Vitamin A creams or Retinol based skincare are the absolute rage at the minute. Unfortunately for my ageing skin, I just can't use it.
I have persevered, I have struggled through the dry patches and the redness. I have even continued to use Vitamin A creams despite the lumps and bumps that appear on my skin. Because honestly I really could see a difference in how smooth my skin was. I tend to judge products' age-fighting ability by how wrinkly my forehead looks - and it was looking smooth! Retinol products are amazing for combating signs of ageing and for skin health.
For most people, the results they see with these Retinol-rich skincare ranges are incredible. I have seen acne clear up, smoother skin, skin that is plumped and firm. I have seen even skin tone and radiance in abundance but not for my skin. But recently, I threw in the towel on Environ AVST and the NeoStrata Skin Active and NAG complex that I had been using.
So how do you know if you are having a reaction to Retinol?
You might have severe redness, a stinging sensation in your skin, lumps and bumps forming beneath the surface and excessive skin peeling. Now the problem is that most people will see some of these signs when they start a Retinol programme. Your skin will generally get a little worse before it gets much much better. And in most cases, your skincare expert will tell you to power through and persevere. They should be minor though and there should be minimal or no discomfort. If you are unsure if you are having a reaction to your creams we advise that you go back to your skincare therapist and ask them.
What should you do if your skin doesn't love Retinol?
Don't cry. Don't feel like the only person on the planet being left out of the Retinol revolution. You can still incorporate Vitamin A into your daily routine. Firstly, try to get more Vitamin A from your diet. You will get Vitamin A from fish oils, dark leafy greens like spinach, vegetables that are yellow and orange in colour like carrots, sweet potato and yellow peppers.
Secondly, you can turn to Vitamin C face creams. Vitamin C will even out skin tone and reduce redness and sensitivity. It is hydrating and brightening. Like Retinol, Vitamin C promotes collagen production to keep your skin looking younger. The other option is to turn to a more natural skincare range. Natural skincare ranges will use less chemical ingredients. Many will use 100% natural plant-based ingredients and can be a great choice for people with dry or sensitive skin.
Have you tried out Retinol skincare yet? What results have you seen in your skin?