How to Use Retinol: A Beginner’s Guide

How to Use Retinol: A Beginner’s Guide

Posted on 20 Aug, 2020


What is retinol?

Retinol has been called “the fountain of youth” for its ability to stimulate skin cell turnover resulting in that lovely spa-like facial glow and a more youthful-looking complexion. This popular topical product is in the family of retinoids, which are derivatives of Vitamin A.

What does retinol do to the skin?

Vitamin A is known to promote the production of skin-building compounds. As our skin ages, we produce less collagen, and cell turnover becomes less efficient. Retinol helps with both cell renewal and increasing collagen production . Fresh cells and collagen tend to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol users have also reported improvement in skin texture, acne and saggy skin .

What about acne and other undesirables?

The effects of using retinol are beneficial to the treatment of acne, blackheads and clogged pores by reducing the stickiness of the cells. Many have found this compound to help treat their acne while increasing skin hydration. In fact, retinol has been shown to help with a variety of unwanted skin conditions, even.

With continued retinol use, keratinocytes (cells on the outermost layer of our skin) continue to be replaced by fresher cells underneath. Because of this, retinol is extremely popular with most skin types since it helps to reveal an overall even skin tone and texture.

What are the best retinol products?

We might be a little biased, but our customers agree that FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate is an excellent retinol product, especially for beginners and those with sensitive skin . This formula combines retinol, advanced peptides and other effective ingredients to nourish and support skin health. To focus on crow’s feet, fine lines and the eye area specifically, try Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid . This cream is formulated with microencapsulated retinol which releases the retinol over time, making it safe to use around the eye area.

How to get started using retinol

Though many women start using retinol as young as mid-20s, all ages report positive results . Regardless of your age, when just beginning to use retinol, it is recommended that you begin cautiously. Slowly ramp up both the frequency of use and the strength of the product. For this reason, we created Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate , which is an ideal place to start for both beginners and those with sensitive skin. As you are getting started, take care to notice any reactions your skin might have and allow your skin time to adjust. We also recommend that you use your Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate at night versus during the day, because retinol can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.

Retinol and sunscreen

Speaking of sunlight- don’t forget your sunscreen. When using retinol, your skin cells are turning over more quickly, making them more susceptible to the sun’s powerful rays. We always recommend, especially when using retinol, to make a quality sunscreen part of your everyday routine. Whether you are spending your time in the office, outdoors, or in a car- our Liquid Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide is our sunscreen designed to be applied under yourmakeup so it doesn’t interfere with your makeup application. Or go makeup-free with our popular Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 . Our customers love protecting their skin without makeup and just a hint of coverage.

As our bodies continue to create new cells, we can help reveal those on our skin, with FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate . Continued retinol usage will help your skin look fresher and healthier while it smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Remember to start slowly with the strength and the frequency of applications. Also, protect your skin by giving it time to heal and adjust, especially in the beginning.


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