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The Importance of Retinol in Your Skincare Routine

18/07/2018

When we choose a certain skincare product, we mostly think about the benefits that we get from using it on our skin. We choose these products depending on the values they provide for our skin like moisturizing, nourishing, softening and also about reducing the fine lines and wrinkles. But have you ever wondered of the ingredients that make for all the positive features of the products we use?

Retinol, for instance, is one of the most talked about ingredients, because it is said to have anti-aging powers. Retinol, retinoic acid and pro-retinols are all forms of vitamin A which are used in skincare. From all the forms, Retinol is the one that dominates most skincare products. Retinol reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and it improves skin texture.

Regarding all these features, years ago it was believed that the 30s were the perfect time to start applying skincare products that could help you fight skin’s premature aging. But, nowadays, specialists suggest that Retinol, which has the anti-aging powers, should be used since your mid-twenties. It is never too early to really start taking care of your skin.

One of the disadvantages of Retinol, if you may refer to it like that, is the fact that somehow it can irritate your skin or cause redness if not used carefully. Thus, it is highly recommended that you should not start a specific product that contains Retinol by using it immediately on a daily basis. It is suggested that you start using it at least two times a day, to give the skin the opportunity to adapt to its effects and then you can use it daily. If you notice that your skin is not suffering from any side effect anymore, you can continue using Retinol, but if you have a very sensitive skin, you can skip this ingredient and opt for a gentle one.

In a recent article from Vogue magazine, dermatologists suggest that Retinol should be used only at night, because it makes the skin more sensitive to the UV rays and if your skin is exposed to the sun, the Retinol’s benefits won’t work efficiently. So, Retinol should be used only at night, while during the day you should apply SPF 30 on a daily basis. Dermatologists also recommend not using any product that contains Retinol on your summer holidays, because your skin will be exposed to the sun for long hours.

Besides the face, you should not skip the neck area, because it is also very sensitive and many signs of premature skin aging can be noticed in this area. So, apply Retinol on your face and neck.

 

By Enxhi Tufina

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