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What Is Retinol?
This buzzy skincare ingredient is actually a vitamin A derivative. You’ll find both prescription and over-the-counter versions of retinol in serums, eye creams, balms, body lotions, and more. Retinol skincare products are mainly seen as a treatment for aging skin, although it also has benefits for acne, hyperpigmentation, dullness, and rough skin texture. Because of this, retinol can be used for all ages. In fact, it’s a great preventative treatment for premature aging.
What Are the Benefits of Retinol?
Retinol triggers a speedier cellular turnover rate, which is when old skin cells flake off and new ones come to the surface. Basically, retinol allows a fresh, even-toned, smooth complexion to rise to the surface more quickly than usual. Because of this, retinol can heal acne breakouts, brighten dark spots, smooth fine lines, and restore skin firmness more quickly than it normally could. While it is effective, it is not safe for those that are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The Best Retinol for Sensitive Skin
Depending on the specific formula and concentration, retinol can be too powerful for some, particularly those with sensitive skin. Start by using retinol once per week and work your way up. If your skin feels dry, irritated, or flaky after using retinol, that product may not agree with your complexion and you may need to find a lower concentration or opt for encapsulated retinol or retinol alternatives. Encapsulated retinol bypasses the skin’s outer barrier, where irritation usually occurs, to release the active deep down beneath the layers of skin. Natural, plant-based retinol alternatives, such as bakuchiol and arophira, are much gentler on the skin while still delivering results. Our Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum uses a combination of these natural alternatives and microencapsulated retinol; it’s ideal for sensitive skin or those trying retinol for the first time. The formula is so gentle, it can even be used on back-to-back nights.
How to Layer Retinol Skincare
Usage instructions for retinol will vary from product to product, but becausethis vitamin A derivative does cause the skin to become more sensitive to the sun, it is usually recommended as part of a nighttime routine. Don’t forget to apply it on the neck and chest, too. If you use retinol during the morning, always follow up with sunscreen to ensure your skin is protected. Retinol doesn’t mix well with benzoyl peroxide, as the two ingredients cancel each other out. It also can sometimes be irritating when layered with AHAs and vitamin C; if you’re prone to irritation, use these ingredients during separate routines.