definitive guide to use it and the best products

The signs of aging and the lack of luminosity due to fatigue, stress or other external factors such as temperature changes affect, sooner or later, all faces over the years. Retinol has become a great ally to combat skin aging and improve fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, marks, etc. but you have to know use it correctly and keep in mind that not all skins get retinizarseie adapt to it.

Beautiful, healthy skin allows you to look and feel your best at any age. And to achieve this, nothing better than the holy grail of skin care ingredients: retinol, one of the most studied, tested and recommended anti-aging active ingredients.

We solve all the doubts you always had about the use of this admired ingredient in this definitive guide with the best products.

What are the main benefits of retinol

  • It is a mild retinoid. Retinol cannot be absorbed directly into the skin, it has to be converted to retinoic acid first, so it is considered mild and can be purchased without a prescription. When applied to the complexion, enzymes first convert retinol to retinaldehyde and then from retinaldehyde to retinoic acid, at which point the dermis can absorb it to do its job.
  • It is a collagen and elastin enhancer. The retinol manages to increase the production of collagen and elastintwo essential proteins to keep the fibers of the skin firm, tense and flexible, something important because as we age, our dermis reduces their quantity, which contributes to the development of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Brightens and evens skin tone. El retinol helps reduce hyperpigmentation making dead skin cells shed faster and encouraging the growth of new cells. Therefore, cells from age spots, sun spots, acne scars, etc. they break off and are replaced by the newer, brighter, more uniform cells below.
  • Fight sun damage. Retinol prevents enzymes that break down proteins into amino acids from attacking healthy collagen when skin is exposed to UV rays, so it can continue to grow and do its job. This care in the destruction of collagen directly results in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • prevents acne. Originally, the first retinoid was approved as a acne treatment. It was only later that its anti-aging benefits were discovered. It controls various factors that can cause it, including sebum production and inflammation.

How retinol is used

If you want to get the best benefits of retinol and that your skin benefits correctly from its properties, take note of these aspects to take into account:

How often do you have to apply it?

The first piece of advice when using retinol is to take it very easy. Any expert recommends that you do not use it without advice and, if after its application you notice uncomfortable skin, space its use more in time until your skin gets used to it. Esperanza Saenz, from Nezeni Cosmetics, It is recommended to start using retinol in low concentrations if it is the first time. “More or less from 0.1% to 0.3% to establish the tolerance of your dermis and if it is dry or sensitive. Then increase to 0.5% and finally 1% to treat uneven skin tone, blemishes, dullness, rough texture or visible loss of firmness, as well as deep wrinkles or pronounced uneven skin tone.”

When should you use retinol?

Retinol must be combined with a good hydration routine because the skin can suffer from dehydration and it is best to do it at night. “First of all, use a cleanser and then a toner, before moving on to the retinol treatment in the chosen version, be it gel, cream or serum. All this, if possible at night and two or three times a week. We finish by applying moisturizer twice a day in the morning and night to prevent skin from drying out and irritation, and finally, an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to prevent UV damage to the retinol-treated complexion, as that can cause photosensitivity”, they comment from Nezeni Cosmetics.

How much quantity?

The pea size is about right and spread it all over your face, more doesn’t make it work better or faster. Otherwise, “we could also damage the skin’s protective barrier and harmful bacteria and microorganisms would begin to act and penetrate the epidermis,” warns Esperanza Sáenz.

When do you start to see the results?

Consistency is key, approximately 3-6 months of consistent topical use. Of course, it is important at that time to close the lid well since retinol can oxidize on contact with light and oxygen.

At what age?

El retinol It is ideal for mature, oily, combination and normal skin: “It is generally recommended when you reach the age of 30, which is when collagen levels begin to decline most rapidly. But its benefits can be reaped at any age.”

Why does retinol irritate the skin?

Some skins never become retinalized, they suffer from flaking, tightness… “We should not insist on using retinol if our skin does not tolerate it. We can find other alternatives”, points out the pharmacist Rocío Escalante, owner of Arbosana Pharmacy and expert in dermopharmacy.

What ingredients cannot be mixed with retinol?

The retinol, the quintessential anti-aging molecule, increases cell renewal, in addition to preventing them from accumulating on the surface and helps collagen production. This powerful active ingredient “gets along very well with other products such as photoprotection or topical niacinamide”, in the words of Dr. Natalia Jiménez Gómez, Bioderma collaborating dermatologist.

“The antioxidants like vitamin C as long as they are used at another time of day they are not an inconvenience. However, especially in those skins that are not yet used to using retinol, it is not recommended to combine it with alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid, “says the doctor.

How to combat irritation?

If you have a reaction, either because you have sensitive skin or because you have mixed a large amount of product, you should rinse the face with plenty of water at the same time. After lightening the skin, dermatologist Natalia Jimenez recommends “using a cream with a calming and healing capacity”, products that are commonly used after medical procedures that inflame the skin, such as lasers such as Cicabio Cream SPF50 + (€14.90). This offers, in addition to a high moisturizing and repairing capacity, sun protection, relieving discomfort and reducing the need to scratch and purifying thanks to its antibacterial agents.

Cicabio Cream SPF50 +: € 14.95 (30ml)

The best products with retinol

The Revitalift Láser Serum at night with Pure Retinol (€14.55, on Amazon) is a retinol in a serum format that provides three times more to the epidermis. It penetrates so quickly that it leaves no residue, so you can use it frequently. With a pioneering Retinol Stabilization Technology patent, Revitalift Laser Night Serum with Pure Retinol from L’Oréal Paris corrects wrinkles (even the deepest ones).

Revitalift Laser Night Serum with Pure Retinol
Revitalift Laser Night Serum with Pure Retinol

The Beauty Drops signature proposes on 0.5% retinol in squalane (€6.95 in Primor). A perfect way to take advantage of the best benefits of retinol such as increased hydration, the reduction of fine lines and a noticeable improvement in skin texture thanks to increased collagen production. Simply apply it every night, always after the serum and before other more aggressive treatments.

Retinol 0.5% in squalane, from Beauty Drops
Retinol 0.5% in squalane, from Beauty Drops

the tonic Just Retinol de Revox (€4.99, at Primor) removes impurities and oil from the skin, leaving the face fresh and toned. your retinol promotes cell renewal and increases collagen production on the skin to reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles, sagging or loss of elasticity.

Revox Just Retinol Toner
Revox Just Retinol Toner

The Revuele brightening face mask (4 €) unifies skin tone, smoothing and reducing the appearance of spots. Formulated based on retinol, it helps protect the skin from external environmental factors and also accelerates the regeneration of epidermal cells, increasing the elasticity and smoothness of the skin. Vitamin C and vitamin E support the final results with their exfoliating and antioxidant properties, while zinc oxide is responsible for soothing, regenerating, detoxifying and tightening the pores.

Revuele Illuminating Face Mask
Revuele Illuminating Face Mask

Catrice has the vegan option of traditional retinol in Youth Boost Eye Serum (€5.29 at Druni), which contains 1% Bakuchiol, a natural alternative to retinol, ideal for skin care and works against fine lines in the crow’s feet area. It is also enriched with moisturizing hyaluronic acid and nourishing vitamin. The light texture absorbs quickly, leaving skin looking fresh and youthful.

Youth Boost Eye Serum, de Catrice
Youth Boost Eye Serum, de Catrice

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