Retinol has been celebrated by skincare experts over the years for its anti-ageing properties. Along with applying sunscreen, it’s a go-to for those looking to retain a youthful complexion.
You may have come across the mention of both retinol and retinoids in beauty products before. Retinoids are actually products that contain retinol, and retinol itself is a chemical compound of vitamin A, which is said to boost collagen production. That’s the very thing we all need to keep our skin’s elasticity as we age. It also works by increasing cell production, which helps to fight against wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven pigmentation. Essentially, this is a similar premise to exfoliation, but retinoids get to work on a deeper level.
Ultimately, there are different types of retinoids in varying products, running from serums to eye creams and night moisturisers. Despite their anti-ageing benefits, they can be used effectively from your late 20s upwards. The ingredient targets a range of skin problems so it’s more about skin conditions than age.
Retinol is an ingredient that can come with some side-effects so it’s wise to read the packaging fully. Dryness, burning and stinging can be experienced initially. In addition, pregnant or breastfeeding women are advised to steer clear. To start, it’s best to select a gentler product with a lower percent of retinol to check for skin sensitivity. When using a retinoid, remember to apply a high SPF, as it can increase photosensitivity.