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Retinol Vitamin A Skincare Products Everything You Need To Know

Retinol is your Number One Wrinkle Fighter.

Anyone serious about ageing should have Retinol in their skincare routine. Retinol is the most important ingredient you can use if you are looking for a younger and brighter skin. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, so it comes from something natural. Retinol increases cell turnover, enabling your skin to rejuvenate and regenerate itself more quickly, this action triggers the production of collagen, so it is going to help with the smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin tone and texture, and has a reduction in blemishes, dark marks and age spots, so you get a younger looking skin as it regenerates quickly and that freshens the look of your complexion.

At what age should you start using Retinol?

It is never too early to start using Retinol as it is an ingredient that will prevent any concerns you have, from uneven skin tone, dark spots, breakouts or dullness, or it can be used as a great preventative ingredient, as it will keep your skin looking younger for years to come.

You can start using Vitamin A as early as your 20s. For those in their 20s looking to prevent signs of ageing and perhaps clear up the odd blemish, a low strength retinol, around 0.1% or 0.3%, would be preferable. You can then move on to a higher concentration when the results start to stall. Mature skin types in their 30s and 40s should still start on a low percentage, but they may wish to progress quickly to higher strengths in order to maximise results.

Can I use vitamin A if I have sensitive skin?

Vitamin A is suitable for all skin types but it can take some time getting used to, especially if you have sensitive skin. We recommend following a retinol ladder to allow your skin to get used to the ingredient. Start with a low strength retinol serum. For the first two weeks, use the serum twice a week. For the next two weeks, apply every other night. Then move onto nightly application. After a few months, you can then upgrade to higher strength retinol products.

Apply Retinol At Night.

Based on the chemistry of the ingredient, which causes a drying effect of oil glands, retinol can make skin sensitive to UV light, and potentially resulting in redness, so it is best to use it at night time, the bonus is that it will boost your beauty sleep while skin is in repair mode.

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Emielia Echeverri
Friday, October 18, 2019

Advanced Retinol And Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum 15mll

Dr Dennis Gross

This anti ageing eye serum contains ferulic acid and retinol to gently but powerfully reduce visible signs of ageing like crepiness, uneven texture and laxity.

£72.00 £64.00

Advanced Retinol And Ferulic Intense Wrinkle Cream 60ml

Dr Dennis Gross

A daily moisturiser suitable for normal, oily and combination skin types, to improve rough texture, fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful complexion.

£77.00 £69.00
Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum 30ml
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Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum 30ml


This fast acting 3.5% multi-retinoid helps reverse the appearance of wrinkles, retexturize skin and minimise the appearance of pores, and even skin tone.

£89.00 £76.00
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Age Intervention Retinol Plus 28g

Jan Marini

Concentrated retinol, peptides and antioxidants rapidly improve the appearance of skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage for younger, healthier looking skin.

£85.50 £73.00

Crystal Retinal 6 30ml


A stable retinal night serum with super strength 0.06% Vitamin A to firm, plump and resurface, increasing cellular turnover and enhancing collagen production, visibly minimising fine lines and wrinkles.

£69.00 £61.50

Intelligent Retinol 6TR 15ml


A lightweight face serum with 0.6% retinol to visibly diminish the signs of skin ageing at night time.

£45.00 £40.50