What is Retinol? Its Benefits and much more
Skincare is a vast industry and with a plethora of products coming every day, it is tough to decide which one to use. To make things easier, the best part is to go by the ingredients and not by the brand name! The ingredient I am going to talk about today is Retinol. What is retinol for skin aging and what are its other benefits? I will also be discussing how to use retinol and incorporate it into your daily skincare routine.
What is Retinol?
I am not going into the scientific details; retinol is made of Vitamin A. it is used for topical application and upon combining with the skin enzymes, it turns into retinoic acid. It is important to note here that it cannot be and should not be applied directly. Hence, retinol creams, serums, and lotions are there in the market.
Benefits for Your Skin
It is one of the magical ingredients in the skincare industry which can drastically change your skin for the better. However, you do need to be careful of its application. I will be discussing those details later in this blog! Retinol is a masterstroke that reverses the signs of aging. In our late twenties, we generally start to get fine lines, pigmentation, and dark spots and as we age, these signs appear more.
Now incorporating retinol into your daily skincare routine will help you get rid of all of this. You will experience smoother, well-textured, and even-toned skin. It does so by increasing the collagen production in your skin and accelerating skin renewal. Mentioned below are few benefits of topical application of Retinol
- Smooth outs fine lines and wrinkles due to its minimizing effect.
- Exfoliates the skin cells and gives brighter and smoother skin.
- Help get rid of dark spots and pigmentation
- Prevents breakouts and acne scars as well.
- Gives plump skin that looks younger
Looking at all these benefits, who wouldn’t want to use retinol? Well, before you jump into buying the products, keep reading because there is more to it. [you may also like to read: Skincare Products that changed my skin]
Side Effects of Retinol
Yes! There are cons too. Too much of anything is bad and the same is the case with this magic ingredient. If used in the wrong way and in the wrong quantity, retinol can actually damage the skin. It can cause redness or can even peel the skin. Furthermore, the drying effect of retinol can also lead to flaky skin if used more often.
So your skin takes time before it understands the ingredient and makes peace with it. Hence, you need to start slow and let the magic work! I would always recommend you talk to your dermatologist before making it a part of your routine.
When to start using?
A question that comes up very often is what is the right age to start using retinol? Well, the dermatologists do say that you can start anytime after your turn 23-24. However, I personally feel you can give it a little time. I would say start once you turn 27 maybe! Having said that, understand that every person’s skin behaves differently. You might need the ingredient later than when others do. So, understand your skin and when you feel it’s time, I will share the list of best retinol products with you… [Also Read: Get Glowing Skin Naturally]
Retinol in Right Way
Now that you know what is retinol, coming straight to the point, start with the product that has a retinol composition of 0.025% which is generally the lowest there is. Once your skin gels well with it, you can consider increasing this percentage. Few tips to remember while using retinol products:
- Start with a lesser concentration
- Apply it every alternate day to start with and after a month or two you can start using it daily
- Once you apply the product, wait for 10 minutes and layer it up with a good sunscreen
- Avoid stepping out in sun after retinol application
- The best way is to use it at night.
While you are using the retinol products, make sure you don’t ignore any signs that your skin is giving. If at all you experience something unusual, get in touch with your dermatologist.
In the next blog, super soon (I promise!), I will be sharing the best products in the market that gives good results and are safe to use. Till then, please follow me on Instagram for product reviews.