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Everything You Need To Know About Retinol

We’ve created a fool-proof list of retinol products we love and we’re sorting out fact from fiction along the way.

Updated February 11, 2020 by Amanda Dixon

Everything You Need To Know About Retinol

There’s a lot of noise when it comes to the dos and don’ts of retinol. If some of these stories have kept you from incorporating this powerful skincare ingredient into your routine—you’re not alone. Simply put, retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. When stabilized, retinol products work to improve skin's appearance, restoring texture and tone for younger-looking skin.

As we age, skin renewal begins to slow. Retinol gives this renewal process a boost by increasing cellular turnover and improving collagen production. With regular use, retinol diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces dark spots and discoloration, and leaves skin visibly radiant. Still, there are a lot of myths surrounding retinol. So, what’s the real story? We’ve created a fool-proof list of retinol products we love and we’re sorting out fact from fiction along the way.

Your PM Retinol Routine

Probably the biggest myth surrounding retinol is that it increases the risk of sunburn. In fact, studies show that topical retinol skincare products do not increase your risk of sunburn (retinol or no retinol—you should always wear sunscreen). However, retinol may cause minor skin irritation when you begin using it—that’s normal. We recommend easing it into your skincare routine using it every other day until your skin adjusts.

Peter Thomas Roth

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum provides all the benefits of retinol along with nourishing vitamin E and C to ensure minimal irritation. The silky serum works to regenerate surface skin cells and renew texture while you sleep. You’ll wake up to smoother, radiant looking skin day after day.

Daily Dose of Retinol

Now that we’ve established it’s okay to use retinol during the day, you have even more options for adding this skincare ingredient to your beauty routine. One of our favorite retinol-infused moisturizers is Verso Day Cream. This lightweight cream contains Verso’s patented retinol 8 complex for advanced skin renewal. Nourishing vitamin B3 improves elasticity and luminosity for smooth, vibrant skin.

Verso Day Cream

When using a retinol day cream always apply these products first for the very best results. Despite rumors, retinol is safe for all skin types (yep, it’s true) and can be used safely with a variety of other skincare products as well as makeup. However, steer clear of mixing retinol with prescription strength skincare treatments or acne treatments to avoid irritation.

A Spa-Worthy Retinol Peel

Retinol is a key ingredient in many skin-restoring facials and peels to restore that coveted youthful glow. And luckily, there’s a way to get spa-quality results from the comfort of home. Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel features a dual process formula to firm and exfoliate skin while providing essential hydration for smoothness and comfort.

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel

As we mentioned above, retinol can be used with other powerful skincare ingredients to maximize effectiveness and restore balance. One of these skin-loving ingredients is hyaluronic acid (you can read all about it here). This unique peel contains ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid as well as green tea extract and antioxidants to moisturize and soothe skin. Skin feels soft, retexturized, and firm—no appointment, no recovery time.

Retinol for Beautiful Eyes

We always say—we’re not anti-aging, we’re anti-wrinkle. And the wrinkles we reallywant to banish for good are those pesky fine lines around our eyes. If you’re thinking there’s a one-size-fits-all retinol, think again. ARCONA Eye Dew Plus is specifically formulated to target the delicate skin around the eyes. Along with powerful retinol, this concentrated formula utilizes advanced actives Dermaxyl and Cavamax along with brightening vitamin C to leave eyes regenerated and younger looking. And like all retinol skincare solutions, the benefits continue to get better with time.


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