RETINOL 101

RETINOL 101

Ever looked at a baby and wished for that clear and plump skin once again? Honestly, same. Unfortunately, skin aging is inevitable. Sooner or later, you will slowly see those wrinkle lines, dark spots, and other signs of your face showing your years. The good news is, while it may be inevitable, it’s not the end for our skin. With the many advances in the skin industry, the fight against skin ageing is no longer an impossible feat.

Retinol. You’ve probably heard of it highlighted in many face products and gushed about by beauty experts, calling it the Holy Grail of skincare ingredients. Retinol is one of the less powerful forms of retinoids, a family of compounds that come from Vitamin A. Currently, retinol is the strongest version of retinoid available for over-the-counter purchases but more potent retinoids such as tretinoin are available upon prescription.

While retinol has lesser strength compared to other retinoids, experts say that it provides the same benefits as prescription retinoids, the only difference is it would take longer for the effects to be visible. All retinoids are proven to treat acne, encourage collagen growth, and fight many signs of skin aging. Despite retinol’s amazing reputation in the beauty industry, however, many are still hesitant to include them in their skincare routine because of the countless horror stories of side effects of improper use of retinol.

So, the important question is: should you use retinol, or should you skip it altogether? To answer this, we must first look into the benefits, possible side effects, and the proper use of retinol for your skin.

 

Benefits of Retinol

 

When used properly, retinol can be a game-changer for your skin. Here are some of the top advantages of incorporating retinol into your skincare routine:

  1. Anti-aging

The main reason for skincare brands adding retinol to their products is to eradicate various signs of skin aging including wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and many more.

  1. Acne treatment

Retinol is a great ingredient to help treat and prevent acne. It settles into the surface and middle layer of our skin to unclog pores and remove acne-causing microparticles.

  1. Scar lightening

Being a Vitamin A derivative, retinol promotes cell regeneration and exfoliation which can help lighten acne scars and other skin blemishes.

  1. Boost skin elasticity and brightness

Retinol also helps in collagen production, helping in improving skin texture and brightening your complexion

 

Possible Side Effects

 

Just like most things, too much retinol can cause many unwanted effects on your skin. This usually happens due to 2 things: you are putting too much, or you are using it too often. In both scenarios, it can cause skin irritation and can lead to more severe side effects such as breakouts, eczema flare-ups, blistering, and face swelling.

More common side effects are as follows:

  1. Redness
  2. Discoloration
  3. UV Sensitivity
  4. Itchiness

These side effects are usually experienced by individuals with sensitive skin, and it is also frequently observed by first-time retinol users due to the ingredient’s strong potency.

Do’s and Don’ts when Using Retinol

As a rule of thumb, you are advised to consult a dermatologist before using retinol or any retinoid for that matter. However, if you do decide to use OTC retinoids, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Start slow and small. A pea-sized amount is more than enough for your whole face. You can also start by using it 1-2 times a week then gradually increase in frequency in 2-3 months.
  • Use it at night. Retinol can make your skin dry and very sensitive to UV light. If you do use it during the day, always remember to use a strong, wide-spectrum sunscreen.
  • Retinol can be very harsh on its own, make sure that the products you use with it are gentle and preferably alcohol-free to avoid further dryness.
  • It is also best to follow your retinol application with a good moisturizer to counteract the drying effect.
  • Retinol itself has exfoliating properties, so you can opt to do away with your exfoliator. If you do wish to still use one, be sure to use light exfoliators.

 

LANEIGE Perfect Renew Youth Retinol

 

Incorporating retinol into your skincare routine can be daunting, especially if you have sensitive skin. Fortunately, we at LANEIGE have discovered that the key to an effective retinol essence is stability and potency. This made way for the development of the  stabilized retinol in the market: the LANEIGE Perfect Renew Youth Retinol.

Retinol’s stability and potency are tied to the purity of the ingredient; the purer the retinol, the greater the effectivity. This is why our Perfect Renew Youth Retinol is made with 95% Pure Retinol. Moreover, packaging also plays a major part in conserving the purity of retinol, pushing our top researchers from LANEIGE to create a state-of-the-art container that is made with 9-layer aluminum and 3-step anti-oxidative packaging to minimize air contact and keep light out.

The LANEIGE Perfect Renew Youth Retinol is specially formulated to be the optimal retinol dosage for individuals with sensitive skin and first-time users. It delivers maximum potency to the skin, leaving mildness and comfort for the least irritation. Where some products are only applied to small areas due to the risk of irritation, our Perfect Renew Youth Retinol can be safely applied to your whole face and be greeted with smoother, plumper, and more youthful skin.

For better results, you can use our full Perfect Renew Range for your anti-aging routine. Check them out here.

 

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/beauty/features/retinoids-for-aging-skin

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/how-does-retinol-work#how-it-works

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/is-retinol-safe#products-to-try

https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/a22777936/what-is-retinol/

 

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