5 Tips Before You Start Using Retinol

4. Strip out irritating products 

When you first start using retinol, be more mindful of the other skincare products that you are using. Try to minimise the use of acids and peels on the nights you are using your retinol product; and avoid exfoliating the next day. 

Retinol increases the frequency of your skin cell turnover. As the dead skin cells shed, new and healthier cells are exposed, but more prematurely than they would normally have. As a result, you might see redness, discolouration, and irritation in the first 24 hours of using retinol. This is known as irritation contact dermatitis, or retinol burn.

It’s really very common (I had it), but you just don’t want to overdo it. As your skin becomes a little more used to retinol, your sensitivity will decrease. 

You can, however, pair nighttime retinol with a daytime salicylic acid (there’s 2% salicylic acid in the Geologie Bergamot Cedar Exfoliating Cleanser) which can greatly help to fight acne.  

5. Use an SPF

This is an important one! Ignore this at your peril.

When I first used a retinol product, the next day I really burned my face because I didn’t wear an SPF.

Retinoids make your skin even more sensitive than usual, causing sunburn or skin discolourisation. To avoid this, make sure you’re using an SPF (at least SPF 30) as your final skincare step.

Robin James

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