Retinol is a retinoid that is derived from Vitamin A. Retinol is an exfoliator that works by stimulating collagen production to accelerate the turnover of your skin cells.
Retinol based skincare offers many benefits therefore it is no surprise that many people turn to retinol to help with the overall appearance and texture of their skin, as well as to combat the signs of ageing such as age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
We’ve previously discussed how to apply retinol and here we will be showing you how to use retinol with other skincare products in your routine.
Discover: What is retinol?
Using Retinol With Other Skincare Products
Retinol based skincare is recommended to be used as part of your evening skincare routine and the key to seeing the best results from retinol comes from consistent use.
We recommended using your retinol-based skincare once or twice a week for best results. It is always best to build up your skin’s tolerance first. Therefore, if your skin is feeling somewhat sensitive afterwards, reduce your usage and choose skincare with a lower percentage of retinol.
Step 1: Cleanse your skin
Cleanse your skin with your favourite cleanser to remove makeup and dirt that has built up during the day. Following this, gently pat your skin dry.
Step 2: Apply Serum
At this stage, it’s recommended to use a water-based serum such as hyaluronic acid. Once your water-based serum has been absorbed and your skin is dry, it’s time to apply your retinol skincare!
Step 3: Apply your chosen retinol
Apply a pea-size amount of your chosen retinol serum or moisturiser to your fingers and apply it to your skin gently.
Step 4: Apply a nourishing moisturiser
Once you have applied your retinol serum, you can complete your retinol routine with a hydrating moisturiser as retinoids can be quite drying on the skin.
LOOKFANTASTIC top tip: Don’t forget to apply an SPF in the morning to protect your skin as retinol can make your skin more sensitive.
The Best Retinol Skincare Products
Retinol skincare is available in a number of different formulas including serums, moisturisers and drops.
Rodial Retinol 10% Booster Drops
Suited to those who want to brighten their skin or target an uneven appearance these potent 10% retinol drops are ideal for skin that is ageing. To apply, gently massage 2-3 drops onto a cleansed face and neck, paying particular attention to areas with expression lines. For best results use twice a week.
Zelens Power A Retexturising and Renewing Serum
This renewing and brightening serum contains a natural retinol alternative, which is more gentle on the skin than a regular retinol serum. This powerful serum promotes a smoother, brighter and clearer surface texture making it perfect for those with a dull or lacklustre complexion.
Medik8 Crystal Retinal 1 Serum
Ideal for those looking for impressive anti-ageing results, this serum is formulated with 0.01% stabilised retinal. Retinal can deliver results comparable to clinical-grade vitamin A up to 11 times faster than traditional forms of retinol. Featuring hyaluronic acid, glycerin and vitamin E, this serum hydrates skin deeply to encourage a plumper, brighter visage.
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic and Retinol Anti-Ageing Moisturizer
This powerful moisturiser contains a blend of Retinol, Ferulic Acid and the brand’s own ECG Complex™. Ideal for those with skin showing signs of fine lines and wrinkles, this formula will help plump out the noticeable signs of ageing. If you’re looking for brighter and tighter skin, this might just be the retinol-based moisturiser for you.
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