Retinol is one of the most popular, but misunderstood, skincare ingredients around. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about it.
It’s Actually Backed By Science To Fight Wrinkles
Dermatologists consider retinol to be one of the most effective cosmeceutical rejuvenating ingredients. There have been tons of studies on it, and science actually backs its claims to fight wrinkles.
Retinol helps fight wrinkles by altering aging skin cells. It causes aging skin cells to act in a more youthful way. It also helps enhance your skin’s vital blood supply.
You Don’t Need Aging Skin To Use It
Many people think that you should wait until your skin shows signs of aging before you use retinol. Besides helping to fight the signs of aging, retinol also increases cell turnover. This causes you to have skin that brighter and smoother, while also helping to unclog pores.
Prescription Retinol May Help With Acne
While over-the-counter versions of retinol are used to fight signs of aging, prescription strength products can help fight acne. They work by increasing your cell turnover. This will help unclog pores and bring any debris under the skin to the surface.
Use It Less In The Winter
In the winter, your skin usually become much more dry and sensitive. This can mean using retinol products less often. If you find that you’re skin is becoming irritated in the winter, consider taking a break from the retinol. You can always return to it in the warmer summer months.
Water Can Cause More Irritation
It’s no secret that retinol can cause irritation, but water can actually make the problem worse. Wait at least 30 minutes after you wash your face before applying a retinol product. You should also wait for a long period after using any toners, serums, or essences.