Let’s talk about RETINOL! This must-have skin care ingredient has been poppin’ up left and right – including in the latest release from Enza Essentials, the Vitamin A Refining Complex! I’m here to tell you what exactly retinol is, what it can do for your skin (spoiler alert: almost everything), and how to use it in your own regimen!
WHAT IS RETINOL?
In general, retinol is a form of vitamin A that you can find in skin care serums and creams. This super-important ingredient promotes quicker skin cell regeneration, and this leads to fresh and youthful skin! While retinol diminishes wrinkles and fine lines, it also corrects age spots, smooths and balances tone and texture, AND fights acne. What CAN’T retinol do?!
WHO CAN USE RETINOL?
OK, so I was SOLD at “skin cell regeneration” – but exactly who can use this ingredient?? The answer: basically anyone. As there are different derivatives (or “retinoids”) based on strength of the product, you may need to do your research on just what kind you need. For example, most OTC products that contain “retinyl” are great for sensitive or dry skin as it is a gentler formula. As you move up to prescription-based retinols, your skin could show more telltale signs of irritation! Overall, this ingredient is PERFECT to start using in your 20s for prevention (I’ve already started mine!) or later in life for all types of correction.
WHY SHOULD I USE RETINOL?
If you still aren’t convinced on the wonders of vitamin A or retinol, read up! Because retinol converts into retinoic acid, its small molecular structure can penetrate more easily and deeply into the skin. This means that it works on a CELLULAR level, not just on a topical level! It truly is the miracle ingredient that works better than other products designed to only treat the surface of the skin.
HOW SHOULD I USE RETINOL?
Finally, here is a quick do’s and don’ts checklist for using a retinol in your skin care regimen:
DO: Layer your products thin to thick.
After cleansing and toning your skin at night, apply a pea-sized amount of your retinoid product to your entire face. From there, wait 30 seconds, then finish with moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and protected overnight!
DON’T: Over-do it.
Slowly introduce this ingredient into your routine about twice weekly, then gradually up your usage until your skin adjusts to nightly retinol application. To avoid further skin irritation and sensitivity during this adjustment period, alternate other acid use in the morning or on nights you aren’t using retinol! It’s also OK to layer in a hydrating serum (like one packed with peptides) to protect your skin.
DO: ALWAYS remember SPF!
As retinol use causes the skin to be more photosensitive, it is SO important that you have enough protection from damaging UVA/UVB rays. After all, you can’t repair sun damage in the skin when you’re not preventing it at the same time!
DON’T: Expect instant results.
Great skin takes great responsibility. That’s the quote, right?? You’ll have to be patient for at least 4-8 weeks before you can see healthier, brighter, all-over more beautiful skin! But, trust me, it’s sooo worth the wait.
Do you use a retinol or vitamin A product in your skin routine? What changes have you noticed?? Let me know in the comments, then shop the Vitamin A Refining Complex (which I LOVE) below!
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