Retinol: The Ultimate Guide To Flawless Skin

Everything you should know about retinol and why it should be a part of your skincare routine. 

Retinol has become the hot topic of every skincare conversation.  Because of its magical anti-aging properties, retinol has become a staple product in the majority of women's skincare routine. In case, you didn't know about them, here is a rundown of the things you should know about retinol and why it should be a part of your skincare regimen.

What is retinol?

Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative which boosts collagen production and improves cell turnover. It has proven to be helpful in combating skincare concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, larger pores, and acne.

When should you start using retinol?

Because of its magical anti-aging properties, the late twenties is the ideal age to introduce retinol in your routine as that is when the collagen production starts to decline which results in fine lines and uneven skin. However, you can use it when you are younger too, as they say, prevention is better than cure. But be aware, younger skin types may not sure visible results as much as the older skin.

Things to keep in mind before using retinol

  1. Initially, retinol can lead to skin sensitivity, therefore, start by using retinol once a week to let see if it works for your skin. If it does, gradually build it up, letting your skin adjust to it.
  2.  It is recommended that you use retinol in the night as the retinoids in the retinol break down in sunlight, rendering them ineffective. Also, some reports suggest that using retinol makes you prone to sunburn. Therefore, it is suggested that in case you do use retinol in the day, make sure to use a high broad spectrum sunscreen afterward.
  3. Retinol can be a bit drying, so if you have dry skin, layer it with a hydrating moisturizer.
  4. Retinol should be avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding as the high dose of Vitamin A can be harmful to the fetus and the newborn baby.
  5. The effects of the retinol would be visible only after prolonged use. In case, you do not see any significant changes in the first few months, don't give up. It takes time for your skin to adjust to retinol and extract its benefits.
  6. Retinol suits all skin types, but if you have highly sensitive skin, consult a dermatologist before using it.

The best retinol products

1. Say No to Wrinkles

Lightweight and affordable, this one is ideal when you are just starting to use retinol. 


ordinary-retinol_092718031023.jpgThe Ordinary Retinol 0.2% (Buy here).

2. Convenient and Effective

This lightweight serum is designed in the form of single dose capsules for easy use and to protect efficacy. It combines a variety of beneficial skincare ingredients to help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, tone, and texture


ea-retinol_092718031326.jpgElizabeth Arden Retinol  Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum (Buy here).

3. Bouncy Skin

The solution is infused with time-released 1.5% Microencapsulated Retinol, which is gentle and effective as it exfoliates the visage and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to give you smoother and youthful skin.

ptr-retinol_092718031515.jpgPeter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM (Buy here).

4. Perfect for Beginners

This gentle and effective serum is ideal for sensitive skin and those just beginning to introduce retinol treatments to their skin.

fab--retinol_092718031742.jpgFirst Aid Beauty Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25 Pure Concentrate (Buy here).

5. Goodbye Skin Imperfections

Comprising of 100% nature derived Vitamin A, Pro Vitamin A, and Retinoid Analogue, this cream does not irritate the skin and effectively reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin imperfections.

ren-retinol_092718033159.jpgREN Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream (Buy here).

Assisted by Ananya Agarwal.



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