Trying to get your skin to love retinol? Try this:

Trying to get your skin to love retinol? Try this:

Retinol (or Vitamin A) is a holy grail ingredient that smooths fine lines like no other. BUT, it can also be notoriously difficult to incorporate in your skincare routine. Retinol is an active ingredient and can be a shock to sensitive skin that isn’t used to it.

Retinol speeds up your skin cell turnover (i.e. your skin’s renewal process). This means brighter skin, fewer lines, and less acne. It’s clinically proven to work, and is why so many dermatologists love it!

But if you have reactive skin, work up to it. Here’s a good analogy: Think about you running on a treadmill at speed 6, and then your PT dialling it up all the way to speed 16 without warning! Unless you’re already a runner, your muscles will be singing you the song of its people the next day. And your skin, if not used to retinol, will also give you negative feedback the next morning.
You can also apply a barrier-fortifying cream afterwards, like Skin&Lab’s Barrierderm, Purito’s Oat-In-Calming Gel Cream or B5 Panthenol Re-Barrier Cream.

Start applying retinol once weekly, and then after a month, if your skin is liking it, move it to twice a week – and then 3-4x a week gradually.

Only use retinol in the evenings and ALWAYS use an SPF during the day, as retinol can increase your skin’s vulnerability to UV rays.

If you’re sunburned, or suffering burning or a weakened skin barrier, ditch your retinol and all active ingredients, and work on rebuilding your skin barrier FIRST. Healthy skin starts with a good barrier – retinol and other active ingredients meanwhile, are simply the cherry on top.

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