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What Can Retinol Do For Your Skin?

What Can Retinol Do For Your Skin?

Retinol is a winning ingredient that not only targets the main concerns of ageing but many others! Find out how retinol works in the skin and how you can easily incorporate this into your home care routine safely.

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28 Apr 21

We have all heard about the use of Retinol in skincare products. But what can Retinol really do for your skin?

Retinol is a type of retinoid made from Vitamin A. It's a winning ingredient that targets multiple concerns on our skin. Other forms of Vitamin A are:

  • Retinyl palmitate. This is the least-potent OTC retinoid. ...
  • Retinaldehyde. This is an OTC retinoid that's stronger than retinol. ...
  • Retinol. This is the standard ingredient found in OTC retinoid products.
  • Tretinoin. ...
  • Tazarotene. ...
  • Adapalene


What is the benefit of using Retinol and Vitamin A

  • Helps reverse the signs of skin ageing by accelerating skin cell renewal
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots
  • Helps reduce the appearance of acne by helping prevent dead skin cells from clogging pores
  • Helps clear breakouts at a faster rate
  • Helps even skin tone

Why is Retinol used?

As our skin ages, cell turnover and collagen production slow down, leading to visible signs of skin ageing (spots, fine lines, wrinkles etc). Retinol is an excellent treatment choice for these concerns.

Retinol also helps unclog pores, exfoliate and smooth the skin, even skin tone and treat acne.

Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil

How does Retinol work?

Retinol encourages skin cell turnover and renewal. This gives skin a smoother, more even-toned appearance.

To tolerate Retinol, the skin often has to build up what are called retinoid receptors first. These receptors are proteins that are naturally found in skin, and they help Retinol do its work. Skin can build retinoid receptors through controlled exposure, which is why it’s often recommended to start slow with retinol products and build up to higher concentrations.

The most powerful effects of retinol (retinoids) are on collagen! Retinoids have a dual effect here: they help to decrease the amount of collagen breakdown from sun exposure and they stimulate the production of new collagen. Wow!

How do I use Retinol?

Begin using Retinol gradually: slowly building up your skin’s tolerance helps avoid and reduce irritation. Start by using it once or twice every week, then every other day, and ultimately every day if your skin can tolerate it.

Some skins can tolerate retinol twice a week, whilst others can move to a daily application - it really depends on the skin so if you aren't sure, please contact us for advice.

Some key points when using Retinol:

  • Retinol must only be used at night to avoid irritation from sun exposure
  • During the day, always use sunscreen to help protect your skin against sun exposure
  • Avoid other exfoliants unless they are designed to be used with Retinol and your skin therapist/doctor says it’s okay
  • Avoid Retinol if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding


What may I experience on the skin in the initial use of Retinol?

It can take up to several weeks for your skin to get used to Retinol. In the meantime, you may experience flaking and small bumps that resemble breakouts, as well as other forms of sensitivity.

This is normal and should stop once your skin builds up its retinoid receptors. We call this “skin purging” - it’s really your skin building up its receptors through controlled exposure


Dermalogica and Retinol

With their advanced ingredient technology and targeted results, Dermalogica has a number of products that contain retinol or other forms of Vitamin A. Which one is your perfect match?


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3.5% high-dose retinol serum visibly reduces the 4 signs of skin aging in just 2 weeks

Soothing Squalane helps minimise the appearance of pores, smooth texture for softer skin, even tone, and reverse the look of wrinkles. Clinically proven to work faster than a leading competitor, Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum delivers the max benefits of a retinol while maintaining the health of the skin barrier.

  • Helps reverse signs of photoageing
  • Helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone and discolouration
  • Accelerates skin renewal
  • Firms to reduce the appearance of fine lines

Best Retinol for adult acne

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Retinol Clearing Oil is a high-performance night oil that combines a time-release Retinol and Salicylic Acid into one skin-soothing formula.

  • Delivers clearer, more vibrant skin while you sleep
  • Renews skin overnight
  • Reduces visible signs of breakouts and skin ageing

Best Retinol eye cream for crow's feet

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Age Reversal Eye Complex is an advanced, micro-encapsulated retinol that helps smooth away the signs of skin ageing around the eyes. It’s also formulated specifically for the delicate eye area, which is the thinnest skin on your face.

  • Retinol Microspheres target the signs of skin ageing
  • Reverses multiple signs of skin ageing around the delicate eye area
  • Delivers potent age-fighting actives deep into the skin

Best Retinol masque for dry, lacklusture skin

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MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque is an ultra-replenishing masque that helps rescue stressed, ageing skin. This masque is a go-to when skin needs an extra nutrient boost. Filled with powerful, concentrated vitamins A, C and E, and Linoleic Acid, it helps restore skin while enhancing barrier properties.

  • A great restorative masque for skin exposed to stress
  • Repairs daily damage triggered by free radicals
  • Remedy for photodamaged skin and skin ageing


Best Retinol exfoliant for dull skin

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MultiVitamin Thermafoliant is perfect for new retinol users and its a powerful skin polisher that combines physical and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture. Resurfacing micro-granules gently polish off dulling skin cells to reveal smoother, fresher skin immediately.

  • Polishes away dulling skin to reveal smoother, fresher skin
  • Thermal technology drives benefits further into skin
  • Brightens skin tone and defends against free radicals


Skin Supplements - Vitamin A for internal benefits

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For all skin types and ages

Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for skin. Skin Vit A+ is a staple skincare
supplement that helps with skin cell renewal, skin rejuvenation. Vitamin A contributes to the
maintenance of normal skin.

  • Builds healthy skin cells
  • Stimulates cell turnover
  • Increase protection against environmental attack
  • Plumps the skin
  • Stimulates blood circulation
  • Balances sebaceous glands
  • Stimulates collagen
  • Stimulates glycosaminoglycans
  • Protects and potentiates skins immunity
  • Balances melanin production (pigment control)


If you need any advice or assistance with retinol and which product will be best for you please reach out to us for advice.

About the Author

My name is Sarah and I am the founder of GLO Skin Body. With almost 20 years experience, I believe a professional relationship with your skin therapist is crucial in helping you to achieve your skin care goals and to ensure your skin is always looking and feeling its best. Whether it's in person or through our online support, Im here to guide and support you towards your healthiest skin ever.

On a personal note, I am a Mum of 3 so I understand completely the juggles and balancing of life and family commitments . My goal is to help everyone have an effective and enjoyable home care routine that gets you the results you want...no matter how busy you are!


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