Starting the retinol journey to younger looking skin
If your reading this we are going to assume you already know how amazing retinol is for it's anti-ageing properties. If your not sure about what it does or how it works then we have some great information Click here.
So.. How do you start using Retinol.
Now you've made the decision to use retinol, GO SLOW! Your skin needs to gradually adjust to it. When you think about it, Retinol is powerful enough to improve skin texture and tone in just a few drops of a serum or a dollop of cream. The transforming effects on your skin are due to very potent formulation. Therefore care must be taken when you first starting using Retinol.
There are two ways you can gradually increase your retinol dosage. Firstly by how frequently you apply the product and secondly the strength of the product (or percentage of retinol) your applying.
For most people, starting with a pea sized amount and applying it equally over the face and neck once per week with a low concerntration of retinol (0.50% or less). Feeling some light tingling is normal.
By the second week you should be able to increase to twice, and then in the third ramp it up to three times a week – you get the idea. If you find that your experiencing redness then you should  give your skin a break and drop back in frequency as every skin is different. If you need some advice of help in your retinol journey, reach out to us via our advice page.
Products such as Dermalogica’s Overnight Retinol Repair allows you to “dial up” the strength by mixing with an included buffer cream allowing you to adjust how often PLUS how strong the application is. 
In my experience, less is more when it comes to the application of Retinol – especially when you first start using it.  Applying too much retinol can cause irritation, redness and dryness – everything you don’t want! So, get started on Retinol today for that dewy fresh-faced look.
A quick side note that retinol is not for everyone and there are some times in your life where you shouldn’t be using it, such as pregnancy and certain medications. So check with your doctor to make sure your all ok.
Here are some of our best selling Retinol products perfect for someone looking to start the journey to younger looking skin:
Dermalogica's Overnight Retinol Repair 0.5%
Dermalogica's Overnight Retinol repair 0.5% uses a Microencapsulation process for the retinol which means more retinol gets delivered to the right layers of the skin to get the best results.  It also creates an invisible protective shield on the skins surface, which helps reduce moisture loss. Can be used if you have a SENSTIVE SKIN as you can customize the strength of the retinol with a buffer cream.
Medik8 Retinol 3tr
MEDIK8 Retinol 3TR Formulated with 0.3% retinol and supported by vitamin E for enhanced stability and its anti oxidant properties this fast-absorbing serum is perfect for those new to vitamin A.  Formulated with Time Release Technology, the retinol is delivered gradually into the deeper layers of the skin throughout the night to ensure maximum results without overwhelming or irritating skin.
If you need help or advice about your skincare concerns or goals, we would love to help you. Reach out to us via our complimentary online skin consultation or call us on 1300 30 25 35.
About This Author:
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.
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