What’s the difference between retinol and retinoids? Retinoid is the umbrella term for any synthetic vitamin A. Retinol is a type of retinoid that’s gentler, yet highly effective, in combatting signs of aging.
What is retinol? It’s a form of synthetic vitamin A that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and signs of aging. Visit our facial retinol cream and retinol serum pages for the full product list!
How does it work exactly? Retinol supports healthy cell turnover to refine skin, boost radiance, and target signs of aging.
When should I start using retinol? Many people start using retinol at the first signs of aging. That said, if you’re in your early to mid-twenties, retinol serums can be a great, twice-a-week addition to your routine.
How do I use it? It’s recommended for nightly use. To start off, work it into your routine a few nights a week to see how your skin tolerates it. See what retinol cream and retinol serum products you can add to your skincare routine!
What should I pair it with? Sunscreen is always a must, but that’s especially true when retinol’s a part of your routine.
Anything I shouldn’t pair it with? Avoid using retinol and an AHA at the same time since both are potent ingredients. Try alternating between retinol creams and AHA creams—you’ll get the benefits (an AHA sloughs off dead cells to reveal a fresh glow) without irritating your skin.
What are the potential side effects? Should I be worried? Retinol isn’t scary—just be sure to follow each product’s directions and start slow.
Is retinol safe to use while pregnant? If you’re expecting or think you might be pregnant, check with your doctor before using retinol.
Know your limits. Start with a lower concentration, and go easy with the amount and frequency, then gradually increase application.
Wear sunscreen regularly. A routine with retinol makes SPF extra essential.
Exfoliate. Get rid of dead-skin buildup with ingredients like AHAs. Just be sure to alternate with your retinol to avoid increased irritation.
Follow up with a moisturizer. Your skin may feel drier, so you’ll want to rehydrate and moisturize as necessary.
Be careful with waxing. Talk to your dermatologist before doing any facial waxing because your skin may be more sensitive.