There is two things to consider when using retinol, first is how your skin will react to UV light and secondly how the product reacts.
As retinol is the powerhouse of anti-aging. It's primary role is to encourage cell turn over which exposes lovely new skin. This new layer of skin is delicate and you don't want to be exposing it to the sun, as you will undo all that great work! Using Retinol exposes your skin to harmful UV rays which can cause irritation, redness, itchiness and peeling.
Retinol itself is generally photosensitive (how the product is delivered can change this) and so when exposed to UV light the amount of active retinol making it's way to the layers of your skin to make a difference is significantly reduced.
You still need to consider the amount of light that you are exposed to day-to-day, both directly and indirectly, say, for example, how exposed you are to the sun while driving. It goes without saying but you would also need to think about the sunscreen you are using. Is it a physical (reflects) or chemical (absorbs) sunscreen? Are you applying and then reapplying the recommended amount-most users don’t do one or both.
To save yourself the drama I would just use retinol at night and let it do its job while your asleep. We all have enough to worry about during the day!
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Susan is one of our Senior Skin Experts and has a serious passion for making sure that everyone has the right product and regimen for their individual skin. Being in the industry for 30 years, Susan has seen significant change in the cosmecutical industry and loves learning about how these new developments can help her clients get amazing results. As a mum of two dynamic daughters, Susan understands the demands of life and being able to get the maximum results for minimum time.