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THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN E FOR THE SKIN As with most vitamins, we know they are good for us and we may even know that vitamin E is an antioxidant which helps to maintain healthy skin, but do we understand why? retinol


Pure retinol cream formulations can be used as part of an evidenced-based skincare regimen to help to improve the visible effects of photoageing. A form of vitamin A, retinol is one of the most widely researched and proven skincare ingredients available today. Retinol is a potent ingredient that helps promote cell turnover to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and blemishes. Formulated with pure retinol and bisabolol (derived from chamomile), SkinCeuticals retinol creams are designed to ensure efficacy while minimising irritation commonly associated with the use of retinol creams.

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Retinol strengths and percentages

Retinol comes in a variety of percentage points but it’s the pure retinol content that matters. At SkinCeuticals we advise starting with a low pure retinol percentage of 0.3% on the face as this allows the skin to become accustomed to the product. 0.3% is the lowest SkinCeuticals retinol, targeting fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration through its controlled delivery system of encapsulating pure retinol and moisturising factors. The 0.3% night cream is ideal for those trying retinol for the first time and are a little nervous at how their skin will react.

How to use retinol

Retinol should be applied sparingly in the evening only to limit sensitivity and photosensitivity, and only used once or twice a week to begin with- allowing your skin time to adjust. Dot a pea-sized amount onto your finger and gently massage it into clean, dry skin. Take care not to apply too much product while also avoiding the delicate eye area as both can cause irritation. Do not apply alongside Vitamin-C products (typically applied in the morning) and do ensure to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen daily whilst using retinol. Want to try retinol on your neck? Tripeptide R-Neck repair contains a neck specific dose of retinol (0.2%), a slightly reduced dose to allow for the more sensitised skin on the neck.

Increasing the strength of retinol

Once your skin is used to receiving retinol, you can think about either increasing the strength of retinol you use or applying your current % more frequently. Before switching to a higher strength, make sure you have increased the application frequency of the existing retinol product you are using – this will ensure your skin is ready for a higher strength. SkinCeuticals retinol products come in three strengths: 0.3%, 0.5%, and 1% allowing you to gradually maintain and improve your results over time. Higher strengths of retinol are available but can only be purchased in clinic after consultation with a professional.

Why retinol should always be used alongside sunscreen The next morning, you should always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen as retinol will have left your skin more sensitive to UV. SkinCeuticals has a range of lightweight and effective sunscreens that protect the skin from UV and free-radical damage while leaving it feeling soft and hydrated all day. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen such as SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50, Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 or 50

How does retinol benefit my skin?

With age, skin’s natural cell turnover decreases resulting in dull, uneven skin tone and rough skin texture. Topical retinol creams help promote turnover of surface cells, which means dead skin cells are sloughed away faster, revealing visibly healthier and brighter skin. Similarly, retinol’s exfoliation mechanism helps improve the appearance of blemishes by preventing dead skin cells from clogging pores.

Purity is essential for retinol efficacy in skin, as pure retinol most easily converts to retinoic acid in skin. Always look for high concentration of pure retinol vs. retinol derivatives such as retinyl palmitate. SkinCeuticals uses pure, high concentrations of retinol enhanced with stabilization technology to ensure maximum conversion and efficacy.

Can I use retinol in the sun?

Pure retinol acts as a strong exfoliant, which can render skin sensitive to sun and UV damage. Therefore, it is recommended that retinol be applied in the evening and always be used in conjunction with a high broad spectrum sunscreen during the day. Many skincare professionals do not recommend retinol use during peak summer months.

Additionally, research shows that some retinol formulations can breakdown quickly if not in proper protective packaging. SkinCeuticals retinol creams are packaged to ensure stability and protection of the product potency.

How to use retinol?

In the evening after cleansing and toning, apply a pea-sized amount to the tips of the fingers. Using too much retinol can irritate the skin. Dab the product onto your face, avoiding the eye area and massage firmly until it has absorbed into skin. For optimal results, allow for absorption before applying other skincare products. Limit initial use to once or twice a week, gradually increasing frequency to nightly as tolerated.

Due to the high concentration of pure retinol in SkinCeuticals products, use a retinol cream only at night to limit photosensitivity and irritation. Always apply a broad spectrum sunscreen during the day when using this product.

When to avoid retinol?

Due to its exfoliating mechanism of action, topical retinol creams may increase skin sensitivity and potential for irritation, especially when used with certain medications or in-office treatments such as chemical peels. As retinol creams can increase photosensitivity, extensive periods of sun exposure are not encouraged. It is especially important to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen 50

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