What is retinol?
Retinol is a topical derivative of vitamin A that exfoliates the skin, regenerates cell production, and boosts collagen over a matter of hours. Boasting both anti-ageing and acne-reducing superpowers, this multi-tasking saviour will also help your skin to better absorb any other products you apply afterwards (meaning more bang for your buck with follow-up serums, night creams or overnight masks). Nice one, retinol.
Why should I use it?
If tackling acne and scarring is high on your skincare agenda, retinol speeds up cell turnover in order to help heal the skin, while exfoliating the outer layers, preventing pores from clogging and reducing breakouts. Anti-ageing more of an issue? Retinol helps with that, too – it stimulates collagen and blood vessel production, helping to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation spots.
How do I use it?
As sunlight is to retinol what kryptonite is to Superman, retinol should only be used during your night-time routine, a couple of times a week (increasing to every other day, if needed, once acclimatised). Start by applying a pea-size amount all over the face, followed by a nourishing moisturiser. Lastly, remember to use an SPF come morning as retinol can harshen the impact of UV on your skin. The effects of retinol build over time and take roughly three months to work, so keep the faith if you don’t notice results straight away.
While the powers of retinol are undeniable, if you’ve got a sensitive skin type, keep an eye out for any irritation. While some dryness and/or redness is normal initially, if this persists and causes discomfort then it might not be for you. Plus, be careful when layering up skincare – never use a retinol in combination with other exfoliants like glycolic acid.
The Ordinary's 0.2% Retinol in Squalane
Retinoids are known for their age-defying benefits and The Ordinary adds to its ever-growing portfolio with Retinol 0.2% in Squalane. The lower-strength, water-free solution is formulated with 0.2% pure retinol to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, photo damage and other signs of ageing
Retinol 0.2% in Squalane a lightweight serum with a low concentration of retinol in a squalane base.
Why It’s Special
This treatment visibly reduces the signs of aging. It diminishes the look of wrinkles and fine lines, brightens dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and smooths and refines the skin’s texture.
- Retinol: a well-researched retinoid with powerful anti-aging benefits
- Squalane: a plant-derived emollient ingredient that offers lightweight hydration
How to Use
Apply a small amount at night before oils, moisturizers, and creams. Do not use this serum with other products containing retinoids, such as retinoic acid. Retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to UV radiation. We recommend wearing sunscreen during the day. If irritation occurs, this product can be diluted to reduce its strength.
- Size: 30 ml