December 21 2020

There are few skincare ingredients that can be intimidating to use if you’ve never applied them before. Retinol is definitely one of those ingredients. 

Where does it fit in my skincare routine? What can and can’t I layer it with? Is this going to burn my face off?!  Don’t worry - all of these are very common thoughts when it comes to using the most popular anti-aging ingredient for the very first time. 

Let’s start with the basics: 

What is retinol? 

Retinol is a retinoid. Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A that convert to retinoic acid, an ingredient that research shows helps stimulate skin cell growth and turnover, which decreases over time. 

In simpler terms: retinol is a form of vitamin A that can stimulate the metabolism of skin cells and encourage collagen production. Aka bye wrinkles and fine lines!

What are the benefits of using a retinol?

Retinol isn’t a one-size-fits-all ingredient people use it for many different reasons from anti-aging to acne. But what is it best known for? Improving fine lines and wrinkles while enhancing collagen production in the skin with improvement in skin texture. It’s so versatile that even if you don't have acne or fine lines and wrinkles, the ingredient can help maintain a more even-looking complexion overall

What side effects does retinol have?

This is where retinol can get a bad rap. It has a bit of a reputation for being harsh on your skin - drying, redness, and peeling are some things you may experience when using it. 

Some people who have super sensitive skin have to be ultra careful when first using retinol as their skin may not be able to tolerate it. It’s important to start with slowly and work your way up as your skin gets accustomed to it. Topicals also make you more sensitive to sunlight, leading to quicker and easier sunburns, so be sure to wear SPF every day. 

(ps. our new retinol eye stick uses encapsulated retinol - a gentler format that allows for a controlled release of the retinol vs. using too much at once that may lead to harsh side effects.) 

When should I start using retinol?

According to experts, mid-twenties to early thirties is a great time to begin using a topical retinol in your skincare routine. Since this is the time that cell turnover starts to slow down, it'll help boost the collagen production that’s been lost. Prevention is always key! 

Shop our NEW Retinol Eye Stick now! 

*Based upon what the research says and why we love it