Get the most out of your retinol with these easy tips

Retinol is often hailed as a miracle worker for skin. And it can be - if you use it correctly. Here are our top tips for getting the best results.

Retinol is something you might already be using in your skincare routine. Or, it might be something you're considering dipping your toe into. One thing is for sure though, is that you'll at least have heard of its wondrous anti-aging abilities. Yes, retinoids (the umbrella term for Vitamin A derived products such as retinol) are definitely on the radar when it comes to keeping us young.

You might also have heard, though, that using retinol can ravage your skin before it makes it better. And that's really what we're talking about today. How to save your face from the dreaded crocodile skin. Here are some tips on how to use retinol without it totally wrecking your face.

Apply to Dry, Clean Skin

Many who use retinol will probably be mixing it in with their serum or moisturiser. But according to experts the best way for it to work is to be applied first on skin that is clean and dry. Dry, is the most important word there as apparently any moisture can interfere with how well the product works.


Then, wait for 15-20 minutes so it can sink in before applying moisturiser or any oils you'd normally use. Otherwise, you can run the risk of it becoming diluted and less effective.

Gently Does It

We all want to sandblast away our wrinkles as quickly as possible, so it is tempting to go hell for leather and opt for a prescription strength formula. But, according to dermatologists, the lower percentage formulas give the same results over time (usually two to three months) as the stronger ones.

So to avoid the flakes, redness and general irritation that most people associate with retinol, start with a very gentle formula. Keep up the routine, and you'll get there.

Always use SPF

We know, SPF is a must anyway. But we have to say, it is especially important to remember to use a good sun protection products during the day when you're using retinol at night.


Do you use retinol? Or are you still wary it'll cause redness and irritation?

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