Retinol is a highly effective skincare ingredient for erasing wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. You’ll find retinol in many skincare products, including for use on its own, or added to a skincare formulation for enhanced youthfulness.
If you’re looking to use retinol for the very first time, you might be wondering if it will be suitable for your skin type. Let’s face it, redness, breakouts and sensitive skin isn’t something we look forward to, especially after introducing a new skincare product into our beauty routine.
Thankfully, you shouldn’t believe everything you read (or hear). Retinol is one of the most powerful skin rejuvenators, but that doesn’t mean you need to worry about using this skincare wonder.
Still not sure if retinol is right for you?
Here are 6 retinol myths you shouldn’t believe…….and the real truth!
Myth 1: Retinol will make your skin red
Many people avoid using retinol due to the fear of redness or irritation. If you suffer from extremely sensitive skin, then you may want to skip this ingredient, but for the majority of people, retinol will not cause any reactions.
If you’re looking for a retinol serum for new users, Live Skincare Regenerate Retinol Serum is formulated with aloe and jojoba oil to gently soothe and hydrate while treating visible signs of ageing.
When introducing retinol for the first time, start by using it twice a week and build up gradually. You only need to use a pea sized amount (after cleansing and toning) for your whole face – you can use another pea sized amount on your neck and chest if you wish.
Remember, retinol can make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight so ensure you use a SPF during the day.
Myth 2: Retinol shouldn’t be applied in the morning
You can use retinol in the morning or evening. As retinol increases skin sensitivity to the sun, you need to wear a sunscreen after using your retinol serum.
Due to this reason, many people prefer to use retinol at night – if you find it works better for you at this time of day, then continue to do what suits you best.
If your skin can tolerate using retinol every day, you can use it in your daily skincare routine to help reverse signs of ageing and encourage new cell turnover.
Myth 3: Retinol is an exfoliant
Retinol enhances collagen production, unclogs pores, and smooths wrinkles, but it’s not an exfoliant. Retinol may cause flaking skin in some cases; however, this is usually a temporary effect of initial use and not due to exfoliation.
If you notice your skin is flaking due to retinol use, try limiting your product usage to one or two days per week, or use a reduced strength of retinol.
Retinol is an antioxidant which promotes youthful skin and luminosity. If you’re searching for an effective exfoliant, try using an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) like lactic acid, or beta hydroxy acid (BHA), such as salicylic acid.
Myth 4: AHA/BHA use limits the effectiveness of retinol
If you’re using retinol, adding an AHA or BHA into your skincare routine won’t compromise its effectiveness.
In fact, using AHA/BHA products help retinol to work its magic as these ingredients eliminate dead skin cells from the surface of the skin so retinol can target the deeper layers of your complexion.
Your skin renews itself on a constant basis – around 28 days for adults and up to 60 days when we reach middle age. When this happens, your skin starts to shed the older skin cells, causing them to build up on the surface of the skin.
Without regular exfoliation to remove these dead cells, your skincare products don’t absorb as well, and your skin begins to look dull and unhealthy.
AHA/BHA skincare products are one of the best ways to remove dead skin cells without using harsh scrubbing techniques on your face.
Myth 5: Retinol shouldn’t be used with vitamin C
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to using retinol and vitamin C. Like retinol, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, helping to brighten and smooth the skin.
A common concern about combining these two skincare ingredients is that retinol works its magic in an acidic environment, while typically, vitamin C works in a low PH environment. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t use both ingredients in the same skincare routine.
The key is to use the right type of vitamin C with retinol – instead of ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C), opt for an indirect form, such as ethyl ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbyl phosphate or magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.
You can then use retinol and vitamin C together (just ensure that you leave a small amount of time between application) or use vitamin C in your morning skincare regime and retinol in your evening skincare routine.
Myth 6: Retinol works quickly to minimize fine lines and wrinkles
Like any skincare product, retinol takes time to work effectively. It may take at least 12 weeks for the effects of retinol to appear so don’t be disappointed if you’re not noticing visible changes immediately.