Most people would say that retinol is their holy grail for reducing their wrinkles – even skincare expert wouldn’t deny that this product is a must-have product you need.
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But do ordinary people actually know what it is, how this product works, or if it’s right for you?
Retinol is an over-the-counter ‘Vitamin A’ derivative that stimulates skin’s collagen production and cell renewal to minimize and prevent fine lines, even out complexions and help to unclog the pores, making them appear smaller.
Yes, it does have its drawbacks, when you first start using them, it causes dryness, peeling, and skin irritation, and some people may have acnes- making them stop to use it for a long-term basis.
The good news is, you can now easily find one that suits your skin type from different formulas available in the market.
The percentage of retinol in products varies, this usually ranges from a starter strength of 0.1% up to a potent 1%.
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Weaker Vitamin A formulas are a good introduction for first-time user. If you have a sensitive skin, try products with Jasmine Oil, it helps to calm and hydrate your skin.
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A tip from Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, founder director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and assistant clinical professor at the George Washington University Medical Center,
“To reduce irritation, start every other night with the product and move up to every night only when tolerated,”
“Add extra moisturizer when using, and use only a very mild, creamy cleanser to compensate for the extra dryness.”
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Retinol is best to apply every night, your skin repairs itself as you sleep, so any anti-aging ingredients will be more effective if you apply before bedtime and the UV from sunlight has been thought to degrade retinol, decreasing its effectiveness. But there are now available daytime moisturizers which contains retinol and SPF.
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