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How to add Retinol into your skincare routine

How to add Retinol into your skincare routine

Adding our 0.25% Encapsulated Retinol Serum into your routine should be an easy process. 

Retinol is always applied at night time and can be applied after Saint Louve Vitamin B3, B5 & Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum for an extra hydration boost.

Highly-concentrated exfoliants, like (AHAs) alpha hydroxy acids and (BHAs) beta hydroxy acids, should not be used at the same time or on the same night as retinol. The combination of exfoliation of the skins surface and the use of retinol can be very irritating. 


Ingredients retinol LOVES to be pair with: 

Retinol + Niacinamide= Niacinamide plays well with retinol. Whilst retinols treat photoaging, when starting a new retinol treatment, it’s not uncommon to have slight irritation and dryness as your skin adapts. By adding niacinamide to your regimen, you can lessen irritation and dry skin. Research suggests that pre-treating the skin with niacinamide before the application of retinol will increase the skin's tolerance towards retinol and reduce irritation. This is a direct result of how niacinamide improves the barrier function of the skin. Saint Louve 0.25% Encapsulated Retinol Serum contains 4% Niacinamide in its formulation for this very reason.    

Retinol + Vitamin C= Retinol in the PM & 15% Vitamin C Lustrum Serum in the AM is a recipe for brighter skin because both ingredients work well together in reducing dark spots and fine lines. Consider them a "power couple" when it comes to ageing well.

Retinol + Sunscreen= There are two reasons why retinol and sunscreen go hand in hand. Retinol breaks down in sunlight, and it makes your skin more prone to sun damage. Always use your retinol in the PM and sunscreen in the AM.  


When can I expect to see results? 

Retinol is a long-term skin ingredient and something you commit to as part of your continuous routine and skin management.  

  • Fine lines & wrinkles 12-24 weeks 
  • Breakouts & congestion 4-12 weeks 
  • Sun damage/ hyperpigmentation 12- 24 weeks 



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