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Retinol 101

Updated: Apr 23, 2023

Skin care can be confusing but there is one ingredient you simply must know about…*RETINOL*

Read on to hear client’s most common questions and our PRO TIP responses.

What is retinol?

Retinols (aka topical vitamin A) decrease oil production, encourage removal of dead skin and increase cellular turnover.

How do I use a retinol?

Start slow, apply every other day or every third day for the first two weeks.

What will retinol do to my skin?

Because retinols increase cell turnover, a bit of flaking and redness is normal, this should fade over a few weeks.

Skin will begin to improve in texture and appearance in 4-8 weeks.

Within a few months, skin will look more like an instagram filter…without the swipe ;)

Long term use of retinols stimulates collagen which helps to slow progression of fine line formation and softens appearance of those that exist.

When should I start a retinol type product?

It’s never too soon to speed up cell turnover, however most individuals notice the need for vitamin A in their early 30’s. Retinols should not be used while pregnant or breastfeeding, SCL has active ingredient alternatives that can bridge the gap until retinols can be used again.

Do I need to use anything with my retinol?

Customized skin care regimens are always best, however an excellent SPF for the face is a must when using retinol. SCL carries many blends of SPF that easily incorporate into one’s daily routine. Clear, tinted, sheer or water resistant…there is something for everyone.

How do I pick the right retinol for me?

Retinols come in all shapes and sizes, using a form that is strong enough to work effectively yet “easy” enough to tolerate does exist, let us introduce you to your options @ SCL.

Ready to take the next step in skin health?

@Skin CoLAB or stop into our retail space

Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-Noon


Reference: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2022

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