June 23, 2022 3 min read
It's a question I often get asked, and I know you may be afraid to try it because you may have heard about how irritating it can be for your skin.
We need to get past that, so let's talk about how to start using retinol/retinoids.
In this blog post, you'll learn the retinol rules, the best way to begin using retinol, and best practices for sensitive skins.
To learn more about the amazing skin benefits of retinol, check our skincare videos on Instagram (look under the Video tab > Self Care) or here on the Simple Beauty Blog.
You may experience irritation when you start using retinol. That's normal. That's why you need to prepare your skin.
The more sensitive your skin is, the more slowly you'd want to introduce retinol into your skincare routine.
When starting to use Behave 1% Retinol Moisture Creme, for example, you may start by using it every other day for the first week or two, and then see how that feels. You may switch to using it everyday right away if you don't see any dryness, dry patches, redness, or irritation on your skin.
If you have sensitive skin, remember to start slowly. Begin with applying it directly on your skin dry. Ultimately, you may want to apply it to your skin as it's a little bit damp, right after you've applied your serum. That would give you the best absorption.
Apply after your moisturizer and ultimately, you may apply it before you add in any more moisturizer if you need it.
TIP: I use Whipped Olive Oil Creme right afterwards because I have drier skin.
All of these techniques helps water down the potency of retinoids, and that can really be helpful for sensitive skin or when you're just getting started with using retinols.
You want what your skin can best tolerate.
Your ultimate goal is nightly usage on damp skin underneath your moisturizer.
It's totally safe to use retinoids around your eye area. This area can benefit the collagen-boosting effect of retinols! Experiment using once or twice a week or every other day. Just pat it on the bone around your eye area. You can use it on top or underneath your eye cream.
If you're using prescription retinol such as tretinoin, you can actually put a dollop on your hand, mix it with your Olive Oil Creme and apply that directly to your face, neck, chest, and hands.