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Don't Be Scared of Retinol

You know that meme that’s like “if you owned a Tamagotchi, you should probably start wearing eye cream?” Same goes for Retinol. 

It seems like all of a sudden, everyone you know is using Retinol. You might be wondering why you should use it, how to use it, and what are some ways to integrate it slowly into your routine? The truth is, Retinol is a long-game skincare ingredient that, when used just so, can have dramatic results in younger and healthier-looking skin. Here’s all you need to jump on the Retinol train. 

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a form of retinoid, which comes from Vitamin A. Some retinol products are available over the counter while others require a prescription. Retinol is able to penetrate your top layer of skin when applied and can then promote cell turnover and collagen production, which is a protein that contributes to skin elasticity. 

What are the benefits of Retinol?

When your skin is regularly in contact with Vitamin A and your cell turnover is sped up and there’s an increase in collagen, the result is more youthful-looking skin (we are pro-aging, but also pro glowing skin, after all). Cell turnover also can help with unblocking dead skin cells from pores which can lead to the overstimulation of oil glands and acne. Retinol can also help reduce inflammation. See, all good stuff!

How do I combat the dreaded drying out period?

You tend to hear people trying Retinol then giving up, usually because their skin got too dry in the beginning stages. Because of this, we designed our Retinol A 1% Cream specifically to soothe and hydrate while delivering all those good retinol benefits, with the addition of aloe vera, shea butter, and the antioxidant green tea. 

How often do I use it?

We always say start small and listen to your skin -- you should not be excessively flaking or drying out and it’s not necessary for the benefits of Retinol. Mix a pea-size amount into a hydration agent like your favorite moisturizer or our Pure Jojoba Oil -- this is known as one of the most hydrating oils out there. Start once a week and see how your skin reacts, then adjust from there. 

Bonus points if you still have your Tamagotchi.