Retinoids are the holy grail of anti-aging. However, they can cause dryness & irritation if you don’t slowly introduce them into your routine.
When introducing retinol into your routine:
Creams are more gentle than serums to begin with- start with a low concentration (0.01 %) and build up your tolerance to avoid irritation. You may even start with milder formulas such as Granactive Retinoid.
Start slow: (1-3 times/day) and increase to every other day.
Apply before bed on dry skin
Wear SPF during the day
You can apply moisturizer before and after retinol application to limit irritation
Avoid adding new acid exfoliants to your regime for a few weeks (AHAs/BHAs such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid)
Example evening routine:
Oil cleanser-water cleanser-hydrating toner—serums (hyaluronic acid, peptides)-retinol-facial oil-moisturizer
*retinol can be applied after moisturizer as well.
Patience is key! The effects of retinol use becomes apparent after about 6 weeks of consistent use.
Retinoid products for beginners that we love:
Avene Retrinal 0.05 Cream
VERSED Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3
Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Face Mask
Note: This is not medical advice. Consult with a physician or dermatologist in the event of uncertainty. Always patch test new skincare products.