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Guide on how to use retinol for beginners

Are thinking to add retinol to your skin care routine? Wait a little before adding it to your shopping cart as retinol can sometime burn your skin if used without precaution. 

Everything requires time and some warming up and same goes for skincare. Your skin needs to do some stretching before it can get friendly with retinol.

Below are a few steps you could follow to get your skin familiar with it.

Step 1: Observe how your skin responds to new skincare products

Is it resilient enough that you don’t get any irritation? Or is it sensitive that you easily complain of a burn even with the tiniest amount of product?

Step 2: Pick a medium

Is your skin dry, combination, or oily? If you’re more on the dehydrated side of the spectrum, opt for creams and lotions that can also provide moisture to the skin and if you’re on the oily side of the spectrum, go for the gel types to avoid any further clogging of your pores.

Step 3: Apply with TLC

Instead of slathering copious amounts of retinol, take it easy on your skin and limit it to a pea-sized amount. 

If your skin is resilient, start applying every other night for the first 2-4 weeks. If your skin is very sensitive, try following the short contact method — leave on the retinol for 30-60 minutes and then wash it off. You can do this every other night for the first 2 weeks. 

Make sure to use a non-irritating cleanser to avoid potential irritation. Remember, sunscreen is a must!

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Dr. Elli Reyes
Dr. Ellie Reyes

About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.

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