Retinol is one of the few ingredients that is truly anti-aging. If implemented into your skincare routine early on, it is actually preventative. This powerful skincare ingredient is also ideal for those suffering from breakouts, uneven and dull skin tone, and sunspots. It’s a multitasking complexion savior, and we’re so here for it.
Retinol is a concentrated form of vitamin A, which is used to increase skin cell turnover, boost the skin’s antioxidants, reveal healthier cells, even the complexion and texture, and decrease the appearance of pores and wrinkles. In short, it really is an ingredient that gives you better skin instantly, as well as over time.
While many forms of retinol are available only through a doctor’s prescription (think Retin-A), there are a myriad of products containing this powerful anti-aging, anti-acne ingredient that can be purchased immediately without an Rx.
If you’re not using retinol weekly, you should be. Even those with sensitive skin can benefit from the right retinol: choose one that is time release, a low percentage, or includes hydrating and soothing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and aloe vera.
With retinol, you want to start slowly: apply every third day, at night, then increase to every other night, then build to every night. It’s imperative to use sunscreen every morning, as retinol can increase your skin’s photosensitivity. We don’t use retinol during the day—and we don’t recommend it, either.
You can also find retinol eye creams, like Kiehl’s Youth Dose Eye Treatment and Murad’s Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum, which are both formulated specifically for the skin around the sensitive eye area.
Note: You should not use retinol while pregnant or breastfeeding.