Retinol: The Staple Feature in your Nighttime Skincare Routine
Who said you have to dread getting older when you can age beautifully and with healthy skin? Let’s be honest, age is just a number and we can really learn a lot about how our body ages through the changes we undergo along the way. By learning about those changes we can incorporate new treatments in our skincare routines. Ultimately, applying the right products on our skin can make us look and feel great as we age. And that’s precisely where the powerful anti-aging derivative of vitamin A–retinol–comes in; to help the skin rejuvenate.
How does retinol work on the skin?
Firstly, we need to understand the cell turnover process our skin undergoes. That is, the cells on our skin turnover every 28 days creating a new fresh layer up until we hit our early 30s. Then, around our mid-30s the cell regeneration hits the brakes and slows down to turnover every 50, 60, or even 70 days. This deceleration causes our skin to look dull, feel dry and wrinkled.
Retinol acts by sinking into our skin and basically pushing the pedal to speed up cell turnover. This way our body produces fresher and smoother skin again. So you can pretty much say retinol tricks our bodies to make it think it’s younger than it is, and, boy, do we love this trick!
But just when you thought that this super product couldn’t be any better, well, it turns out that retinol also helps treat acne, blackheads, and clogged pores. Say what!? Yes ma chérie, retinol improves the overall texture of your skin, it increases collagen production–and increased collagen means plump skin–minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, evens out your skin tone and decreases your pore size. It’s no wonder retinol is considered the “gold standard” for anti-aging and combating acne.
Make your skin retinol ready
You may be telling yourself “this is too good to be true,” so here’s one important thing to keep in mind: for retinol to be so effective it may be a bit harsh on your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. This minor irritation where you may see some dryness, redness and peeling; which is how retinoids work on turning over cells, can be managed with a proper skincare routine.
Keep this in mind if you are planning on doing chemical peels or lasers. So, make sure you tell your dermatologist what retinol you are using this way they can properly assess your skin.
Luckily, at La Parfait Cosmetics, you can find all the products you will need to make the most of your skincare routine. We recommend using our Vitamin C Brightening Serum along with the Retinol Serum Max Rejuvenation as these work synergistically to make your skin glow. Vitamin C protects your skin from sun damage as well as pollution. So, the serum should be used in the morning. Since retinol helps build collagen production, you should use it at night.
After you’ve applied your retinol, make sure you apply a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid like our Advanced Renewal Day Cream
or our Deep Renewal Hyaluronic Acid Cream
. Always remember, no matter what, to wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ every single day of the year. You will be preventing skin cancers, sun spots or wrinkles but also because retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun and you want to make sure your skin reaches its optimum cell turnover.
Like any skincare product, especially a new one you introduce into your routine, it will take some time to see the major results. This may take between 4 to 6 weeks on average, and if you have acne, it may take up to 12 weeks to see a complete improvement. Surely, you’ll find that our Retinol Serum Max Rejuvenation is one of the strongest and most effective retinol serums you’ll come across. It will increase your collagen production, treat fine lines and acne, diminish hyperpigmentation and minimize pore size.
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