5. Retinol – your bedtime MUST

Retinol or Vitamin A; this powerful antioxidant aids in unclogging pores, boosts collagen, reduces fine lines, speeds cell turnover, evens out discolouration, provides brightening benefits and smooths the skin texture.


Why should you only use it at night?

The biggest myth with using Retinol is that it makes our skin ‘sun sensitive’. This is not true. Retinol is actually sensitive to sun, which in other words will not do its job effectively during the day. Hence this is why you should apply it before bed at night. It will not make your skin anymore sensitive to UV than it would after having a microdermabrasion treatment or using an exfoliating scrub. With Summer brings humidity and so our skin is less likely to feel dry, therefore it may be a great time to get started on a Retinol product if you haven’t already. Of course I recommend you always wear sunscreen, rain, hail, shine or snow, indoors and outdoors.


Will your skin have a reaction?

The secret is to wean yourself onto Retinol. If you don’t, it could cause sensitivity, reactivity, flaking, itching, dryness and redness. So ease into it and you will avoid any reactivity. Usually start twice weekly for the first two weeks and then every second night after that. If you experience any reactivity, have a break or possibly the amount you are using may be too much? If your skin is on the dryer side, you may like to apply a moisturiser over the Retinol for extra nourishment.


Things to consider…

  • Don’t use Retinol if you are pregnant or breast feeding
  • Cease using one to two nights prior to any dermal therapy treatment including waxing
  • Follow your Dermal Therapists instructions on how to use and when to use

Written by Caryll Wiggers

For more information talk to Caryll or Larni or alternatively book in for a skin consultation.

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