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You may have seen retinol lauded as "the golden standard of anti-aging skin care." This vitamin A derivative promotes skin cell turnover — a process that slows down as we age — and provides many more benefits than filling in wrinkles. Most retinol users start in their early 30s, although people recently started using it in their mid-20s.

Retinol is best used at night, as it can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Sunlight may also decrease its effectiveness as a product. Make sure you talk to your dermatologist before you start using retinol so they can help you choose the best form for your complexion.

Types of Retinol

Although you'll most commonly find it in serums, you can find retinol in all kinds of products. People with dry skin should look into hydrating products with retinol, like moisturizers and creams, while people with oily skin could start with a gel or spray. Serums and lotions are great for combination skin. When exploring retinol products, the ingredients may refer to it as:\

  • Retinoids.
  • Retinol ester.
  • Adapalene.
  • Retinaldehyde or retinal.
  • Retin-A or tretinoin.
  • Tazarotene.

These are different strengths and formulations of vitamin A, the strongest of which are Retin-A and tazarotene, which you can usually only find in prescriptions. Any retinol you use can dry out or irritate your skin. Most dermatologists suggest trying it once or twice a week and slowly building up your tolerance. Eventually, you can use retinol every night if your skin can tolerate it.

Benefits of Retinol

The primary benefit of retinol is that it boosts collagen production, which causes all the other benefits. Collagen is essential in keeping your skin looking young and healthy. Retinol can:

  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Fight acne.
  • Brighten and even skin tone.
  • Reverse signs of sun damage.

To get the most out of your product, use a pea-sized amount on your face, dabbing it around your skin before rubbing it in for even distribution. You can use another pea-sized amount on your neck area if you want.

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