Many view Retinol as a miracle ingredient for the skin. Some of its benefits include boosting collagen production, encouraging skin cell turnover, improving fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne. It's understandable why so many people want to incorporate this ingredient into their skincare routines.
While retinol certainly works wonders for the skin, it does have it's drawbacks, especially for sensitive skin. Some of the effects of using retinol are flaking, redness, itchiness, breakouts and hypersensitivity.
You may be concerned with adding a retinol to your routine for fear of possible side effects. The good news is that retinol can find its place in any skincare routine if used properly.
Here we're going to share a few tips on how to use retinol, especially if you have sensitive skin.
1. Go low in strength
If you have sensitive skin or if you've never used a retinol before, it's best to start with a less concentrated formula. Retinol is a pure form of Vitamin A. Using a lesser form such as retinyl propionate will help to decrease reactivity and get the skin used to the effects of retinol.
2. Avoid potentially irritating ingredients
When introducing a retinol to your skincare, it's best to avoid any other ingredients that can potentially irritate the skin. Chemical peels, acids and other exfoliants can cause irritation, dryness and redness. Combining strong exfoliators and retinol may prove to be too much for sensitive skin types. Slowly introduce other ingredients into your routine so that your skin can get used to the change without causing too much of a shock.
3. Add Moisture
It's very important to moisturize and hydrate when using a retinol. The skin can already be prone to dryness and irritation when using retinol, so a good moisturizer is key. Moisturizing before you apply the retinol helps to prep the skin and reduce the risk of sensitivity.
4. Small doses
When starting out, use very small amounts of retinol (if using a cream, start off with a pea size) a couple of times a week. Starting with small amounts will help your skin to get used to the ingredient and lessen the chance of hypersensitivity.
Retinol is a highly effective ingredient that is useful for all ages and skin types. Incorporating the steps above will help those with sensitive skin enjoy the benefits of retinol without experiencing potential side effects.