We only given one epidermis, which is why it’s important to look after it if we want it to look its best. And who doesn’t want smooth radiant skin? Making sure that you cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day and use a good quality sunscreen is a great start, but there is one beauty product in particular that, if you aren’t using already, should be your beauty resolution for 2019: retinol.
A Multipurpose Miracle
Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and has, for a long time, been associated with older women who want to eliminate wrinkles but we now know that it can be used for so much more than that. Not only can it treat existing fine lines but it can also be applied to prevent wrinkles from forming in the first place. This is because it boosts collagen production in the skin, which helps keep skin plump. And while our skin produces it naturally when we are young, this starts slowing down from the time we are in our 20s.
Another thing that this beauty ingredient is revered for is its ability to unclog and reduce the size of pores, which can prevent breakouts. As if that isn’t enough, retinol can also add skill cell turnover and fading dark spots to its extensive resume.
But hold up! Before you rush out to stock up on this skincare staple and slather it all over your face…
… it’s important to note that incorporating retinol into your beauty regime is a process. This means you should start on a low percentage, either a 0.2% or 0.5%, and work your way up as your skin builds up a tolerance.
That being said, this ingredient need not be feared but embraced because it will make you look like the best version of yourself. So just in case you didn’t have a New Year’s resolution before, you do now!
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