If you’re looking for the best anti-aging skin care, look no further than retinoids. Our skin experts discuss what you need to know below 👇
Retinol & Tretinoin
You’ve likely heard about retinoid products before for their age-defying qualities. There are several retinoid types, and our favorites are retinol and tretinoin.
Retinoids neutralize environmental factors that can cause collagen damage. They can help preserve and even boost your skin’s collagen production.
You can find retinol in over-the-counter products. This product has a learning curve for most people, however. Retinol comes in a variety of strengths, so your skin will need to build up a tolerance. You might also choose your retinol based on your individual skin type, especially if you have sensitive skin. If the retinol still feels too strong on your skin, you can try layering it over your moisturizer for some barrier.
For your first few months, you can use a retinol while your skin adapts.
After using retinol for a few months, you can graduate to a prescription Retin-A (Tretinoin), which is a stronger retinoid 🎓 Some people choose to upgrade to tretinoin after they stop seeing results from retinol.
Tretinoin is the most powerful retinoid; you can only get it with a prescription.
A learning curve for retinoids
When you first begin a retinol and/or tretinoin, some light flaking and peeling is normal. This is known as a “purging” stage. Some breakouts may come to the surface and certain spots may peel.
You shouldn’t get extreme redness, inflammation, or burning. This means you might have used too much product too often.
The purging stage may last for a few weeks since your skin hasn’t built up a tolerance yet. You can start slow by using every 2 to 3 nights at first, to eventually using every night or every other night.
Note: If your skin feels sensitive and uncomfortable with these products for weeks on end, you may be retinoid resistant.
The importance of sunscreen
If you’re serious about caring for your skin, sunscreen is non-negotiable ❤️
This is especially true if you plan on using retinoids. While these products have collagen-boosting benefits, they also make your skin more sun-sensitive. It’s important to find a daily SPF you love and use it every day.
We’ll save you the long lecture, but this is your reminder: daily sunscreen protects your skin from skin cancer, sun spots, discoloration, premature aging, and so much more. It is one of the best products for anti-aging skin care.
Come to Renew Aesthetics for anti-aging skin care in Rogers!
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