There have been decades of research done to test the potency of Vitamin A derivatives in relation to skincare. However, there remains a degree of confusion surrounding the use of Retinol, which primarily steams from the abundance of misinformed sources spread and lack of education on how to use this ingredient safely and effectively. In order to better inform you with facts, here are some answers for common questions that arise.
What is Retinol and what is so special about it?
Retinol is the chemical name for a derivative or form of Vitamin A. It is a much talked about powerhouse ingredient, whose benefits include reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boosting collagen production, reducing sebum production which can help improve acne, promoting cellular turnover, refining skin texture, reducing the appearance of pigmentation, evening skin tone and improving skin’s strength, elasticity and firmness.
How does this fit into my nightly skin routine?
Retinol, as well as other retinoids, can feasibly heighten sun sensitivity, it is advised to use retinol-based products at night or in the day in conjunction with SPF. Depending on the type of formulation- whether a serum, cream or oil- will determine where this ingredient is used in your routine. MZ Skin Retinol Skin Booster is an oil-based retinol, which is recommended to use it as the final step, after applying night moisturiser. Oils should always be the last type of skincare used. Anything else placed on top will not penetrate the oil. The Retinol Skin Booster has been formulated in an oil to help hydrate the skin while delivering a potent 2% of retinol to improve skin texture, tone, improve the signs of photo-ageing (pigmentation), promoting collagen production and decreasing sebum. Skin may be slightly more sensitive to the sun and it is recommended to use a broad daily spectrum sun protection with a factor of 30 or greater (even when cloudy!). We recommend that you use our Tint & Protect SPF 30 Tinted Moisturiser or the Hydrate & Nourish SPF 30 Age Defence Cream with full spectrum UVA, UVB and blue light protection.
I’m in my 20s. Am I too young to start using a retinol?
Retinols can be used at any age from adolescence. However, younger users with minimal skin concerns may use retinol in lower concentrations or less frequently. For acne prone skin, retinol helps reduce sebum production, helping reduce breakouts, and improves skin texture. In all users, increases skin cell turn over, evens skin tone and minimises pigmentation.
Can I use on other areas of my body if I suffer with pigmentation & age spots there too?
Yes absolutely, simply increase to 2 pipettes for the décolletage and 3 for arms, shoulders and hands.
Last time I tried a retinol my skin got so irritated. How can I avoid that happening again?
First-time users often experience dry, irritated and flaky skin – a reaction that appears when either too much is used, or the retinol is used too often. It is normal to observe mild redness and flakiness. However, we do recommend when starting with Retinol, that you begin using twice a week and increase to nightly once skin is acclimated over the course of a few weeks. Other side effects of retinol use include dryness, tightness, and peeling. Using less of the product initially can also help offset or minimize potential reactions. Once acclimated, apply 1 pipette nightly to treat face, eye contour and neck. For younger skin, ½ a pipette can also be effective.
Is it suitable for all skin types?
It is best to avoid retinol with conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Alternatively, we recommend MZ Rest & Revive Restorative Placenta & Stem Cell Night Serum for sensitive skin types to detoxify, strengthen and repair the skin during its nightly rejuvenation.
Are there any use restrictions?
Retinol is not suitable for those who are pregnant or breast feeding and with certain skin conditions. If in doubt, it is best to seek advice from a medical professional.