The Secret to Using Retinol Serum for Any Skin Type

The Secret to Using Retinol Serum for Any Skin Type

Retinol serums in general are pretty ideal for most skin types, especially a good nature-based retinol serum. In fact, you may already be using retinol serum as part of your age-defying skincare routine.

If you are, you already know that one of the benefits of using retinol serum is that its sort of a skincare jack-of-all-trades. Not only does it keep skin moisturized, but retinol serum also exfoliates, boosts vitamin A levels in the skin, keeps pores clear, and helps even skin tone.

All of these retinol serum benefits help with making wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, and other signs of aging less visible, while also boosting your overall complexion. These rejuvenating benefits are probably why you may be the most familiar with using retinol serum for aging skin.

So, this all seems like kind of a no-brainer: retinol serum in and of itself can help rejuvenate just about any complexion… but here’s where we take it to the next level. The secret to getting the most out of your retinol serum is to help boost the benefits your individual skin needs the most.

As we break down each retinol serum benefit, we’ll show you how to use the natural carriers and essential oils to really go after your own complexion pet peeves. It’s so simple, but a real skin-care game changer!


Before You Get Started

We recommend you always do a skin patch test before using any new product on your skin, whether it’s a serum or essential oil. Everyone’s body is unique so it’s impossible to predict sensitivities and allergic reactions to something you’ve never used before.

You should also be careful whenever applying essential oils to the skin. They can work wonders, but should never be used topically without diluting them. Some essential oils are also photosensitive, meaning they can cause irritation when skin is exposed to the sun. This is also true of vitamin C which is an ingredient present in most retinol serums.

Photosensitive ingredients are best used at night or in conjunction with a good sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or higher. If you’ve never used face serums before, check out this video we made showing you exactly how to use retinol serum and others in your daily skincare routine.

How to Use Retinol Serum for Aging Skin

Most retinol benefits come from the fact that it’s a derivative of vitamin A. Your skin needs vitamin A to function properly, but your body doesn’t make any on its own. That’s where retinol serums come into play.

Boosting low vitamin A levels helps your skin stay elastic. Retinol serums are also lightweight moisturizers, meaning they deeply penetrate the skin to deliver moisture. This is key because the more you plump up the skin so it’s nice and hydrated, the less visible the fine line and wrinkles become.

An important part of using face serums like retinol serum is following with an emollient moisturizer to seal in the hydration the serum brings to the party. Rosehip oil is one of the best natural emollient moisturizers you can use to compliment retinol serum in age-defying skincare.

Not only does it help lock in the good stuff retinol serum delivers, rosehip oil is also full of antioxidants which are super important for beautiful, ageless skin. Try this combo before bed to boost your retinol serum:

Retinol Serum + Rosehip Oil

  • 1. After washing and toning, apply a pea-sized amount of retinol serum all over the face and neck. Let sit 3-5 minutes or until fully absorbed.

  • 2. With clean fingertips massage 1-2 drops of rosehip oil into the face and neck. Let absorb and sink in overnight.

  • 3. Wash, tone, and moisturize as usual in the morning.

How to Use Retinol Serum for Dull Dry Skin

The vitamin A in retinol serums is also fabulous for exfoliating, which is key when you’re trying to revitalize dull dry skin. To really give dull dry skin the ol’ one-two punch, try adding soothing lavender essential oil.

Aromatherapy Bonus: The herbaceous floral woodsy scent of lavender creates a calm peaceful vibe perfect for relaxing before bed.

Retinol Serum + Lavender Oil

  • 1. Add 6 drops of lavender oil to 1 fl oz of retinol serum. Mix well.

  • 2. Use lavender retinol serum as usual and follow with an emollient natural oil.

  • 3. If you’re skin is dry and aging, or often very dry, try combining with the rosehip oil technique above.

How to Use Retinol Serum for Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

Vitamin A is also commonly used in the treatment of acne. Unlike more severe topical retinoids that must be prescribed by a doctor, retinol serum is an over-the-counter beauty product that can help you avoid breakouts.

Retinol serum is best used on oily and acne-prone skin to keep pores clear and avoid trapped bacteria turning into acne. The vitamin A in retinol serum doesn’t just exfoliate the skin’s surface but also whisks away oil, impurities, and dead skin cells from inside pores.

If you have acne-prone skin, try boosting your retinol serum with tea tree oil. The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil mean fewer bacteria in danger of becoming trapped in pores. Combine that with less pore-clogging debris like oil and dead skin and you’ve reduced some key skin issues that lead to acne.

Retinol Serum Anti-Breakout Boost

  • 1. Add 6 drops of tea tree oil to 1 fl oz of retinol serum. Mix well.

  • 2. For acne-prone skin, use tea tree retinol serum as usual and follow with a natural emollient like jojoba oil.

  • 3. If your concern is just the occasional blemish, you can also use your tea tree retinol serum as a spot treatment.

How to Use Retinol Serum for Blotchy or Uneven Skin Tone

Dark under-eye circles, acne scarring, and age spots all create an uneven skin tone. Retinol serums can help improve your complexion by helping to even out pigmentation, fade age spots, and speed up the turnover of surface skin cells.


Known for its ability to brighten complexions, lemon oil is the perfect compliment to retinol serum if your goal is getting a more even skin tone. With its bright sunny scent, lemon oil uplifts your spirit to enhance your inner glow as well as your outer radiance.

Retinol Serum + Lemon Oil

  • 1. Add 6 drops of lemon oil to 1 fl oz of retinol serum. Mix well.

  • 2. Use lemon retinol serum as usual and follow with natural emollient oil.

  • 3. Best used at night to avoid photosensitivity.

How Will You Make The Most of Your Retinol Serum?

If you’re serious about taking care of your skin to invest in its gorgeous glowing future, retinol serum is a must-have. Obviously. But now you have the inside scoop on how to take it to the next level and make your retinol serum work even better for your personal skincare needs.

Which retinol serum boost will you try or are you already using it in a unique way? We want to know! Shout out your serum secrets in the comments. You can also email us or get at us on the artnaturals® YouTube channel to ask questions. We might just answer yours in a video!

Here at artnaturals, we carry both Retinol Serum and a 3-in-1 Retinol Face Mask to help hydrate and restore damaged skin.


The Secret to Using Retinol Serum for Any Skin Type

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