You’ve heard of it before, maybe tried but ditched it, or have never used it altogether. Perhaps it’s time to revisit your decision on retinol, the #1 anti-aging ingredient dubbed the fountain of youth!
Here are 5 reasons you should consider using products with retinol, even if you’re still in your 20s.
1. It’s tried and true
Retinol is one of the best anti-aging skincare ingredients out there that help clear wrinkles, fine lines. Others are Glycolic Acid and Vitamin C.
It’s the #1 derm-recommended anti-aging ingredient for a reason, because it works! Retinol is clinically proven to not only work, but continue to work, providing better results the longer you use it.
2. Effective in very small amounts
Using a well-formulated and stable product with retinol will visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles and large pores.
At higher concentrations (1.0-2.5%), non-prescription retinol offers superior results with less irritation in as little as 12 weeks (applying once a day). Plus it’s safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
3. Your skin needs it
Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, encourages healthy skin cell production and growth. It also stimulates fibroblasts – the cells responsible for developing tissue that keep skin firm and healthy – in the deep layers of your skin.
Our bodies do not produce Vitamin A and you need to supplement and feed your skin with serums and creams formulated with retinol for healthy and more youthful complexion.
4. Multiple benefits for skin
Retinol is more than an anti-aging ingredient. It works on a molecular level to repair skin and stimulate collagen, helps fade discoloration and improves skin texture.
It packs a punch when it comes to fighting acne and the dark spots left behind. Regular use of retinol will clear up skin help reduce large pores.
5. Easily fits into your current routine
You might think your skin care routine is totally solid but wait until you’ve tried retinol, and you will want to revise it.
There are so many products formulated with retinol (cleansers, serums, moisturizers) available in the market, making it super easy to fit one or more in your current skincare routine.
All derms will agree that the earlier you start addressing signs of aging, the better off your skin will be. Start thinking about retinol at least in your late 20s.
Start out slow and use sparingly. Retinol can cause over-drying and skin irritation so use only a small amount, and space out applications if your have sensitive, irritable skin.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen each morning after using products with retinol; without sunscreen, UV exposure will cause the signs of aging you’re working so hard to reverse.
Go ahead, give retinol a try. But be patient, be consistent, take before and after pictures and review your progress every 3 months. In 12 months compare your skin then and now – ooh, actually you don’t even have to, coz your friends will be asking you where you got your face done!