People aged above 30 or 40 starts facing aging effect. After Sunscreen, retinol is second most recommended product for aging. There are many products in the market promises to give you freedom from age lines, unexpected wrinkles, fine lines and many more complexes. But retinol became most promising product for that. Retinol is quite famous product among women above 30 but still few are unknown of it.
But what exactly Retinol is? What does it do? How beneficial is our us? Can we still use it if we have sensitive skin? What about its side effects? When should it be used and the most important thing how?
We know you have many questions like these but read forward you will get answer for each and every question. Before come to know about its benefits as well as its side effects.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A. Yes, a nutrient which is necessary for eyesight as well as maintenance of skin to make it healthy. Retinol is something which is added to creams to boost the amount of collage made in your body as well as plumps out skin, cutting down fine lines and wrinkles. Many anti aging creams or lotions contains this magical ingredient in lower concentrations (starting from .01%). It is helpful in many cases like it reduces mottled patches, improves skin tone, pigmentation, skin texture etc. Besides being very useful for skin, the first usages of retinol can also make your skin dry and flaky.
Retinol is used for anti-aging, anti-breakout and exfoliating. As we mentioned above, some people try to keep theirselves away from retinol because of fear having results as more dryness, redness or flaking. These results somehow true for some conditions but not for always. Very few starting weeks of using retinol can show these results but after sometime the skin manage itself with retinol.
Women up to 50% use products which can help them to tackle the problem of having fine lines or wrinkles. Retinol is proven product for these problems. It works as exfoliating, fighting free radicals and aiding in the production of collagen by altering the behavior of aged cells. Multi tasking Retinol is also known as synthetic derivative of vitamin A which belongs to a group of fat soluble vitamins. Experts advice to not to use Retinol during day time because Retinol breaks down in sunlight which makes the use of it less beneficial and may also makes your skin more sensitive. If somehow, you are going out with it then don’t forget to apply broad spectrum sunscreen. There are some retinols which are photostable, it means that they would not break down in the sunlight.
In which age and when one should start using Retinol?
Generally, anyone can use it after 20 or 20+. But mostly people starts when they become 40 because in early ages we don’t have to struggle with aging effects. As age passes year by year our skin get damaged due to pollution, sun effects and because of effects of age too. These all causes weaken the foundation of skin. Sometimes retinol also dry out your skin. In case you come to face any problem then we recommend you, if it is possible, you should make a visit to your dermatologist and consult about your skin.
How to start using Retinol for best results?
How can you add retinol in your daily beauty regime? Expert recommends to start with a low percentage retinol. The lower concentration retinol products are extremely beneficial for eye area because the area around the eyes is seems to be more thin and delicate than the other area of the face. You can easily find retinol in anti-aging serums and creams. Don’t choose creams or serums having high percentage of retinol without doctor’s prescription. Here, we are mentioning, how to apply retinol:-
- Wash your face with any daily face wash then apply any eye creams so that it can protect the area around your eyes.
- Now wait for your skin to be dry. Don’t try to skip this step because your skin would be able to absorb retinol more deeply which may cause more irritation.
- Then, take a pea- size amount of retinol and start applying it from your chin, apply gently with your fingertips in upward and outward direction.
- Now after finishing above all steps apply moisturizer. Don’t forget to apply broad spectrum (SPF 30-50) sunscreen in the morning before going out.
Which products can be used with Retinol?
However, some people also use other products with retinol. A study of 2015 says that retinoids and alpha hydroxyl acids produces a synergistic effect when they used together. Whereas, if you have sensitive skin then it may be not a good choice for you because ingredients like Vitamin-C, Alpha or beta hydroxyl acid. Moisturizer can be best ingredient if you want to use it with retinol. You can apply it by mixing both retinol as well as moisturizer together. Dermatologists usually suggest to apply retinol at night, so can also keep using your vitamin-C during the day.
What to do when the skin reacts with retinol?
Your skin may expect to have redness, it may become dry also and you start to see flakiness or stinging of the skin. But there is nothing to worry. These things can happen but at the very first week of using retinol because the skin will take some time to adjust with it. But if somehow, you will still face some problems then please do a visit to dermatologist.
Not everything suits everyone, so before using any product, you should aware of its benefits as well as side effects.
Benefits of Retinol
Retinols are gentle version of retinoids and you also don’t need any kind of prescription to use it, while some retinoids needs prescriptions. When Retinol is applied on the top layer of skin, it goes down and enzymes of skin converts Retinol into Retinoic acid. You can also apply Retinoic acid directly on the skin but according to experts it may be more harsh than Retinol. There are few main benefits of retinol are given below:-
- Retinol not only prevents new fine lines and wrinkles but also cures your existing fine lines and wrinkles.
- Controls oil on your skin and also prevents acne and pimple breakout.
- Retinol helps the skin to make it more brighten, smoothen because of its exfoliating effect.
- It helps the skin to dim or fade the spots over it of any kind.
- Retinol thickens the skin, increase cell turnover and collagen production for thicker, more youthful skin.
According to Dermatologists, One should use retinol for 3 months and then stop using it for next 3 months, because a research says that cell turnover is no longer increased after 3 months of retinol use.
Retinol’s Side effects
Although it has many benefits yet there are some negative points which are necessary to known. Here are some important side effects-
- Beside of being powerful cosmetic product, it can cause redness, dryness or flakiness during initial usage.
- The often use of Retinol can cause the skin to redden or peel off. You should notice after how much time you have to apply it again. According to Dermatologist, you should not use it often at the starting. You can go with applying it one or two times in a week. How you have to increase its use? It gradually depends on the skin. Be slow at start and monitor how your skin is reacting.
- You are bound to use sunscreen while applying retinol during the day otherwise it may make the skin more sensitive.
- Don’t overuse retinol. It is useful for several factors for skin but still many dermatologists don’t allow overuse it. Overusing of retinol can also cause flakiness, redness or even burning.
Sometimes things become complicated because of having sensitive skin. When you have sensitive skin, you try stay away from many cosmetics. Dermatologists don’t recommend anyone to use retinol if that people have eczema or rosacea or extremely sensitive skin. Retinol is best choice for peoples having oilier skin or someone who has already used retinol but don’t had no irritations for them prescriptioned retinoids such as Retin-A would be more good. But Retinol can be used in case of sensitive skin too, if apply it with right strategy.
\According to dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, You should apply moisturizer first on sensitive skin to let it act as a buffer. Then apply your retinol on top of it. However, Retinols are easily available in local markets but you don’t find retinol for sensitive skin easily, so we are suggesting you some names here. WOW skin science Retinol face cream, Himalayan Organics Retinol Serum for face, Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum, Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum, Skin Ceuticals Retinol 0.3, Avene Retrinal 0.05 Cream are some recommended retinols for sensitive skin. You can easily get them any on some online platforms.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not retinol. Why should not they use it? Because it may cross the placental barrier and potentially lead to birth defects.