Retinol is commonly used in skincare products for its ability to promote skin health. It can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne by promoting cell turnover and collagen production.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use a retinol:
Selecting a retinol that is suitable for your skin type and concerns. If you’re new to retinol, start with a lower concentration (around 0.25% to 0.5%) to minimise the risk of irritation. Gradually increase the strength as your skin becomes more accustomed to it.
Before applying retinol serum to your entire face, do a patch test on a small area of your skin to ensure you don’t have a negative reaction.
Retinol is typically applied at night because it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. It’s important to use sunscreen during the day when using retinol products.
Start with a gentle cleanser to remove makeup, dirt, and impurities from your face. Make sure your skin is completely dry before applying the retinol serum.Avoid the eye area, as retinol can be too harsh for this sensitive skin. Then, smooth the product over your skin.
In the morning, be sure to apply sunscreen with at least SPF 50 to protect your skin from UV damage, as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.