Retinol (AKA Vitamin A), your skin's best friend.

Retinol (AKA Vitamin A), your skin's best friend.

Introducing new products to your skincare regime can be a daunting thought at times, especially when we hear names like Retinol and Salicylic Acid! Here we have your most asked Retinol questions and answers from one of our skincare specialists. 

What does retinol actually do?

Retinol is a powerful ingredient which will boost the collagen production in your skin, giving you smoother skin, while helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and sun-spots.

How can it help with Acne?

If you have acne that hasn't gotten better with other treatments, Retinol may be your solution! Because Retinol causes a rapid cellular turnover, it can be a very effective treatment for unblocking pores of pimple spots and preventing new blockages from developing. Additionally, by clearing acne and reducing breakouts, it will also reduce the formation of acne scars. 

When will I start to see results?

You may notice results in as little a four weeks, however, it can take up to 12 weeks to notice a big difference. Once this grace period has passed, you will see visibly smoother, clearer and firmer skin!

What age should I start using retinol?

While there is no set age you need to start using any skincare product, most dermatologists advise introducing Retinol into your regime in your mid-twenties, especially if you suffer from pigmentation or breakouts. However, if your 50+ and reading this, Retinol is still the product for you! This special ingredient doesn't discriminate (wink face emoji).

Should I use Retinol alone?

Although Retinol has a proven track record of being an amazing treatment for your skin, it should not substitute all of the other treatments you already have in your regime. It is important to always pair the use of retinol with a hydrating moisturiser the following day. We would recommend using the NIP+FAB Retinol Fix Restorative Day Cream in the mornings, to give your skin a burst of hydration and leave it glowing for the day. 


Which Type of skin benefits from using Retinol?

All skin types of skin will benefit from using Vitamin A, however, it works best with oily, combination/acne-prone and sun-damaged skin. Sensitive skin should approach using retinol with some caution. This can be done by slowly introducing this ingredient to your skincare regime over time. We would recommend beginning with 2-3 times a week, and building up to a point where your skin feels comfortable. 

*Important to note, please do not use Retinol in conjunction with Vitamin C products as it they can compromise the effectiveness of each other.

*Please do not use Retinol products while pregnant or breastfeeding.

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