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June 10, 2020

What You Need to Know About Retinol

Everyone wants great skin, and even during this year’s COVID isolation, home skincare was on the rise.

Consumers have been loving retinol in particular – this powerhouse ingredient is in such high demand that there’s still a three-week wait for some retinol brands!

We decided to talk to our expert beauty guest Staci Urban about the powers of retinol, getting the answers to some common questions about the beloved ingredient. It’s renowned for its ability to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles while maintaining that healthy glow, which is why we all look so great after months of isolation!

1. WHAT IS RETINOL?

Basically, retinol – alongside other retinoids, such as retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate – is actually a derivative of vitamin A, an essential nutrient found in our bodies and known for boosting cell turnover.

2. WHAT ARE SOME COMMON SKIN ISSUES THAT A RETINOL CREAM CAN HELP MANAGE?

Ageing, pigmentation, acne and problematic skin conditions, open pores, and uneven skin tone and texture are all helped with the use of retinol.

3. CAN PEOPLE WITH SENSITIVE SKIN USING RETINOL?

Yes, they can; however, it’s important to make sure you’re prescribed the appropriate retinol for your skin type. I always recommend seeking professional advice from a skin therapist or dermatologist to make sure you’re taking care of your skin while getting the best results.

4. WHEN SHOULDN’T WE USE RETINOL?

Retinol treatments should be avoided during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, as well as when the skin is compromised – but again, this is definitely something to check in with a dermatologist about.

5. WHAT SHOULD WE CONSIDER WHEN ADDING A RETINOL PRODUCT TO OUR SKINCARE ROUTINES?

Above all, you should pay attention to the form of retinol used. The right type of retinol should be prescribed for the specific needs of the individual’s skin and this can depend on many different factors, like their age, skin type, whether they’re taking prescribed medication, etc. Once again, always consult a professional skin clinician or dermatologist to achieve optimum results.

Using a good SPF every day is also crucial while using retinol (and even when you’re not!), as it may increase your skin’s sun sensitivity.  

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So, there you have it! All the facts about retinol from our guest beauty expert, to whom we put one more question – as an expert in the field, what retinol treatments do you recommend? Read on for Staci’s top retinol choices, and always remember to consult a dermatologist or skin clinician when you want to start using retinol!

1. Dermaquest Retinoldehyde Renewal Cream

This is a game-changer for people with sensitive skin who aren’t able to use traditional retinol – think rosacea skins, sensitive skins, and first-time vitamin users. With this cream, you get all the benefits of retinol without the need for a slow introduction and possible irritation. It exfoliates, lightens and brightens skin tone, and refines skin texture while keeping skin hydrated using the vitamin A derivative retinoldehyde.


2. Cosmedix Refine

This retinol works wonders on open pores and problematic, oily, pigmented, or ageing skin. Using Cosmedix’s AGP complex, the retinol is chirally correct and micro-encapsulated, providing the delivery of powerful ingredients while maintaining hydration via essential oils.


3. Skinbetter Science Alpharet Overnight Cream

This powerhouse product utilises a combination of AHAs (glycolic acid), peptides, and retinol. This is the one for you if you are looking to step up your retinol game to further target pigment and refine pores. It targets the skin matrix via messenger peptides to say goodbye to lines and wrinkles, smoothing them out and keeping the skin looking healthy.


4. The Ordinary Retinol Serum

This retinol treatment is well-priced and a vegan product that delivers excellent results, giving your skin a glowing, youthful appearance while still addressing the initial signs of ageing.

SO, WHO IS OUR GUEST BEAUTY EXPERT?

Staci is a senior skin therapist at an award-winning Melbourne facial clinic, and here at C&C, we can vouch that she's the ultimate queen of skin. There isn't a skin issue she hasn't tackled, making her one of the most sought-after therapists in Melbourne. When Staci isn't tending to her clients (and me), she can be found with a G&T in hand, planning her next weekend getaway!

HAVE A BEAUTY QUESTION? ASK STACI BY EMAILING US AT HELLO@CASPERANDCASPER.COM.AU
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