• Brooke Walter

Reti-No Nos: The Do's and Don'ts of Retinol Usage

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

DO: Start slow! Ease your way in. Try a gentle formula before you dive into the world of prescriptions and high strength formulas


DON’T: Use in the AM. Retinol increases photosensitivity and also rapidly breaks down when exposed to sunlight.

DO: Look for formulas in airtight/ opaque packaging and tubes. (Due to the above, the products would break down quickly if not packaged properly.)

DON’T: Give up after a few weeks or even a month of use. It takes time to see results but they WILL come. Retinol is one of the gold standards for not only fine lines and wrinkles but also acne and skin discoloration issues. It is worth the wait!

DO: Know the differences between Retinol/ Retinoids. Retinol is the over the counter, weaker derivative of Tretinoin. Tretinoin is a prescription retinoid.

DON’T: Use while pregnant.

DO: Use a good moisturizer or face oil after application. Depending on the strength, many formulas can be drying.

DON’T: Be fooled by marketing claims and packaging. Look for percentages. If it says “Retinol face cream” but retinol is the last ingredient on the label, then you’re wasting your money.

DO: Know your options and budget! There are options for every price point. For smaller budgets, check out The Ordinary and The Inkey List.

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