Ready to start using Retinol? The Complete How-To Guide from Cosmetic Nurse Elly
First things first with Retinol- Slow is the key.
Retinol (Vitamin A) is a powerful antioxidant with VERY generous positive ageing properties as it speeds up how fast our skin cells naturally turnover. Retinol is also a powerful stimulator of fibroblast cells, one of the most abundant cells in the skin. These cells are responsible for producing firming collagen and hydrating powerhouse hyaluronic acid.
Now, when we are young our skin has a quick turnover of 4-6 weeks, however, as we age this can increase to up to 12 weeks. This results in dull, rough, aged looking skin lacking its brightness. Retinol is considered the BEST product to use to fight the signs of skin aging. But it comes with a clear set of directions.
Due to Retinols potency, it can be irritating if used too quickly and is not to be used in delicate areas of the face like eyes, lips and corners of the nose.
Now how do I use it?
When starting our 0.25% Encapsulated Retinol Serum, its always best to start every 2-3 days, and always only at night-time followed by a moisturiser. This allows the skin to get use to it and reduce the risk of irritation and dryness.
Apply the dispensed amount to face and neck, avoid delicate areas like the eyes and lips.
After 2-4 weeks if skin has no signs of dryness, flaking or sensitivity you can increase to every second night and then eventually over time, if tolerated, every night.
Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to the sun so ALWAYS use and SPF, otherwise you are causing more damage than good- remember Retinol's job is to reveal fresh new undamaged skin cells.
PRO TIP: For every decade old you are how frequently you should be using your Retinol.
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