Dermatologists advise that the earlier you start addressing the signs of aging, the better. Once you enter your 20s and the skin begins to lose its elasticity, early signs of sun damage and aging will start to show. Retinol is a key anti-aging vitamin that can be incorporated at any stage of your skin care journey. However, retinol has the potential to cause irritation and sensitivity, so always use in accordance with the instructions, and closely monitor your skin’s response. Here’s our advice for how to use retinol for optimal results.
Prior to using retinol, there are key things to keep in mind. It is recommended to avoid retinol or other retinoids while pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. We do not recommend using facial hair removal products or methods while using retinol. Do not use our retinol product with other products containing retinol, retinoic acid, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), prescription acne medicine, or skin peel regimen.
How to use retinol
It’s important to introduce retinol into your skin care routine slowly, evaluating your skin’s reaction and responding appropriately. Though retinol can be quite harsh on your skin (with possible side effects including redness, irritation, skin tightness and dryness), No7’s Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex is specially-formulated to be more gentle to your skin and minimize the potential for irritation when used as directed.