So, retinol… I didn’t even know about it until Hyram aka the Skincare Expert from TikTok mentioned it. Apparently, they are endorsed as products that could reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, it could also be beneficial for people in their 20s… like me! And, upon research, here’s everything you need to know, even if you’re not looking for anti-aging benefits.
Science-based facts why you should add retinol to your skincare routine
Retinol is a vitamin A-based ingredient, promoting cell turnover. According to dermatologists, it also helps to exfoliate away any dead skin cells. This, on the other hand, can lead to smoother skin, less acne, and a glowing complexion. Of course, it includes diminished fine lines and wrinkles. Dermatologist Dr. Fatima Fahs detailed why it would be beneficial for twenty-year-olds. She also noted that retinol boosts collagen production allowing for plumper-looking skin. Aside from that, it also reduces the appearance of pores.
“Retinol will help reduce acne – especially the small comedonal acne that seems too stubborn and results in textural changes. It will also help brighten your complexion. I mean, who doesn’t love a glow? And, if you have scarring, sun spots or dark spots, it can lighten them.”
TIP # 1: Start Slow
Dr. Fahs recommended applying a pea-sized amount to the entire face. Then, you can start off using the product every other day or every few days. As your tolerance to the ingredient builds, you can increase how often you use the product.
TIP # 2: Moisturize
Retinols can dry your skin. So, make sure to amp up your hydration. Dr. Fahs also said that if you have especially dry skin to moisturize before and after the retinol application.
TIP # 3: Stay Consistent.
Results take time. Retinols do big work and improvement can happen from six to twelve weeks. So, stay consistent.
Let us know if you use retinol and how long you’ve been using it.
Angela Grace P. Baltan is a Communication graduate from Colegio de San Juan de Letran. She doesn’t hesitate to be opinionated in analyzing movies and television series. As a writer, she uses her articles to advocate for feminism, gender equality, and mental health among others.