The Benefits of Retinol, and How to Use it Safely
Retinol has created a name for itself as a powerful anti-aging skincare antidote. When applied topically, this derivative of vitamin A can work wonders for the skin. However, since it is such a powerful substance it is important to understand how it works, in order to make sure you are getting the most out of this skincare product, while still being safe.
What Are the Benefits?
Before we get into how you should use retinol, we must first discuss why you should even use it in the first place! Retinol smooths and refines the skin's texture, and is primarily used by those who wish to combat the effects of aging. This form of vitamin A helps prevent signs of wrinkles due to its minimizing effect and can help smooth out the look of existing fine lines. Retinol can also fade the appearance of dark age spots, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation resulting in an overall clearer-looking complexion.
How Can You Use Retinol Safely?
Since retinol is so powerful, when first introduced to a skincare routine it can cause unwanted irritation, redness, and peeling. This is normal, as the skin usually just needs a little time to adjust. To be safe, start slow and work your way up to higher doses. Start with 1–2 applications per week in your nightly routine, in order to get an idea of how your skin will react, and then slowly increase the dose over time.
It is also a good idea when using a retinol serum to wait 20–30 minutes before applying another skincare product on top. Retinol may make the skin more sensitive to other ingredients, and it is best to not go overboard on the number of products you apply when your skin is in an elevated, hypersensitive state.
Since this substance does make the skin more sensitive, it is also a good idea to stay out of the sun after applying. For this reason, it may be better to introduce this to your nighttime routine vs. your morning.
Now that we have an idea of how to safely use this product, it is time to introduce it into your skincare routine! At night, try artnaturals Retinol Moisturizer, formulated with an all-natural and incredibly powerful blend of potent moisturizing extracts. Likewise, use artnaturals Retinol Serum, formulated with free-radical fighting vitamins C and E, to fight signs of lines, age spots, and wrinkles as you sleep!
Retinol is a powerful substance, and with great power comes great responsibility! Being knowledgeable of your skincare routine is essential for maintaining and cultivating a healthy and happy glow!