Retinol is one of the most powerful ingredients in skincare today. It’s one of the most important parts of any skincare routine, especially once you hit your 30s. But some women have fears about using this powerful ingredient. However, there’s nothing to be scared of.
In this guide, we’re giving you everything you need to know about retinol so that you can enjoy the benefits and improve the look and feel of your skin.
What You Should Know About Retinol
Retinol became one of the most popular actives in skincare because it’s sourced from Vitamin A. It’s often confused for retinoid and retin-A, but it’s simply another name for retinoid. Retinol is a less concentrated version of retinoid and is available over the counter.
Retinoid, on the other hand, is the prescription strength active that’s mostly used for acne and severe skin concerns, including blackheads, whiteheads, and visible signs of aging. It swept the skincare industry by storm because of its ability to treat a variety of skin conditions.
Benefits Of Retinol
There are many benefits to incorporating retinol into your skincare regimen. Using retinol regularly can make your skin firmer. It helps increase collagen production and the regeneration of cells. With the boost in collagen, retinol also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This underrated ingredient can also diminish get rid of acne scars and smooth an uneven skin tone.
How To Use Retinol
Now that you learned about retinol, you should know how to use it in your skincare routine. It comes in the form of ampoules, facial cleansers, eye creams, moisturizers, serums, and more. No matter what kind of skincare product you’re looking for, there is a chance you’ll find one with retinol in it. At JB Cosmetics, our trained aestheticians can help you find the right products for your skin.
Risks With Using Retinol
Even with all the benefits in mind, you should be aware of the risks associated with retinol. Those with sensitive skin should be careful when using this product. It’s best to start with a low concentration and then increase it gradually.
You should also avoid using retinol at the same time as vitamin C. Using both of these together can aggravate your skin. Try using retinol in the morning and vitamin C at night, or vice versa. Additionally, when using retinol with AHAs/BHAs, you want to keep a gap of at least 40 minutes between applications.
You should use retinol on cleansed skin and moisturize after. There’s a chance that it can dry out sensitive skin, and moisturizers can address that issue. And as always, you’ll want to wear sunscreen and apply it throughout the day to ensure your skin is protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
Schedule A Consultation
Retinol helps target a plethora of issues, and as it’s an ingredient in so many skincare products, it’s easily accessible. See the benefits of this powerful ingredient today and schedule a consultation with JB Cosmetics. Our team can have your skin looking beautiful and healthy in no time. Call our Ottawa, Ontario office at 613-369-8369 or use our online contact form.