Skinstitut Retinol: Everything You Need To Know

Retinol can help fight damage and ageing for healthier skin. Here are our do's & dont's.

If you suffer with skin damage or have aging skin, you're probably looking for a product that will make your skin look and feel healthier once again. Look no further than Skinstitut Retinol. Retinol retinol is one of the best ingredients to promote cell renewal and repair skin damage as it helps combat aging skin to achieve a healthier overall complexion. However, it is important that you apply retinol correctly to enjoy the biggest benefits and reduce the risk of a reaction. We're here to help you with the do's and dont's of applying retinol to achieve the best results.

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What is Retinol and What is it Good For?

Retinol is a form of vitamin A, which is an important nutrient for many aspects of your overall health. When applied to the skin, retinol promotes cell renewal in the skin by increasing collagen and elastin production.

Using retinol on your skin can help to reverse, prevent, and repair the appearance of skin damage and increase elasticity in aging skin. Retinol regulates sebaceous gland activity which makes it a great treatment for acne scarring, breakouts, pore congestion and to help fade pigmentation.

Skinstitut relies heavily on science to create products that actually work, without being weighed down by marketing gimmicks and expensive packaging. Skinstitut uses only the most potent and highest quality ingredients. The brand's retinol is transported on dry ice to maintain maximum freshness and uses microscopic encapsulation technology for superior ingredient penetration and stabilisation. Skinstitut Retinol corrects and brightens pigmentation and sun damage by encouraging the shedding of dead skin cells to correct uneven skin tone and texture.

How to Use Skinstitut Retinol for the Best Results

Introducing retinol into your skincare routine is a big step, as it comes in such high concentrations. If you haven't used retinol before, ease into it! Retinol is definitely an active ingredient that can give you amazing results, but you want to make sure your skin has time to adjust. So, start out using it once a week. The week after that, use it twice. From there, start using it once every two days while monitoring for a skin reaction.

It's important you apply the serum correctly to maximise the benefits. Follow these tips:

  • Prepare you skin properly by cleansing first.

  • Moisturiser will help ease the harshness of the retinol, so it helps to apply a hydrating moisturiser before and after use. Look for a moisturiser with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.

  • Only apply at night as retinol increases the skins sensitivity to the sun

  • Apply one pea-sized amount every other evening, building up over time to every evening.

  • Gently stroke outwards in a circular motion, gradually spreading onto the entire face, neck, and chest.

  • Avoid application in the eye area.

  • Keep the long-term goal in sight. It can take at least a month for results to appear - but trust us, it's worth it!

  • Ensure you're wearing sunscreen with a high SPF every day.

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What are the Common Side Effects from Using Retinol?

It is normal for some sensitivity to occur and maybe even some flakey patches while your skin is still adjusting to it, but take these as signs to proceed with care, but don't give up just yet! You also might experience what is known as purging - this is when an active ingredient triggers a mild acne breakout. Have no fear though - whether you're experiencing flaking, sensitivity or purging due to retinol, you shouldn't be having any problems after about three weeks.

When should you NOT use Retinol?

Retinol isn't suitable for everyone. It's a high-intensity ingredient that may cause irritation and should be used with care.

  • DON'T use retinol if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • DON'T overuse retinol. If too much is used, or the product is used too frequently, a retinoic-acid reaction can occur (manifesting as irritation, redness, sensitivity, and peeling).

  • DON'T apply retinol over broken or sensitised skin.

  • DON'T apply retinol immediately after a dermal treatment. It's best to wait at least 3 to 5 days.

Retinol can irritate sensitive skin or if not used sparingly enough. If you do have sensitive skin, we recommend Skinstitut Rejuvenate 15, which is also good for those with damaged and ageing skin. Rejuvenate 15 contains botanical vitamin A, which is gentler to a more reactive skin type.

Retinol can have dramatic effects when used correctly. If you're after high-quality and highly concentrated retinol, Skinstitut Retinol is your best choice.

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