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Note when using retinol for skin care

Retinol has been proven by studies to have effective anti-aging properties. However, some people use it incorrectly, causing skin irritation, peeling, darkening ... Here are some notes when using retinol to control the aforementioned side effects.

‏1. What is retinol?‏

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative and is one of the ingredients that have been researched for its anti-aging and wrinkle -reducing properties .

Over time, the amount of collagen in the body gradually declines naturally, along with external influences such as sunlight, cosmetics, etc., causing the skin to age . Signs of aging can be mentioned such as melasma , sagging skin, lack of elasticity, appearance of wrinkles ...

Using retinol in the skin care cycle works to speed up cell renewal on the skin, stimulating the body to produce more new collagen. As a result, wrinkles and crow's feet are significantly reduced, while preventing new wrinkles from forming.

‏Some typical effects of retinol on skin:‏‏
  • Helps strengthen the skin's protective barrier
  • ‏Keep skin moisture‏
  • ‏Improve skin texture‏
  • ‏Limit aging problems such as skin pigmentation, sagging, wrinkles, ...
Retinol is researched for its anti-aging and wrinkle reduction capabilities.

‏2. How to use retinol for skin care

‏ 2.1 Check sensitivity and frequency of use

‏For those who are using products containing retinol for the first time, there may be reactions such as redness, dryness, peeling, etc. Therefore, it is best to test your skin's sensitivity before using retinol.

By applying the product to the forearm, avoid exposure to the sun for about 24 hours on the skin that has been used with retinol. If you do not experience any unusual symptoms, you can safely use retinol products for your face.‏

Besides, the skin needs time to get used to and adapt to the new active ingredient, so you should choose a product with a low concentration and use it a few times a week during the first time using retinol. You can then flexibly increase the frequency of using the product. Once the skin is fully accustomed to the action of this vitamin A derivative, you can use them every night.‏

‏ 2.2 The order of using retinol in the skin

Here's how to incorporate retinol into your skin care routine:

Step 1: Remove makeup and wash your face with cleanser. Then use toner to balance the pH of the skin.‏

Step 2: Apply serum. Then take a pea-sized amount of retinol and apply it to your face, avoiding the eye and lip area.

Step 3 : Apply moisturizer .

Note that retinol can make your skin drier than usual, so an effective moisturizer should be used to help hydrate and strengthen the skin barrier.‏

Retinol skin care routine

‏3. Precautions when using retinol‏

‏When using retinol for skin care, it should be noted:‏‏ 
  • Since retinol makes the skin sensitive to the sun, using this active ingredient at night is most appropriate and effective.
  • ‏If it's your first time using products with retinol, you should use the lowest concentration and switch to a higher concentration after a few weeks.‏
  • Always moisturize adequately when using retinol to reduce retinol side effects such as dryness and flaking.
  • ‏Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day, because the skin will become more sensitive to the sun after using retinol (the skin will easily catch the sun and cause tanning).‏
  • ‏Do not use retinol or group of retinoids while pregnant or breastfeeding.‏
  • ‏Consult your doctor before use if you have a special skin condition.

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