It feels like the millionth time we’ve discussed retinol, but for good reason; Retinol is a marvel, an angel, a superhero, a clinically proven product that gives results.
Why retinol is so loved:
🌟Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Boosts collagen production,
Leaves your skin bright and glowy
Okay, so it is great. But I’ve tried it already, you say, and no, not for me. Perhaps you found your skin red and splotchy, or dry and flakey. Sound familiar? Keep reading for tips and tricks to help you achieve that magical retinol sweet spot.
Here are 5 possible reasons why Retinol might have irritated your skin:
1. You were using the wrong kind for your skin
Not all retinol products are created equal. And that is a good thing. Retinol can be irritating if used without consideration of your skin sensitivity. If you’re using it for the first time you may not want to go all in and start with a 1%. If you’ve recently used strong actives such as Hydroxy Acids, you also might want to go easy.
La Clinica’s retinol range is designed to provide visible results, while alleviating potential irritation. The Essentials Pure Retinol is delivered in Luxurious Plant Oils, which calm and support the skin. Featuring ultra-soothing, skin loving ingredients such as Defensil Plus, Chamomile Extract, Calendula Extract, Jojoba Oil. The range also offers options in strength so you can dip your proverbial toes in with the gentle 0.2%, move up to mid-strength 0.5% and 0.75% then the highest strength is the full 1%.
2. You hadn’t supported your skin barrier
It is a good idea to make sure your skin is in tip top condition before starting retinol. This reduces the chance of any reaction and also primes the skin and maximises the results.
Keep reading: How to prep your skin for retinol
While using retinol it is also important to keep supporting your skin. Retinol works by increasing skin cell turnover, potentially causing sensitive, peeling skin. To assist your skin through this process you want to give it all the help you can with targeted skin barrier supporting ingredients. The Deep Hydration Moisture Cream is a retinol BFF due to its nourishing ingredients.
Keep reading: How to Fix a Skin Barrier Freakout
3. You had used too much too soon
It is exciting using a product that has proven results and easy to get carried away slathering it on the skin but as the old adage goes; there can be too much of a good thing. Remember, low and slow is the go. Use one pump every second evening, if your skin is sensitive, start with twice a week. For more resilient skin build up to every evening.
4. You didn’t wear sunscreen
Blasphemy! Just kidding, but it is important to always wear sunscreen and even more crucial when using actives like retinol. As you’re encouraging skin cell turnover, the skin below is more sensitive to sun exposure. If you don’t protect this baby skin, you’re doing more harm than good. More sun damage and irritation could be the result. Think of sunscreen as just another step in your skincare routine, and apply everyday.
5. You hadn’t used it long enough
Finally, retinol isn’t the overnight miracle magic product like Enzymes and Glycolic Acid. It is a long game and results can take around 2 months. Keep it up to reap the benefits!
Keep reading: A Super Simple, Easy Retinol Routine