When it comes to getting a youthful glow, the cream al retinol (but also the serious one) is the best ally. Finding the best products for your skin, however, can be a real challenge, as this ingredient (also known as Vitamin A) has the ability to cause irritation, dryness and flaking, regardless of skin type.
Here Dija Ayodele, beautician and founder of West Room Aesthetics and Black Skin Directory, answers all the most pressing questions related to retinol, from the ideal amount to apply to ingredients more effective with which to superimpose it.
How does retinol work?
“Retinol is a long-term game changer for the skin. Skin cells interact much better with it than many other ingredients. Retinol stimulates collagen, helping to keep the facial scaffold in place and smoothing lines and wrinkles. Refine the skin by accelerating the normal exfoliation process, giving shine, smoothness and a much more even complexion. It also stimulates thehyaluronic acid of the skin, keeping it hydrated, hydrated, plumped and elastic “.
What is the right amount to apply?
“It really depends on the version of retinol you are using, as there are many variations with different strengths. Always do reference to the professional who provides it to you. If in doubt, a quantity as large as a pea all right. It is always better to use less. “
Can you use retinol every day?
“It depends on the percentage of Vitamin A. The advice is to start by integrating retinol into your routine twice a week. Better than Wednesday and Sunday to allow the skin to rest enough in between. Continue to apply it twice a week for the first few weeks, then three times a week, then four and so on. “
At what age should you start using it?
“Come on 25 years old, since collagen begins to decline and wear out around this age. If you are using retinol to treat a skin condition such asacne, however, there is no age range – this is at the discretion of your doctor or dermatologist – although most experts avoid giving retinol products to very young people. “
What other ingredient should you not use retinol with?
“There is nothing you shouldn’t use retinol with. But my suggestion is to use retinol alone. night after cleansing that I perform with a product based on alpha hydroxy acids. My routine provides glycolic acid, vitamin E, lactic acid and hyaluronic acid (not all at once). Warning: If you are taking prescribed medications, it may be best to avoid alpha hydroxy acids and opt for one milder polyhydroxy acid, such as gluconolactone or lactobionic acid. Dermatologists should ideally give their clients an appropriate skin care routine to follow.
“The question actually is what you should use retinol with. Moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin, peptides, ceramides, when inserted a sandwich with retinol, they help support skin integrity. ”
Ultimately, you should listen to your own skin and let it be your guide. Ayodele recommends keep a diary noting any changes and taking photos of the skin, comparing it all over six months. Finally: it is It is essential to use sunscreen every day.
And now, from the best stain formula to products perfect for mature skin, here is British Vogue’s selection of the best retinol creams and serums
Sensitive skins: La Roche-Posay Retinol 0.3% + Vitamin B3 Serum
By combining vitamin B3 with 0.3 percent retinol, it is gentle and gentle even when applied to the most sensitive skin.
Dull complexion: Alpha-H Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum
Widely known for its exceptional Liquid Gold treatments, Alpha-H has gone above and beyond with this latest release. Combining the illuminating power ofglycolic acid with the granactive retinoid resurfacing, this night treatment offers everything you need to tackle age spots, dull complexion and premature aging in one powerful formula.
Accessible: The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
The Ordinary is renowned for delivering top quality ingredients at affordable prices. High potency, minimal irritation, competitive price – to love.
For beginners: PCA Skin Retinol Treatment For Sensitive Skin
Worried about dryness and irritation? This offering from PCA Skin is gentle enough even for more sensitive skins and is particularly suitable for those who have already experienced retinol-induced sensitivity. The intelligent formula delivery system allows for effective cell turnover without sensitizing the skin.
Best Serum: Institut Esthederm Intensive Retinol Face Serum
Perfect for deep wrinkles, this emollient-rich retinol serum effectively blocks hydration.
Best booster: Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Booster
Designed to be added to serum or moisturizer, Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Booster offers a more customizable approach to using retinol, making it perfect for beginners.
Best Night Mask: Allies of Skin 1A Retinal and Peptides Overnight Mask
This formula rich in antioxidants provides a nourishing jolt to mature skin. Fortified with Ally-R ™ this formula helps promote compactness and smoothness of dull skin.
For acne: Lixir Night Switch Retinol 1%
The range Night Switch by Lixir it is based on the idea that using too many active ingredients at the same time can “confuse” the skin. Night Switch Retinol 1% refines the grain of the skin and increases tone and firmness.
Moisturizer: RéVive Perfectif Night Even Skin Tone Cream Retinol Dark Spot Corrector
Powered by retinol microencapsulated, this night cream Perfecting works to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and discoloration. Its moisturizing base rich in ceramides and fatty acids helps rehydrate dry skin overnight.
Best alternative: Medik8 Bakuchiol Peptides
For those who simply they cannot tolerate retinol or want a natural approach, look at bakuchiol, a plant-based alternative to retinol. This serum smoothes, plumps, brightens and stimulates collagen production, while gotu kola (otherwise known as cica) helps to soothe and calm. You can also use it morning and evening.
For sun damaged skin: Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic and Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer
In this powerful antioxidant formula, theferulic acid, helps neutralize free radical damage to cells caused by external aggressors such as pollution and UV light.
Best Retinol Cream: Kate Somerville + Retinol Vitamin C Hydratant
To be considered as a definitive moisturizer. A mixture of retinol and C vitamin, will firm, brighten and nourish, improving the appearance of the skin over time.
In the pharmacy: SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3% Cream
The SkinCeuticals formula uses the technology encapsulation, to minimize damage and allow the bisabolol derived from the chamomile to counteract any irritation.
Best Night Oil: Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
The Luna Sleeping Night Oil by Sunday Riley combines retinoid oil with cold-pressed blue and chia tansy, grape seed and avocado to renew the skin’s surface overnight. One of the favorite celebrities.
For wrinkles: Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum
By combining retinol with the ceramides who love skin, Elizabeth Arden allows you to avoid any flaking. The capsule format means that it won’t apply too much product and it also keeps the formula fresh.
For mature skin: Zelens Power A Treatment Drops
With encapsulated retinol e two different retinoids, this powerful concentrate is the best choice for mature skin.
Anti stain: StriVectin Super-C Retinol Brighten & Correct Vitamin C Serum
With two active assets – vitamin C and retinol – this light serum is a marvel multitasking. Expect it to brighten, smooth, soften wrinkles and also strengthen the skin barrier.
To tackle the signs of aging: Sarah Chapman Skinesis Retinol Oil
By combining plant stem cells, Platinum Peptide Release and Extended Release Retinol, Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Platinum Stem Cell Elixir is a true super serum, acts on fine lines and wrinkles, increases collagen synthesis and improves skin elasticity.
Anti wrinkle: Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum
With the intelligent technology of three-part retinol, which includes a fast-acting retinoid, extended-release retinol and retinol enhancer, expect uneven texture (and the like) to be addressed from all angles with the help of this Murad serum.
Night Cream: Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Face Moisturizer with retinol and vitamin B3
This moisturizer had a long waiting list when it launched for the first time and for good reason. Combine retinoids with vitamin B3, to simultaneously hydrate and smooth while doing the normal work of retinol. It is also an affordable choice.
This article was previously published on Vogue.uk