It’s never too early to start preventing fine lines and wrinkles, and if there’s a single best way to do that, it would be adding retinol into your skincare routine. Aside from staying hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet, effective skincare ingredients play an integral role in the condition and quality of your skin as you get older and that’s where retinol comes in.
If you’re new to retinol, the main thing you need to know is that it’s derived from Vitamin A, which helps diminish wrinkles, improves uneven skin tone, and smooths out the surface of the skin.
And it’s often recommended by dermatologists to help clear up acne. The only caveat is that retinol can cause redness, dryness, and even flaking, but you can minimize these effects by slowy introducing the ingredient into your skincare routine.
As promised, I’ve been testing the new Olay Regenerist Retinol24 line for the past two weeks and wanted to share the final verdict. If you’re ready to whip your skin into shape, keep scrolling for my tips on how to add retinol into your skincare routine – and an honest review.
Start with a small amount or opt for a gentle formula
If you’re new to retinol, it’s a good idea to start adding it to your skincare routine at least once a week, and then increasing that amount as you build tolerance to it. The other option is to opt for a non-irritating formula like the Olay Regenerist Retinol24 products. I had a love-hate relationship with retinol for the longest time, because although I knew it can do wonders for the skin, I hated waking up to dry, flaky patches. I was super impressed with the Olay Retinol24 products because, even after the first night, I experienced virtually no irritation yet younger and radiant looking skin within days.
Pick the right product for your lifestyle and skincare needs
Retinol comes in many forms from moisturizers to serums and eye creams to masks. My preference is a serum since it’s known to deliver a potent shot of retinol directly into the skin. I’ve been using the Olay Retinol24 Night Serum every night for the past two weeks and have noticed visible improvements in my facial lines, smoothness, brightness, and pores.
I’ll usually start my evening skincare routine with a gentle cleanse, then I’ll tone and apply an AHA/BHA solution. Immediately after, I’ll layer on the Olay Retinol24 serum – I love how the milky texture doesn’t feel greasy at all and absorbs rather quickly. If I’m in the mood for extra pampering, I’ll layer in other serums, but it’s not necessary. Then, I’ll seal it with an eye cream followed by a night cream.
Overall, I found the serum to be super light and effective no matter what skin type you have – and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to introduce retinol into their nightly regimen. It’s typically best to combine your retinol with other products that contains skin-repairing ingredients like antioxidants and niacinamide. Fortunately, the Olay Retinol24 serum is blended with niacinamide and amino peptides that help nourish the skin throughout an entire day. It’s super affordable too, so you really can’t go wrong.
Remember to wear sunscreen daily
Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun and bring out pigmentation. So, remember to apply retinol at night only and to wear sunscreen daily.
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