Used correctly, retinol can be one of the most powerful weapons against aging in your skincare regimen. Retinol boosts collagen production and helps speed up cell turnover, which in turn, exfoliates the skin, unclogs pores and brightens your complexion. This assists with acne prevention and can help improve skin tone and even reduce unsightly age spots and hyperpigmentation.
However, retinol must be used properly in order for it to be effective. Most importantly, retinol should only be used at night, preferably before bedtime since etinoids are rendered completely inactive when exposed to light. Also, note that they make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so you should always wear sunscreen before heading outside. When you first start to use retinol, let your skin build up a tolerance to it—start by using it three times the first week and then every other day. Once your skin is used to it, apply it every night. By starting out slowly, you will avoid experiencing redness and irritation.
To apply retinol effectively, cleanse your face with a gentle formula and let dry. After 30 minutes, apply retinol to your skin—it’s essential that your skin be completely dry before application. Some people like to apply moisturizers and eye creams over their retinol product approximately half an hour later. If you choose this technique, be sure to ask your dermatologist which products to avoid as some can render each other ineffective when combined. When used daily, retinol will help your skin look and feel more healthy and beautiful. It’s the perfect complement to regular Microcurrent Facials and Radiofrequency Treatments.
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