Retinols are the class of compounds which are derived from vitamin A. There are many uses of retinoids which can help with skin conditions like brightening, anti-aging, wrinkle, psoriasis, etc. Retinol is a weaker form of retinoids which is commonly used to delay ageing. These days, retinol is extensively used as an active ingredient in many skincare products but not many people know much about it. If you are also new to retinol, Akshaya Kangle, Aesthetic Cosmetologist, Founder of SKINTILLINGG Clinics and creator on Koo App gives a brief introduction to retinol in this article.
Concentration of retinol in any product should not exceed 0.25%. If there is more than 0.25% in any product, it should not be used every night. One can use it alternate nights and can switch between retinol and vitamin C. Also, during this treatment, it is imperative to moisturize well at night and apply a thick layer of sun protection with SPF 50 during the daytime.
Benefits of Retinol and how to use it
Retinol increases skin cell production and helps with anti-aging. Hence, if someone starts using retinoids at the right age ie in their late 20s or early 30s, one can slow down their aging process.
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- The fine lines and wrinkles which are going to appear soon can be kept under control.
- It exfoliates your skin and increases the collagen production which results in decrease in appearance of fine lines and makes your skin look plump and healthy.
- Retinols can also be used under the eyes. Apply the product under and over your eyes and massage it gently. Since, this is a very powerful ingredient and the skin under your eyes is delicate it is important to moisturise to avoid the dryness.
- Retinol also helps to clear acne and even the skin tone.
Dos and Don’ts of Retinol
- Only use Retinols at night. Retinol makes your skin dry and vulnerable to sun damage, hence using it in the daytime may cause damage to your skin.
- Consult a dermatologist or cosmetologist before starting any sort of treatment.
- Be consistent with your skincare routine. Retinol only starts to show results if used consistently for at least 10-12 weeks.
- Do not use retinol with other skincare actives as it does not go well with other ingredients and cause irritation to your skin.
- Applying too much product for quick results will damage your skin badly leading to side effects like dryness, redness and irritation.
- Do not use retinol if you are pregnant. Retinol may interfere with the development of the fetus.
Using products with retinol can have side effects like irritation, including redness, dryness and peeling. Hence in order to avoid such side effects, one must consult a doctor before starting the process of using retinol and understand how much percentage of retinol can be used and how to prevent its side effects. It is important to know the quantity of retinol to be used. For reference, a mustard or a pea size of the product is enough for the face and neck. Results will take two to three months of time to show. Overuse of the products for immediate results will spoil your skin.
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