Retinol strengths and percentages
Retinol comes in a variety of percentage points but it's the pure retinol content that matters. At SkinCeuticals we advise starting with a low pure retinol percentage of 0.3% on the face as this allows the skin to become accustomed to the product. 0.3% is the lowest SkinCeuticals retinol, targeting fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration through its controlled delivery system of encapsulating pure retinol and moisturising factors. The 0.3% night cream is ideal for those trying retinol for the first time and are a little nervous at how their skin will react.
How to use retinol
Retinol should be applied sparingly in the evening only to limit sensitivity and photosensitivity, and only used once or twice a week to begin with- allowing your skin time to adjust. Dot a pea-sized amount onto your finger and gently massage it into clean, dry skin. Take care not to apply too much product while also avoiding the delicate eye area as both can cause irritation. Do not apply alongside Vitamin-C products (typically applied in the morning) and do ensure to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen daily whilst using retinol. Want to try retinol on your neck? Tripeptide R-Neck repair contains a neck specific dose of retinol (0.2%), a slightly reduced dose to allow for the more sensitised skin on the neck.
Increasing the strength of retinol
Once your skin is used to receiving retinol, you can think about either increasing the strength of retinol you use or applying your current % more frequently. Before switching to a higher strength, make sure you have increased the application frequency of the existing retinol product you are using – this will ensure your skin is ready for a higher strength. SkinCeuticals retinol products come in three strengths: 0.3%, 0.5%, and 1% allowing you to gradually maintain and improve your results over time. Higher strengths of retinol are available but can only be purchased in clinic after consultation with a professional.
Why retinol should always be used alongside sunscreen
The next morning, you should always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen as retinol will have left your skin more sensitive to UV. SkinCeuticals has a range of lightweight and effective sunscreens that protect the skin from UV and free-radical damage while leaving it feeling soft and hydrated all day. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen such as SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50, Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 or Advanced Brightening UV Defense SPF 50 every morning.
Please note, do not use Tripeptide-R-Neck repair in in association with other products containing retinol or retinoids.