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Retinol is one of the most popular skincare ingredients – especially recently!

If you are a skincare enthusiast and you actively keep up with all the trends, then you’ve seen your favorite skincare influencer showing off at least one retinoid/retinol product.

So, is the hype worth it?

Here are a few myths about retinol that we’re going to debunk.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a fat-soluble vitamin in the Vitamin A  family. We’ve talked about a few of its benefits including anti-aging, acne support, and skin rejuvenation(something we know a little bit about).

Retinol can be bought as a product or can be found as an ingredient in some of the most popular beauty products in the market today.

Myth 1. Retinoid Thins The Skin

There is some truth to this myth, however, it only thins the topmost layer of the skin. This layer is made up of dead cells.

While it does thin this layer, retinol is great for strengthening your skin by stimulating collagen production.

If you want to fight signs of aging, increasing your collagen production is the best way to get your skin firmer and smoother.

Myth 2. You’ll See Results Quickly

Although I do wish this was true – it’s not!????

Like with most skincare products it takes months of consistent use before you can truly see the positive effects.

It can take up to 6 months of consistent retinol use before you do see any of its amazing benefits.

If you are looking for a quick skincare solution, unfortunately, this isn’t it.

Myth 3. You Can’t Use Retinol During The Day.

Once again – this is not true!

A lot of people assume that retinol makes the skin more sensitive to the sun and increases their risk of suffering from sunburn.

However, retinol’s formulation makes it less effective when exposed to sunlight. That’s why some retinol products are packaged in metallic containers.

That being said, if it is your first time using any product, don’t forget to wear your sunscreen????. Your skin might be a tad more sensitive during this time. 

Retinol and retinoids are definitely not a fad. It’s surprising how long it took for them to become popular. 

In Conclusion

It is one of the best products for people looking to heal their skin. It promotes cell turnover and as a result, repairs a lot of DNA damage that has been caused by the sun and other environmental causes. 

However, some people may be affected by retinoids. If you have sensitive skin, speak to your dermatologist or any other medical professional to find out if it is a solution for you!


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