Here are 4 easy steps to layer retinol like a pro!
The Basics of Retinol
As we’ve already discussed in this blogpost, retinoids are great for fighting acne and healing it. They can also reduce the appearance of scars, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles making them a must-have in every skincare routine.
But when you’re new to this ingredient, adding it into your skin regiment can be a very intimidating process. We’ve all been there, scared of that little tube, wondering if we’ll pair it with the wrong product, and accidentally harm our skin.
Luckily, if you follow these simple steps, you don’t need to ditch your favorite products. Just a small tweak here and there and you’ll become a retinoid master!
4 Easy Steps to Layer Retinol Like a Pro
Follow these simple steps to easily add retinol to your nighttime skin care routine:
Every great routine starts with a proper clean up. So cleanse your skin! Make sure to remove all that dirt and makeup thoroughly. This may seem like a very straightforward step but you might be surprised. Here’s our guide to properly washing the face.
2. Layer your serums:
This is where things start to get interesting. A good skincare routine includes all kind of serums that you skin can benefit from. But when you add retinol (or any retinoid) you have to be careful with what ingredients to layer it with.
For example, products that include AHA’s, BHA’s or vitamin C should be avoided. This means either moving them to your daytime routine (if possible) or using them on days where you won’t be using retinoids.
Here is the full list of products that should and shouldn’t be layered with retinol:
3. Now, apply retinol:
Massage it in like any other product. However–like we’ve already established in our retinol blogpost–DO NOT apply it onto your neck or chest. This can be very harmful!
Lock everything in with your favorite moisturizer and you’re done!
Tips for Sensitive Skin
If you’re like me and your skin is easily irritable, these tips are going to make this whole retinol thing that much easier.
- In my experience, the best product to use directly before retinol is squalene. Not only is it such a good overall product for sensitive skin, but it will calm down any irritation that may issue from that initial application.
- After using retinol, apply more moisturizer than usual. Don’t get a new heavier moisturizer, just stick to the one that your skin is comfortable with and apply it more generously. Think of it as an overnight hydrating treatment!
- Always apply sunscreen the following day, and every other day. UV damage is no joke!
I hope this blogpost was helpful to you guys, if you have any tips and tricks be sure to share them in the comments. See you very soon!