What is Retinol by Clare O’Hanlon, Business Development Manager, Juliette Armand Skincare

What is retinol?

Retinol is another word commonly known as Vitamin A. Everyone over the age of 30 should be using some form of retinol topically on their skin. As over 30s is when the skin starts losing collagen and the skin may start to thin. The benefits for the skin are incredible such as decreasing wrinkle size, depth and volume. It has a slightly exfoliating action to the skin that rejuvenates it and erased years off pigmented, sun damaged skin. It minimises pore size and speeds cell turnover to even skin tone and smoothness. Retinol is also great for acne skins when conjoined with salicylic acid.

There are different strengths of retinol available in salons and homecare but it is always best to start at a low percentage and increase it with time. Some side effects to retinol will be significant peeling of the skin and redness. There are also consequences to not wearing an SPF while treating the skin with retinol such as pigmentation so bare this in mind if you are visiting a sunny country when using any retinol containing products.

There are different ways to introduce retinol into your skincare, the most popular vitamin A containing products are moisturisers and serums and that is because they sit on the skin the longest and have longer to penetrate through. Sometimes you might feel the product tingle, this is normal. The only people who should stay clear of retinol products are highly sensitive skins and pregnancy. I have a feeling you are going to wish I told you about retinol ages ago!