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How to Introduce Retinol into Your Skincare Routine

How to Introduce Retinol into Your Skincare Routine

Introducing retinol into your skincare routine requires a thoughtful approach to ensure effectiveness while minimizing potential side effects.

What is retinol?

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A known for its ability to promote skin renewal, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and improve skin texture. It's commonly used to address signs of aging and acne.

Your step-by-step guide to introducing retinol

  • Start slowly: If you're new to retinol, begin with a low concentration to allow your skin to adjust gradually. esmi's retinol collection is ranked in levels - Level 1 being the lowest concentration of encapsulated retinol at 0.25% and Level 4 being the highest at 1.0%.  

  • Consider the concentration: Opt for a formulation suited to your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, consider a gentle formulation or consult with a dermatologist for recommendations.

  • Patch test: Before applying retinol to your entire face, perform a patch test on a small area of your skin, such as your forearm, to check for any adverse reactions or irritation.

  • Apply at night: Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so  apply it at night so it can work its magic while you slumber.

  • Take it easy: Don't go applying it every night. Start off using it once a week and build up your tolerance. Start by using it every other night or a few times a week to minimise irritation.

  • Cleanse your skin: Begin with a gentle cleanser to remove makeup, dirt and impurities from your skin before applying retinol.

  • Apply a pea-sized amount: A little goes a long way with retinol. Use a pea-sized amount for your entire face to avoid over-application, which can lead to irritation.

  • Moisturise: After applying retinol, follow up with a moisturizer to help hydrate and soothe your skin. Look for a non-comedogenic formula that won't clog pores.

  • Apply sunscreen: During the day, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin from UV damage. This is especially important when using retinol, as it can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun.

  • Be patient: Results from retinol may take time to appear, so be patient and consistent with your skincare routine. It can take several weeks to see improvements in skin texture and tone.

  • Monitor for irritation: Keep an eye out for signs of irritation such as redness, dryness, flakiness or peeling. If irritation occurs, reduce the frequency of retinol application or switch to a lower concentration.

  • Consult our skin service team: If you have concerns about incorporating retinol into your skincare routine or experience persistent irritation, chat to our our knowledgable and qualified skin consultants for personalised advice. Alternatively, you can book a skin consultation to evaluate your skin and provide you with a tailored skincare routine.

By following these steps, you can safely and effectively introduce retinol into your skincare routine and reap its benefits for healthier, more youthful-looking skin.