How to Use Retinol Like a Pro: Choosing A Retinol For Your Skin Type


Is Retinol really worth the Hype?

Retinol, baby! This anti-aging superstar can work wonders on fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin smoother and more even than a K-pop superstar's vocals. So, let's dive into the world of Korean retinol skincare products and see how they can take your skin from dull to dazzling in no time. Are you ready to get your glow on? Let's go!


What Really Is Retinol?

Retinol, also known as Vitamin A, is a well-known ingredient in skincare products for its ability to promote cell turnover and collagen production which helps to reduce the signs of:

  • Aging: in case if you didn't know, skin cells naturally turnover, however this happens less frequently as you age which leads to wrinkles, fine lines and dull skin. Retinol helps speed up this turnover process and promote brighter, smoother skin. It also goes deeper into the skin to encourage collagen production and further plump the skin.
  • Acnes: Retinol helps keep pores clear by reducing the buildup of skin cells. Plus, it can block inflammation pathways in the skin. In a nutshell, that means retinol doesn’t only help reduce the number of breakouts you have. It can also minimize the redness and swelling that comes with them.
  • Sun-damage: sun-damage can lead to fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Retinol effectively fights these signs by promoting a faster skin cell turnover leading to a clearer skin complexion.

Common Concerns About Retinol: 

  1. Skin Irritation: Retinol can be irritating to the skin, causing redness, dryness, flakiness, and even peeling. You’ll want to talk with a dermatologist before giving retinol a try if you have extreme sensitive/dry skin, rosacea, eczema or severe acnes. It's important to start with a low concentration of retinol and gradually increase as your skin adjusts. Using retinol too frequently or in high concentrations can also lead to irritation.

  2. Sun Sensitivity: Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, increasing the risk of sunburn and skin damage. It's important to use sunscreen during the day and avoid excessive sun exposure. Shop sunscreens here

  3. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Retinol is not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as it can potentially harm the developing fetus or infant.

  4. Interactions with Other Skincare Products: Retinol can interact with other skincare products, particularly those that are acidic, which can reduce its effectiveness. It's important to follow the instructions on your retinol product and avoid using it in combination with other acids or exfoliants.

  5. Potential for Skin Purging: When you first start using retinol, you may experience a "purge" phase, where your skin breaks out and becomes more sensitive. This is a normal part of the skin adjusting to the product, but it can be frustrating to deal with.

Tips for beginners: 

  • If you are a first time user of retinol, make sure you're not using too much of it to avoid skin irritations. Be patient and build up skin tolerance for retinol step by step. I suggest using retinol of the size of a red bean at the beginning and gradually increasing the amount. 
  • Avoid sunlight when you are using retinol as a skin treatment. Use at least SPF 30 and wear sun protective clothing and hats to reduce your exposure to the sun if you use retinol during day time. Check out sunscreens from La Cosmetique.

So...which retinol should I use?

Now that you're hooked to the idea of using retinol, you'll need to find one that works the best for your skin type. We have put together 4 bestseller retinols for you to pick from!

COSRX 0.5% Pure Retinol Oil 20ml

Transform your skin with this powerful anti-aging serum. Featuring a highly concentrated 0.5% stabilized, pure retinol, this serum works to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and elasticity.

Formulated with pure retinol (Vitamin A), this serum promotes collagen production and skin turnover, effectively reducing the appearance of fine lines. The addition of plant-derived squalane helps to protect the skin from external aggressors, while Tocotrienol (Super Vitamin E) works to reduce visible signs of aging and skin damage.

Unlike other serums, this formula contains no purified water or retinol derivatives, ensuring maximum efficacy. With continued use, this serum enhances skin elasticity, leaving you with a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion. Don't settle for less than the best - try this high concentration anti-aging serum today. Shop here

Neogen Real Bakuchiol Firming Serum 30ml

 Looking for a serum to combat saggy skin or pores, but concerned about skin sensitivity with retinol? Try Neogen Real Bakuchiol Firming Serum - an effective collagen-boosting serum that utilizes Bakuchiol, a natural anti-aging ingredient extracted from the babchi plant found in India and Sri Lanka.

Bakuchiol has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic healing remedies due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a gentle yet effective solution. This serum contains Lupin Peptide, which helps to lift sagging skin, and Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein for added elasticity benefits.

Not only does it deliver impressive results, but the texture of this ampoule is also a delight to use. Its lightweight, silky texture will leave your skin feeling nourished and rejuvenated. Shop here

Beauty of Joseon Revive Eye Serum : Ginseng + Retinal 30ml

Being one of the most bought Eye cream in our retail stores, Beauty of Joseon Revive Eye Serum sure is an affordable yet effective eye serum that is formulated with a blend of traditional Korean herbal ingredients, including ginseng and retinol, to help improve the overall appearance of the delicate skin around the eyes.

The powerful anti-aging formula of this eye serum that can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness around the eyes. The serum also contains other nourishing ingredients, such as niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, to help hydrate and strengthen the skin.

It is formulated to be super lightweight and easy to absorb, even suitable for those who wants to wear it under makeup! Shop here

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Nightly Performance 3-Piece Set

Now let's talk about Elizabeth Arden's Retinol Ceramide Capsules Nightly Performance. This little power-packed product is like a one-two punch for all your anti-aging needs! The retinol in these capsules is like a superhero for your skin, helping to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and even out your skin's texture. But wait, there's more! The ceramides in the formula are like a sidekick, keeping your skin hydrated and protected. Together, they're a dynamic duo that will leave your skin looking and feeling firmer, brighter, and overall fabulous. Plus, the little capsules are super easy to use and make you feel like you're in a fancy spa every night. I personally love the texture of this product, it feels a little heavy at first, however give it about 30 minutes to work on your skin the it will feel amazing for the night! So go ahead, add these little gems to your night time routine, and let the magic begin! Shop here

How to Boost the Effectiveness of Retinol:  

You can combine retinol with other ingredients to optimise the power of retinol. Here is a list of ingredients for you to consider.

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