If you're seriously into skincare – chances are a retinol product (or two) are sitting on your countertop.
A derivative of Vitamin A, retinol is the gold standard for truly stimulating collagen production. Products containing retinol claim to plump fine lines, erase wrinkles, deliver smoother texture and even enhance your natural glow. Of course you stocked up on every product containing retinol you could find…right?
It can be easy to do. Many skincare brands are introducing products like moisturizers, creams, gels and serums formulated with low levels of retinol – and many skincare enthusiasts are experiencing adverse effects as a result.
Even further – traditional products containing retinol can be quite aggressive for sensitive skin types, and even cause skin to peel, inflame and become excessively dry after use. So what gives?
For Dermatologist Tina Alster, the secret is Microdosing.
Less, truly can be more when it comes to retinol. “Microdosing” is a technique used to consistently introduce skin to low levels of an ingredient, to both condition the body and gradually achieve results – without causing irritation.
Why Microdose with Retinol?
Active ingredients like retinol can potentially cause irritation and excess inflammation for certain skin types (especially those who have not used retinol before), so starting at lower concentrations can help lessen irritation, while building skin’s tolerance to higher concentrations.
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It’s important to note microdosing may and most likely will take longer to elicit a desired result. However, microdosing is still the best option for those with sensitive skin, or those new to active ingredients like retinol. While it can be tempting to purchase products with higher levels of active ingredients, starting with a lower concentration (and building slowly) can be the difference between experiencing irritation and enjoying your skincare products.
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What are the benefits of Retinol?
Retinol is packed with anti-aging benefits. It stimulates the production of new skin cells, renewing a more youthful skin appearance, and is even used to treat and mitigate mild acne conditions. Mainly, retinol will help reduce the appearance of fine lines, and even help balance uneven skin texture with consistent use.
• Strengthens the skin and reduces sensitivity
• Reduces appearance of large pores
• Balances uneven skin pigmentation
• Brightens areas of darker skin
• Tightens and “lifts” skin for a more youthful look
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