waiting a while after cleansing or exfoliating, or when in the sun. Retinol can normalise the outer layer of your skin, therefore those with sensitive skin should stick to applying at night. Retinol is sometimes incorporated into acne products, however mixing it with a separate anti-aging product can diminish clear, glowing skin and instead cause redness or burning. Know when to stop using retinol, for example if your skin begins to show signs of redness, dryness, or is flaky or irritated, reducing your usage or trying a milder Retinol product could be the best options for you.
How long to see results with retinol?
Because of the potency of retinol, it is recommended that you start with smaller amounts and build up a tolerance. There are a lot of different formulations and everyone has different skin types, therefore it’s hard to pinpoint an exact date in which one would see results, however many people report smoother and more even skin after between six to twelve weeks.
At JustMyLook we offer Retinol based products by The Ordinary and Skincare Cosmetics. Our customer’s love the results they have seen from these products highlighting the fast results in minimizing scars, acne and signs of ageing. If you are new to Retinol based products and would like to see the results for yourself, we would recommends starting with Skincare Cosmetic’s Anti-Wrinkle Facial Serum or The Ordinary’s Retinol 1% in Squalene.