Retinol 101

Looking to achieve smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin? Adding retinol into your routine is the answer to all three. Retinol is the most clinically-studied ingredient for aging and acne-prone skin. Our Beginner Retinol Gel, 0.1% has been clinically tested for sensitive skin, making it the ideal choice to get all the amazing benefits that retinol has to offer without irritation.

In this blog post, we'll explain what retinol does, who should use it, what's unique about our formula, how to use it, and when you can expect results. Let's get started on your retinol journey!

Why Use Retinol?

What Does Retinol Do? Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, is best known for its benefits for aging and acne-prone skin. Retinol is the gold-standard ingredient for speeding up skin cell turnover, which helps your skin shed old, dull cells and replace them with fresh ones. The result? A smoother, more radiant complexion with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, it promotes the production of collagen, a protein that keeps your skin bouncy, firm, and youthful. 

Who Can Benefit from Retinol? Retinol is incredibly versatile, making it suitable for various skincare concerns. If you're aiming to prevent or reduce fine lines, wrinkles, or uneven texture, retinol is your go-to. It's also a beloved ingredient for those dealing with acne and blemishes, as it helps unclog pores and prevent future breakouts.

What Makes Beginner Retinol Gel, 0.1% Unique? How you start out with retinol can make or break your experience. Our Beginner Retinol Gel is formulated with our 0.1% Tri-Retinoid Comfort Complex™ which delivers 3 different types of retinoids at different speeds to protect skin from irritation. Our retinol complex is further buffered with a soothing blend of aloe and cica to prevent excessive dryness. These features make it an excellent choice for those who don’t know where to start, are too scared of potential retinol side effects, or had a bad experience with a previous product used. 

Part 2: How to Use Retinol

When introducing Beginner Retinol Gel, 01% to your skincare routine, it's important to follow a few key steps:

  • Work Up to Nightly: Begin by applying a pearl-sized amount to clean, dry skin every other night. As your skin becomes more accustomed to it, you can increase the frequency until you are using it nightly. This could take about 1-2 weeks for most.
  • Proper Application Order: Follow this order when applying your skincare products: cleanser, toner (if you use one), Beginner Retinol Gel, serum(s), and moisturizer.
  • Suggested Pairings: To maximize hydration and skin-firming benefits, consider combining Beginner Retinol Gel, 0.1% with products like Ceramide Barrier Serum and Resurrection Polypeptide Cream. During the day, always protect your skin with SPF.
  • Avoid Exfoliants at Night: To prevent potential skin irritation, refrain from using leave-on exfoliants in your nighttime routine when using retinol. Instead, use them in your morning routine!

Part 3: How Long Until You See Results

In the short term, you can look forward to smoother skin, improved texture, and a more youthful glow within just a few weeks of consistent retinol use. Like SPF, it also serves as a preventative measure. However, it's important to note that retinol is a long-term investment in your skin. Significant improvements in fine lines and firmness may take 4-6 months of consistent use to become noticeable. Over time, it prevents the formation of fine lines and premature aging by encouraging collagen production and speeding up the skin's natural renewal process. While patience is essential, the results from retinol are definitely worth the wait!

In conclusion, our Beginner Retinol Gel 0.1% offers a gentle yet effective entry into the world of retinol. By using a beginner-friendly strength like ours and staying consistent with nightly application you can unlock a more radiant and youthful complexion!