Retinol is one of the most popular ways to help skin look younger. They come from vitamin A and have been around since the early 1970s. A dermatologist-approved derivative of vitamin A, clinical trials have repeatedly shown retinol to improve skin cell turnover and minimise the breakdown of collagen (which leads to fine lines). Retinol has also been shown to help with skin concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, dryness, rough skin texture, blemishes and enlarged pores.
When using retinol, dermatologists recommend three months on, two months off for a maximum period of 18 months. This will ensure optimal results as well as skin safety.
Here's what you need to know about Retinol before investing in it for your skincare regime.
Retinol is an effective anti-ageing treatment
After the age of 30, cell regeneration slows down, turning over every 50, 60, or 70 days. The slower cell regeneration is what causes the face to look dry, dull and wrinkly. When applied to your face, retinol inhibits collagen breakdown and is thought to stimulate the production of both collagen and elastin, which can help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Try the Dr Grandel PCO Retinol Ampoules, this active ingredient concentrate ampoule works against the signs of ageing and reduces visibly pronounced wrinkles. Follow use of the ampoules, at night, with the Dr Grandel Timeless Retinol Balm - an ultra-moisturising balm with a special focus on reducing fine lines and wrinkles noticeably and visibly. This balm can be used in both the morning and the evening.
Start using Retinol in your mid-20s
Most dermatologists advise introducing the ingredient into your skincare routine in your mid-twenties, particularly if you suffer from breakouts or pigmentation. Using it sooner rather than later ensures the skin’s foundation is as strong as possible, so it can resist wrinkling as you age. It is important to first test out retinol for a few days a week before applying it every day, this is to make sure that your skin does not react in a negative way.
You can start off with Environ Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum, it contains introductory concentrations of vitamin A and C in a non-irritating formula but penetrates the skin cells deeply bathing them in these much-needed vitamins and antioxidants. Or try Dr Gandel Protect A.C.E Vita Night to keep skin silky, luminous and youthful.
Retinol may help brighten up dull skin
Retinol works by calming down the skin cells that produce melanin, a dark pigment in the skin. These cells are responsible for skin conditions like melasma, which causes discolouration of the skin. Retinol causes skin cells to turn over, so that skin becomes healthier and looks brighter.
The use of Environ Body Essentia Vitamin A,C,E Body Oil Forte helps to nourish and relieve the appearance of dry and sun-damaged skin.
There can be side effects to it
Mild side effects with the start of using retinol, like irritation, dryness and extreme sensitivity are normal while using retinol in the beginning, those with severe acne or eczema issues should steer clear of retinol all together.
How to use Retinol
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser: Try Nimue Cleansing Gel Refill or QMS Hydro Foam Hydrating Recovery Mask.
- When your skin is dry, apply a pea-sized amount of retinol treatment on your face.
- Use a light moisturiser after applying your retinol treatment to prevent dryness. Use Dr Grandel Elements of Nature Hydro Soft 24H Care or Skin Affair Organic Daily Moisturiser with SPF15 & blue light blockers. These both provide the skin with rich and long-lasting moisture.