Retinol is a powerhouse ingredient that can help give you smoother, brighter and younger-looking skin. This potent ingredient has many benefits, including reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin clarity and tone, and stimulating collagen production for firmer, more youthful-looking skin.

What is Retinol and How Does it Work? 

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that is used in many skincare products. It helps to increase skin cell turnover and stimulate collagen production, which can help improve the overall texture and tone of your skin. Retinol works by targeting wrinkles, dark spots, and other discolorations on the skin while simultaneously promoting cellular renewal. This helps to create younger, brighter-looking skin with fewer visible signs of ageing.

The Benefits of Retinol for Your Skin.

Retinol is a great ingredient for achieving and maintaining radiant skin. It is one of the fastest-acting ingredients on the market and can be effective in improving the uneven texture and tone of your skin, as well as diminishing wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of ageing such as pigmentation and other forms of sun damage. Retinol can also help reduce pore size, clear up blemishes, reduce inflammation or redness from acne, and make your skin look brighter overall.

Tips for Applying Retinol to Your Skin 

Before applying retinol, it is important to take into account your skin type. Dry and sensitive skin types should start with a lower concentration of retinol since this ingredient can be quite potent. You should also start using the product only once or twice a week and then gradually increase the frequency as needed to avoid irritation. 

If you are middle aged and have had a fair amount of UV exposure over the years and a complete beginner with retinol, once a week for first week, twice a week for two weeks, three times a week for 3 weeks and so on and so forth. This should keep the dreaded ‘retinol rash’ at bay until skin is completely acclimatised and you can then use it every night, even over the summer months. That said, you need to be diligent with your daily SPF, particularly in the first couple of months of use and it is good practice to wear a daily SPF every day to protect skin from UV and losing our collagen and avoiding pigmentation.

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Everyone can and should use it but if your skin is particularly sensitive, caution should be exercised when acclimating the skin to it, starting very slowly (once a week for a few weeks, always night only then twice a week for a couple of weeks and so on and so forth). Eventually, even the most sensitive of skins will benefit from retinol use.

Best Practices for Sustaining Healthy Skin with Retinol

When using retinol, it’s important to remember that like most skincare ingredients, the key is to find a balance of use and rest. This means alternating a few days of regular use with a day or two off for your skin to repair itself. It is also recommended to apply only one layer at night and let it fully absorb into the skin before going to bed. Additionally, moisturising on both days you’re not applying retinol can provide extra hydration and help reduce any possible irritating effects.

SkinGoal Power R1%

The highly sought-after, high potency 1% retinol is what we call our Power R1%. The stabilised vitamin A derivative is a potent substance that targets and breaks up existing pigmentation to create a more even skin tone. It also greatly increases cell turnover, which helps to lighten skin and tighten pores quickly.

This tried-and-true product will resurface, renew, and repair ageing skin, as well as aid in clearing up outbreaks and minimising scarring in acne-prone skin. Your skin will seem noticeably tighter and more radiant, and fine lines and pores will be diminished. An absolute necessity for any serious skin enthusiast.

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