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Become a Skincare Pro: What is Retinol?

Hailed as a skin-saving hero, retinol has been making waves in the world of skincare for years now, with beauty mavens consistently singing its praises. But what is it, and why should you use it?

What is retinol?

Essentially, it’s a form of vitamin A – but that’s not all. Luckily for us, it has the super power ability to speed up skin cell renewal, working to enhance collagen production for that smoother, plumper look. Acting as your anti-ageing hero, retinol uses its powers to improve the look of fine lines, sun damage and wrinkles. I mean, what’s not to love?

How does it work?

Usually found in serums and rich creams, when absorbed by your skin the retinol breaks down and transforms into retinoic acid. This fancy sounding compound then transforms your skin’s cell structure, helping to up the collagen levels.

Don’t be alarmed if you don’t see immediate results, though. Retinol is a slow worker, and after consistent use will reveal results you’ll love. Plus, if the effects of retinol ever begin to slow down, you can give it the kick it needs with skin-loving glycolic acid

When should I use retinol?

Collagen production starts declining when you hit your 30s, but you can start using retinol as a preventative measure at any age. In fact, the earlier you start using retinol, the sooner you can put a stop to fine lines and wrinkles developing. It’s also good to know that you should never apply retinol first thing in the morning, as sunlight can lessen its powers and make it ineffective. To fully reap retinol’s benefits, it’s best to apply straight after your evening cleanse and right before you hit the hay.

Ready for retinol?

So, whether you’re new to retinol or already a die-hard fan, we hope our introduction to this fabulous ingredient has you feeling like a skincare pro.