Everyone’s praising the virtues of retinol these days, but what’s the deal with this much-loved skincare ingredient? And why’s lockdown the perfect time to try it?
1. This liquid form of Vitamin A has been scientifically proven to fix a multitude of skin concerns.
2. It can improve skin cell turnover and reduce the breakdown of collagen (aka the original #blackdontcrack protein – it keeps the skin looking youthful and plump).
3. It also works to kick fine lines, pigmentation and acne marks to the curb, revitalising the skin in the process.
4. For problematic skin in particular, it exfoliates the top layers of the skin cells, which ensures pores don’t get clogged with dead skin as often.
5. Lockdown is a chance to evaluate how we’re treating our skin, and establish a proper regime – perhaps with retinol in the mix.
However, before we all rush to give it a go, it’s important to start small-small. Reported side effects of retinol include dryness, flaking and redness, and it can also make the skin more sensitive to UV rays (so sunscreen, indoors or out, is essential).
The Ordinary’s highly stable, water-free solution is a cost-effective intro to this wonder serum, which might explain why it’s regularly sold out. At 1%, it’s advised to use it gradually – i.e once a week – as part of your PM regime. So no need to get heavy-handed to rush the results; we’ve got plenty more time (and #nomakeupdays) on our hands right now. Then, you can build up the frequency as your skin adapts.
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