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.
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.