What is retinol and is it safe for sensitive skin?
Retinol is a form of vitamin A. When used, our skin cells convert it to retinoic acid, which has been clinically proven to have skin health benefits.
Although retinol is known for its ability to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it can cause irritation to sensitive skin. When you use Retinol for the first time, there is often a break-in period in which redness, peeling or dryness can occur. For those of us with sensitive skin, we already have an impaired skin barrier and are therefore more susceptible to this type of reaction.
Use of retinol for sensitive skin
My advice would be not to overdo it. It is always very tempting to load a product to see the results, but with Retinol this does not work and increases irritation. If you want to introduce the product into your routine, always test it first and then slowly. Start with lower retinol levels and then gradually build up when your skin responds well.
What other products for retinol?
While your skin adapts to retinol, avoid other products that can be irritating, such as. B. hot soaps. Use a trustworthy, non-irritating detergent to prevent further irritation or dryness, e.g. B. our Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser . It is also best to always use sunscreen.
Use a really nourishing moisturizer to combat any sensitivity and to prevent the skin from losing water. Our Age Confidence Cream contains ectoin, which helps with irritation, and hyaluronic acid to keep water in the skin.
When choosing a Retinol product, be sure to consider the packaging. Retinol breaks down on contact with air and light. So choose something that has an airtight container and an opaque bottle.
How long does Retinol's work take?
It is important to understand that retinol does not have an immediate effect. You won't notice a difference overnight. It can take months for results to become visible. So you have to be pretty patient.
Is there an alternative to retinol?
Our Rosehip BioRegeneratöl is an alternative option to Retinol for sensitive skin types. Although it doesn't contain vitamin A, it does contain beta-carotene, a precursor (inactive form) of vitamin A. This means that the body has to convert beta-carotene to vitamin A, which is not the case when applied to the skin (but when it is recorded). However, beta-carotene acts as a great antioxidant on the skin and helps protect against free radicals such as UV light or pollution.
If you are concerned about your admission, it may be worth consulting with a naturopath.