Retinol: How to Choose and Use the Right One for You
Using retinol as part of your skincare routine is as essential as applying SPF daily!

With so many options in skincare out there, it can be daunting to choose one that's right for you – and it can be even harder to keep at it for long-term results.

So, to ease your way into all things retinol, we asked the founders of The Secret, Dr Clara Hurst and Dr Deb Cohen-Jones, to share with us their best tips for using retinoids most effectively.

1. Start slowly

Start by applying your Vitamin A cream on alternating nights; that way, you can start to build up your skin's ability to tolerate the active ingredient. For the extra sensitive, you can even try every third night. At The Secret, the doctors base your usage on the details you provide in your consultation form to ensure seamless adjusting for the skin.

2. Apply onto clean, dry skin ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Retinoids are most effective at penetrating the skin when applied to clean, dry skin and not layered with other products. Layering retinoids with other products has the potential to cause a reaction on the skin.

3. Use only a pea-sized amount

The strong nature of the product means you do not need to use it much at all. Even though this may feel unnatural to those who love to slather on their night cream before bed, only a pea-sized amount of your retinoid cream should be used and is more than sufficient.

4. Use the right supporting products

As nightly use of your retinoid can induce an initial drying period to the skin, you want to ensure you support this process during the day. Using hydrating serums, moisturisers, and non-stripping cleansers will help immensely.

Now, it's time to share our favourite retinol-based products! Keep scrolling to find your new skincare ally in the fight against the signs of ageing.

Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum

50ml. RRP: $184

This powerful formula has a 6.5% solution of stabilised retinoid blends and botanical, retinol-alternative extracts into the skin designed to leave skin fresh, young, smooth, and visibly radiant. Oh, and we love its honey notes!

Buy here.

Suday Riley Retinal

Alpha-H Vitamin A

RRP: $82

A beautiful beginner-friendly formula, the Alpha-H Vitamin A contains 0.5% retinol so that anyone can get started with the anti-aging benefits of this golden ingredient. As well as being suitable for acne-prone skin concerns, the Alpha A retinol renews and exfoliates the skin.

Buy here.

Alpha-H Retinal Beauty

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum

60 Pieces. RRP: $155

Suppose you are new to the world of retinoids. In that case, this encapsulated retinol-ceramide serum is perfect as it's formulated with ceramics to balance things out, offering hydration-boosting results as well as leaving behind a youthful glow.

Buy here.

Eilzabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide

Skinstitut Expert Reveal Retinol Face Oil

RRP: $99

Another tremendous go-to for retinol newbies, this face oil is excellent for dry, normal, and combination skins as it corrects texture, tone, and clarity while kickstarting collagen production to soften those unwanted ageing signs. 

Buy here.

Skinsitute Retinol

Synergie Skin Ultimate A

RRP: $139

Worried that your skin might not tolerate retinoids if you have sensitive skin? This Synergie Vitamin A serum is ideally suited to even the most sensitive complexions with liposomal-stabilised retinol to regulate new cell production, control oil production, and reduce fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin. 

Buy here.

Synergie Skin Care Retinol Beauty

Jeuneora Renewing Booster

RRP: $58

This is a super soothing formula for all skin types, with a blend of aloe vera and nourishing, botanical lipids paired with advanced retinol. They are the star ingredients to combat the effects of environmentally induced skin damage and the visible signs of ageing. 

Buy here.

Jeaneora Renewing Booster Retinol Beauty

Ella Baché Retinol Night Treatment Serum

30ml. RRP: $141 

The Ella Baché treatment is formulated with 0.5% encapsulated retinol, giving your skin an instant anti-ageing and brightening boost. This powerful solution diminishes not only the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but also the appearance of skin imperfections such as sun damage, pigmentation, and refined enlarged pores.

Buy here.

Ella Bache Retinol

RoC Retinol Correxion Line Smoothing Eye Cream

RRP: $29.99

An eye treatment that has it all, this RoC eye cream addresses the three significant concerns around the eye area: puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. Thanks to the retinol, dark spots and pigmentation quickly fade away.

Buy here.

Rov Retinol Correction
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Retinol: How to Choose and Use the Right One for You