You Can Sill Use Retinol Even IF You Have Sensitive Skin If You Follow Our 7 Tips
Retinol has been at the forefront of beauty news for a while now and more and more people are incorporating it into their skincare arsenal. A pure form of Vitamin A; retinol’s benefits are numerous… reduces wrinkles and stops fine lines in their tracks, evens out skin tone and brightens the skin, and it unclogs and shrinks pores as well as reduces acne. What more would a person want out of a single skincare product. Problem is that not all people can tolerate retinol; people with sensitive skin may have to deal with a certain level of irritation that might put them off retinol altogether. Yet there are ways to go around this….read below for CIIN’s 7 tips on how to use retinol if you have sensitive skin.
1 || Start With A Gentle Cleanse
Always start with a good cleanse no matter what…yet this is especially true if you’re about to embark on the use of retinol. If you have sensitive skin, make sure you are using a gentle cleanser that includes ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
2 || Start Low
Some dermatologists suggest that people with delicate or hypersensitive skin should start with a lower concentration of retinol or they could even start with what is called a retinol ester. A retinol ester is a less concentrated form of vitamin A, a sort of an introductory course if you will. Look for products that include retinyl propionate which is a milder form of retinol.
3 || Moisturise Religiously
If you’ve previously skimped on moisturiser then you should know that it’s a must now that you’ve decided to use retinol. Whether you have sensitive skin or not, a moisturiser is a must with retinol. However, if you have sensitive skin you should moisturise first and then apply the retinol; this way you provide the skin with a barrier that will not interfere with the effectiveness of retinol. You can also use the ‘sandwich technique’ which means you should moisturise before and after you apply your retinol. Some even use the dilution method for a while, where they add a small amount of retinol to their face cream to dilute it, and you can then switch to any of the above methods as your skin starts to better tolerate it.
4 || Start Slow & Build It Up
Starting with a pea-sized dollop two to three times a week is best. If your skin is tolerating it well and after two weeks you are not experiencing any of the side effects associated with retinol such as dryness, flaking, and redness then you should increase application to every other night. You may increase application frequency and make it a nightly thing if your skin is tolerating it exceptionally well. We recommend Dermaceutic’s Retinol as it comes in two concentrations the 0.5 and the 1.0. You can start with the lower concentration and decide if you want to take it up. Contact us for Orders.
5 || Steer Clear of Harsh Ingredients & Peels
Stay away from other acids for a while such as glycolic acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) as these can also cause dryness and irritation. You may want to postpone any scheduled peels till after your skin is well accustomed to retinol.
6 || Choose Cream Instead of Serum or Gel
Serum and gel retinol formulas are generally more concentrated so you may want to stick to cream formulas as these will include percentages as low as 0.05.
7 || Short Contact Application
Another great way to train your skin and increase your skin’s tolerance for retinol is to use the “short contact application”. This method is very similar to a skin patch test. You apply the retinol to the skin and wash it off after a few minutes. You can gradually and slowly increase the time until your skin adjusts and then you can leave it on overnight.