Retinol: The Magical Ingredient For Flawless Skin


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Greetings folks! In today’s post, we’ll be talking about another popular skincare ingredient – retinol.

If you follow any skincare experts, you must have surely heard them talk about this magical ingredient and the many wonders it can do for your skin.

Retinol offers several skincare benefits, from smoothening wrinkles and fine lines to fading discoloration, acne marks, and blemishes.

Read on as we’ll be covering everything you should know about retinol.

First And Foremost, What Is Retinol?

Retinol is essentially a type of Vitamin A, and it’s used to help reduce wrinkles and treat acne. It’s also a specific form of retinoids, which is the umbrella term for all derivatives of Vitamin A.

Retinoid tends to be more potent than retinol. For this reason, retinol is much more accessible, and one doesn’t require a prescription to use it. It’s also more commonly found in most over-the-counter skincare products.

Retinol: What It Does For Your Skin?

Retinol works quite differently. Rather than eliminating dead skin cells like most acne and anti-aging products, it goes deep beneath your outermost skin layer to your dermis. 

Once it reaches the dermis, it neutralizes free radicals to increase collagen and elastin production, creating a “plumping effect.” This helps in reducing signs of fine lines, enlarged pores, and wrinkles. That’s not all; retinol also works as an exfoliating agent on your skin’s surface and further improves its tone and texture.

What Skincare Benefits Does Retinol Offer?

Here are some key skincare benefits that retinol offers:

·      Retinol boosts your skin’s production of collagen and natural chemicals such as hyaluronic acid. All these help in keeping your skin soft and supple

·      It increases your skin’s cell turnover and oil production, which, in turn, reduces acne

·      Retinol also improves the the flow of blood to your skin, which boosts collagen production and helps eliminate wrinkles and fine lines

·       It also helps in brightening dull skin

In a nutshell, retinol is most commonly used for treating the following skin conditions:

·      Uneven skin texture

·      Wrinkles

·      Fine lines

·      acne

·      Freckles, age spots

·      Large pores due to collagen loss, acne, or oily skin

What’s the Best Way to Use Retinol?

So, how do I add retinol to my daily skincare regime? If that’s what you’re thinking, here’s what you need to do:

·      Cleanse your face using a gentle cleanser

·      Wait until your skin is fully dry and apply a small amount (pea-size) of the retinol onto your face

·      If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer after you apply the treatment

·      Remember only to use retinol at night and to apply sunscreen the following day.

Is Retinol Suitable For Every Skin Type?

Retinol offers several skincare benefits. But, it can cause specific side effects like skin irritation and dryness, especially if you have sensitive skin. Some other side effects include itchiness, redness, and peeling skin.

As such, it’s always recommended to use a product that has low retinol concentration and use it twice a week. Once your skin becomes more tolerable, you can increase the frequency of your usage. Plus, you can opt for products with a higher retinol concentration.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are tons of benefits to adding retinol to your daily skincare regime. So, what do you think? Will you be using it, or have you started using it already? I’d like to hear from you.

Also, if you have any questions, kindly post them in the comments section below, and we’ll answer you ASAP!

Candid Skincare

I suffered from acne for a long time and that's how I got interested in skincare. I believe that skincare is essential and doesn't have to be expensive. Through this blog, I want to present to you skincare tips and affordable products that actually work.

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