Introducing Retinol Skincare to yourself

Skincare is a cultivated interest for me that I am proud of. We have talked about jade rollers, derma rollers and even Korean beauty. Now, let’s do a round up on some Retinol skincare aka Vitamin A. Now you must have heard of Retinol as well as Retinoids. If you have been thinking that these are the same, you’ve been living under a rock probably. Okay, just kidding. But yes, Retinol is the over the counter version of Retinoids, both derivatives of Vitamin A. Retinol are a less concentrated version of Retinoids which have clinically proven to make your skin look just as they were a few years ago. So, basically these two are more like cousins and not clones. Retinol skincare is essential and you will exactly know why.

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What is Retinol?

Retinol falls under its umbrella term Retinoids which is nothing but Vitamin A in a lesser intensity. Retinol skincare is known to reduce the signs of ageing and can even reverse sun damage effects. Adding retinol in moderate quantities recommended by dermatologist can speed up the process of cell regeneration encouraging smoother and even complexion. Using retinol can significantly reduce hyperpigmentation too and has clinically proven to show results from anywhere between 4-12 weeks.

Why Retinol?

If you’re nearing 30 and you are suffering with anything like fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, uneven skin tone and texture, you need some Vitamin A in your skincare routine. Retinol skincare helps reducing all the above skin symptoms and boosts collagen products and skin renewal that begins to decline as you hit 30 and over. Yes, even younger women can use retinol in controlled amount if you’re over 25 because prevention is better than cure.

OTC retinol ranges from 0.5%-2.0% concentration and is likely to eliminate problems like redness, irritation and itchiness. That’s the kind you need.


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When and how to apply?

Retinol is usually available in forms of serums or creams. Many say it is best to follow retinol skincare during the night just before you go to sleep, but arguably many think that following a cleanse+Retinol cream+Vitamin C+SPF will not really harm your skin in anyway. Yes, the night routine has the maximum advantage, but pairing Vitamin A and Vitamin C followed by SPF will not add to sun damage. The redness that appears during the day is just to do with the heat and not with applying retinol.

Here’s how retinol skincare regime will work best for you:

  • Cleanse and tone, that’s basic.
  • Apply your Retinol Serum.
  • You can also apply a moisturizer for maximum hydration or just leave it as it is.

Whenever you plan to just start using Retinol in your skincare routine, try and just use one product with Vitamin A, so the progress on your skin does not hinder. Retinol is suitable for all skin types but makes sure one should not use it when pregnant or breastfeeding. This is advised only to avoid any clashes with the medications given to the mother.

Note: You cannot use retinoid directly because it is a concentrated version of retinol.

 Retinol or following a retinol skincare doesn’t sound so bad. The key is to know how much to really use. You must consult your dermatologist if you have any skin problems and are taking medications for that currently. 


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Some amazing brands you can look for your Retinol skincare are St. Botanica, Neutrogena, Murad, Kate Somerville, Perricone MD, Chantecaille and Paula’s Choice.

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