Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is one of the most established skincare ingredients for keeping skin youthful and bright. As well as preventing and minimising fine lines, it can also help keep skin firm, even skin tone and smooth the appearance of large pores.
However, it’s important to pick the right retinol product for your skin type as it can irritate sensitive skin when it is first introduced. As Vitamin A stimulates the turnover of new skin cells, sensitive skin types often need to build up tolerance to it over time.
Use Vitamin A (retinol) for…
• Preventing and minimising fine lines
• Evening skin tone
• Increasing firmness of skin
• Brightening the complexion
• Healing acne and acne scarring
Where can I use Vitamin A in my skincare routine?
Lots of people prefer to use skincare products containing Vitamin A at night — this is because retinol increases sensitivity to sunlight. So, it’s fine to use these products in your morning routine as long as you finish with a broad spectrum sunscreen, but many prefer to just keep it to their evening regimen to be safe.
Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, you can use retinol every night or a few times per week. Using it every second or third night will still give you benefits.
There is a big variety of skincare products containing retinol on the market, all for different skin types. You can introduce retinol into your routine with a serum-type product, a cream, or even in a moisturiser.
If you’re looking for concentrated effects of the active, serums are usually strongest. But, if your skin is more sensitive or dry, a moisturising cream could be a great way to bring Vitamin A into your skincare.
What to look for on product labels…
One of the most important things to look for in a retinol product is the percentage of Vitamin A, as this tells you the strength of the formula.
Even 0.01% of retinol can have an effect, so no need to miss out on the vitamin A benefits if you’ve got sensitive skin. If your skin is more sturdy, you can try up to 0.1% or even 0.5% retinol products.
Just read the skin type details of the formula and pick one that suits you to get the benefits of this great ingredient.