Skincare 101: Retinol

Skincare 101 Retinol

Skincare ingredients are so confusing! Let’s break it down. Today…Retinol.

What Is It?

Retinol, AKA Retinoids or Retinoic Acid, is an anti-aging ingredient. Made from Vitamin A and found in skincare in varying percentages. In every concentration it’s a pretty potent ingredient so can cause irritation (redness or even peeling).

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

What Does It Do?

Increases collagen production (to plump skin and minimise fine lines) speeds up cell turnover (for smooth skin) and unclogs pores (to fight spots).

What’s It In?

Serum, moisturiser.

Indeed Labs Retinol Reface Serum

Such As? 

When to Use?

After cleansing.

La Roche-Posay Redermic R Anti-Wrinkle Treatment


Start off slowly. Every third night for 2 weeks, building up to every night.

Push on through the dryness and light peeling stage. It’s part of the process.

Stick with it. It can take 12 weeks to see results.


Use with AHAs as they reduce effectiveness.

Use during pregnancy.

Forget the sunscreen. Retinol makes skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so is best used at night.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoids 2%

Next time…Antioxidants.




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