Retinol is considered slightly aggressive beauty ingredient that is tricky to handle. However, it is inevitable to pair multiple products in a proper skincare routine. Let’s try to know about different skincare products that are safe to be paired with retinol.
Retinol is a popular anti-aging ingredient that is recommended by experts. It improves skin turnover, helps to get rid of dead skin cells, and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. However, it tends to cause dryness. That’s why experts usually recommend pairing retinol with moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, etc. Moreover, it is well-known that retinol increases sun sensitivity. That’s why it is recommended that, especially with retinol, one must use sunscreen regularly. So an SPF product is also safe to use with retinol.
Retinol is an acid therefore, it is recommended to not pair retinol with other acid containing beauty ingredients such as AHAs and BHAs. The reason is that this will aggravate acid action on the skin, causing more dry and susceptible skin. Although vitamin C is also acid, it is safe to be used with retinol but should be mixed together. Moreover, retinol should not be paired with benzoyl peroxide as both these products cancel out each other’s action.
About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Lahore, Pakistan. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.
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