Let’s Talk Retinol

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At some point in your life, I’m sure you have heard of Retinol. You have probably heard it mentioned in those skincare commercials, or seen it advertised in a magazine. It’s the “must-have” in the products, that they all keep telling you, that you need.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is an antioxidant, also known as Vitamin-A! Wait what? You mean to tell me it’s not some random beauty ingredient but an actual Vitamin?! Yes!!! Well, technically speaking, Retinol is a Retinoid, a derivative of Vitamin-A. Retinol has many uses, but when added to skincare, it quickly becomes a super hero of sorts.

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What are the benefits?

A quick internet search of “Retinol,” and you will quickly find it is known to combat the signs of your skin aging. Retinol works to stimulate collagen production, and helps to visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Along with smoothing wrinkles, Retinol has been known to help clear acne and evens skin tone discoloration. However, don’t rush out to buy the highest strength of Retinol available, if you have never used it. While beneficial, anyone with skin concerns such as Eczema, Psoriasis, pregnant, nursing, or have sunburned skin should try a plant-based alternative to retinol such as Bakuchiol.

How to use Retinol.

When first beginning to use Retinol, no matter your age, always start with a low amount and go slow. It’s recommended to start with a small amount, about the size of a pea, and then wait a few days to monitor for any reactions. If no reactions occur, then it can be added in with your moisturizer, 1-2 times a week. Again, start slow with a small amount at night, since Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight. In the morning, be sure to apply a sunscreen to protect your newly rejuvenated skin. You don’t want to cause damage to your skin by neglecting to protect it; avoid using Retinol with heavy facial scrubs, astringents, and toners that may irritate the skin.

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Am I too young for a skincare routine?

Absolutely not!!! When you’re young, you can get away with just cleansing your face and occasionally moisturizing. In your 20’s, it’s time to start thinking of preventative skincare, to slow down the signs of aging. By the time you reach your 30’s, as you start to see a few fine lines and wrinkles appear, you’ll want to be sure to moisturize, and step up your skincare to combat those fine lines, before they get to deep. Eventually, you’ll notice your skin will start to lose its elasticity and firmness, beginning in your 40’s and increasing with age. At this point, look for products that will plump and firm, but you may also notice your skin feeling dryer: a good moisturizer is what you want! Don’t forget no matter what age you are, SPF is extremely important to protect your skin from sun damage and aging.

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