The do’s and don’ts of using retinol

Before diving into the dos and don’ts of using retinol, let’s talk about why Grail’s Retinol Vitamin A Serum has become a holy grail in our skincare routine. Picture this: a superhero ingredient that boosts collagen, revitalises skin cells, and zaps away fine lines, wrinkles, and pesky age spots. Not just that, it’s like a warrior against acne and dullness, giving your skin that coveted youthful glow. Ready to unlock the secrets of this skincare superhero?

Do’s for Using Retinol

Start slowly: If you’re new to retinol, begin with a low concentration (like our Retinol Vitamin A Serum, $58) and gradually increase frequency as your skin adjusts. This helps minimise the risk of irritation.

Patch test: Before applying retinol all over your face, perform a patch test on a small area of skin to check for any adverse reactions.

Apply at night: Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so it’s best to apply it at night. Remember to use sunscreen during the day to protect your skin.

Use a pea-sized amount: A little goes a long way with retinol. Use a pea-sized amount for your entire face to avoid over-applying and potential irritation.

Don’ts for Using Retinol

Don’t overdo it: Resist the temptation to use retinol every night, especially if you’re just starting. Overuse can lead to redness, peeling, and increased sensitivity.

Avoid mixing with harsh ingredients: Be cautious when combining retinol with other active ingredients like acids or benzoyl peroxide, as this can exacerbate irritation. Consult with a dermatologist if you’re unsure about product combinations.

Skip exfoliation: While retinol promotes cell turnover, avoid using harsh physical or chemical exfoliants on the same night to prevent over-exfoliation and irritation.

Don’t apply to irritated skin: If your skin is already irritated or sunburned, refrain from using retinol until the irritation subsides to avoid further discomfort.