We have all heard a plethora of times that retinol is exceptional for our skin, am I right? It is supposed to be a magical skin-care ingredient that promises flawless skin. Right from correcting hyperpigmentation to rectifying acne in adults, retinol is basically the Holy Grail when it comes to skin products. However, there is a catch. When not used the right way, the effects can be adverse. And, we don’t want that, do we? After all, the advantages of this fantastic product are plenty, such as skin brightening, anti-aging effects, controlling breakouts, fading dark spots, and more. So, take a look at the skincare rules you must follow when using retinol for maximum benefits.
Don’t Rush It
Retinol is available in the market in varying percentages. However, if you think choosing the strongest one is the best option then you are wrong. Yes, I can understand your impatience, but you must let your skin get adjusted to the product slowly and steadily. So, if this is your first rodeo, start with a low strength, which is 0.25 percent.
Use it once a week and work your way up from there. At least for three weeks, you must do it once a week, and then, if your skin shows no irritation (redness, itching, burning, or bumps), start using it every alternate day and finally every other night. But remember, if at any point your skin starts to feel sensitive, take a step back. Start using it a couple of times a week and see how it goes. Always listen to your skin.
Part Of Your Nighttime Routine
Always use retinol at night because it makes your skin sensitive to UV rays and sunlight, thus decreasing the effect it has on you. And, that’s not all. Once you start using retinol, it is important for you to use sunscreen religiously, without fail and avoid spending too much time in direct sunlight.
Don’t Limit It To Your Face
If the purpose of using retinol is anti-aging then don’t just stop at your face. Make sure you use it on your neck and also other areas that show signs of aging. And although the skin around the eyes is sensitive, you should gently apply it there too because that’s where the most damage occurs.
A Little Bit Goes A Long Way
Before applying retinol, first, cleanse your skin and once you pat it dry, give it a few minutes to get rid of any lingering moisture completely. It is always better to wait for 15-20 minutes because damp skin can cause irritation. Then, just take a pea-size amount of the product and using your fingers to smooth it all over your face and neck. Don’t rub it too hard. Since retinol can cause dryness, after about 45 minutes, use your regular serum and moisturizers on your face. However, it is important that you avoid anything that includes benzoyl peroxides or salicylic acids.
When you start using retinol regularly, it will make your skin more sensitive. Therefore, it is important to remain gentle with your skin and avoid exfoliating it too much or too frequently. The most common myth we believe is that retinol also exfoliates the skin, but the peeling and redness we see once we start using the product is a mere side-effect. So, stick to mild exfoliation once a week.
The Results Are Not Immediate
No product will give you the results the very next day and the same goes for retinol. You must remain patient for at least four to six weeks before it really works. For some, it even takes about 12 weeks for retinol to work its magic. So, don’t give up.
Maybe you have been using retinol for almost a year now. So, what next? Should you continue? Basically, using retinol for approximately a year can enhance your skin significantly. In this time, it will also fade blotches and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. But don’t stop just yet. Instead of hastily embracing another ingredient, you can actually go for stronger prescription retinol.
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