A skincare secret

AMAZING RESULTS: Retinol is a strong product that renews skin CREDIT: Shutterstock

Ageing is one of our biggest beauty concerns and it can turn into the bane of our existence. With aging comes anti-aging products, designed to tackle wrinkles and plump the skin. But with so many products and confusing terms to deal with, it isn’t easy to manage this minefield. 

However, there is one product that has got everybody talking. From skincare experts and beauty fanatics to dermatologists, they are all loving retinol.  

Retinoids have been on the scene for many years, but it’s just now that most people are taking notice. Retinol has properties that are said to reverse signs of ageing and also act as a preventive measure. 

The ingredient derives from Vitamin A and is found in many creams and lotions. It promotes collagen production and exfoliates the outermost layer of skin. It changes the way aged cells behave, making them act like younger cells. This results in softening, improving the texture of the skin and minimising the look of fine lines.   

Retinol is also good for acne scars and sun damage and can brighten the skin, giving the look of a youthful complexion. Age spots can also be lightened with this acidic product as skin tone is evened out. 

That said, retinol may not be suitable for all skin types. If you suffer any conditions such as eczema or rosacea, a high strength product like this could cause further inflammation. To combat this, adding very small amounts to your moisturiser can introduce skin slowly to the ingredient, always making sure to use SPF afterwards.  

It is also encouraged that people without underlying skin conditions also use small amounts when starting to use retinol. Beginning by applying twice a week and then gradually increasing the quantity if skin reacts well.  

Applying retinol is recommended no more than three times a week. As a general rule, any retinoid creams or serums are to be used at night as they increase sensitivity to sunlight. Wearing SPF daily is essential when the ingredient is part of your skincare routine. And taking into account that it is a strong product; users should not use more than a pea-sized amount.  

Younger people can also use retinol but they may not see as many benefits as someone with older skin. Never forgetting however, that prevention is always better than cure and this product will keep skin glowy.  

If you are looking for a retinoid product many well known cosmetic companies have them on sale. Roc, Neutrogena, La Roche-Posay, Olay and Elizabeth Arden all have different types of retinol products. Any drugstore or makeup store will probably stock this type of product in many varying forms.  

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Shirin Aguiar