As a well-seasoned Retinol user, I often get concerned looks from people I know when I hype it up as my absolute favourite skin care ingredient of-all-time.
The image of skin flaking and peeling like no tomorrow is etched in many of our minds, along with the idea of Retinol being something that is both difficult and dangerous.
So, to get you started on your own Retinol journey, I’m going to dive into a bit more info about what Retinol is, what it’s good for, and how you can start using it… and hopefully debunk some Retinol myths in the process.
First things first, what is Retinol?
One of the most confusing things about Retinol is the many different names for its many different forms.
Technically, Retinol is one of the many different types of Retinoids, which is an umbrella term for Vitamin A derivatives.
Retinoids tend to be stronger and require a prescription (e.g. Tretinoin), but weaker Retinols, Retinyl Palmitate and Retinaldehyde can all be purchased over the counter or online.
In terms of what it does - Retinol works by increasing cell turnover and promoting collagen production. Over time, the skin’s structure changes and becomes better at renewing itself and healing. And by “over time” I mean between 3-6 months, so don’t over anticipate immediate results.
Okay then, what is Retinol good for?
Plumping the skin
Minimising and preventing wrinkles and other signs of ageing
Reducing acne, blackheads, and clogged pores
Improving skin texture