All You Need To Know About Retinols For Skin Care
Retinol has the most research backing it up with its benefits. Retinol is great for repairing deep damage within the skin if you have acne scars, fine lines, aging, dark spots, post inflammation hyperpigmentation, scarring or other problems. Retinol will help resolve those issues.
1. On the days when you are not exfoliating, you can use a Retinol. You can use AHA/BHA/PHA and Retinol in the same routine if your skin likes it.
2. Retinol has the most research backing it up with its benefits. Retinol is great for repairing deep damage within the skin if you have acne scars, fine lines, aging, dark spots, post inflammation hyperpigmentation, scarring or other problems. Retinol will help resolve those issues.
How much Retinol to use?
Retinol can be sensitizing to the skin and can make your skin very sesitive to the sun. That is why it is best to use it at night.
Slowly introduce Retinol to your routine: Once every 2 weeks, and then once a week up to a maximum of 3 times a week.
How to apply Retinol?
Your skin should be dry when you apply Retinol. If it is wet, retinol will penetrate deeper into the skin and cause irritation and flakiness.
NIACINAMIDE + RETINOL
A lot of people say this combination of active ingredients cannot be mixed.
They are recommended to be mixed together because Niacinamide reduce redness and irritation in the skin which is a common side effect of using a powerful ingredient like Retinol.
Mixing Retinol + AHAs or BHAs
Technically, you can mix them together. Retinol helps your body to produce more skin cells, while exfoliation helps to shed excess skin cells.
Using both the same time can be effective, but you are risking over exfoliating your face.
You can use it if you have been using Retinol or Exfoliants for a long time and have not experienced sensitivity.
The best way is to use Retinol one night, and exfoliate the other night. So one day you produce more skin cells, and the other day you shed the excess skin cells. Perfect!
7. Do not Combine Buffets with Retinol, Vitamin C (direct) and Peptides.
How to use Niacinamide?
You can find Vit B3 in every stage of your skin care routine. You can use it in combination with AHA/BHA, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinols, Vit C - it mixes well with everything.
It works best on leave on products like essences, serums or night creams.
Use it twice a day, in the morning you may use a product which contains some niacinamide, and at night you may use it in a concentrated form, like a serum.