Why you should make retinol part of your nightly routine
Your next night time staple
BY DESTINY VELAZQUEZ
It’s 10 PM - you’re ready to get started on your nightly skin care routine and you look inside your beauty cabinet. Sure, you’ve got moisturizer, toner, makeup remover, and facial scrubs. Those eye creams and special skin-perfecting serums are falling off your shelves. You’ve even got a few sheet masks. But you might be missing one thing... your next night-time staple. I’m talking about retinol.
Dermatologists and skin-care enthusiasts alike are buzzing about retinol right now, and when you hear about what it does, it’s no wonder why!
SO WHAT’S SO FANCY ABOUT RETINOL?
Retinol is essentially a form of Vitamin A. When used as an ingredient in skin-care products it does WONDERS. Products with retinol tout the anti-aging label, and boy, do they live up to the title. Retinol aids in the process of skin cell regeneration which reduces wrinkles, firms, evens skin tone, and brightens your complexion. Typically, you would see the results on older skin because it works on wrinkles and fine lines, but it can also be used as a preventative measure that keeps younger skin glowing longer. And since anyone can use retinol (except those that are pregnant or breastfeeding), it is a definite must in everyone’s nightly skincare routine whether they are young or old.
#BLESS YOUR SKIN AT NIGHT!
Even Kim Kardashian appreciates a retinol product. She endorsed The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion on her app. Kim believes that anti-aging products are a very important part of skincare, and just like her, we take how we care for our skin very seriously. That’s why it’s important to incorporate retinol into your life at night. Since products containing retinol rejuvenate your skin taking off layers of dead cells, it also leaves your skin extra sensitive after use. It’s safest to use these products at night when you’re asleep. This temporarily limits your sensitive skin’s exposure to harsh sun rays. If you did use these products during the day, you might accidentally be doing the exact opposite of your intended purpose. For example, sunscreens that contain retinol and are meant to protect your skin from the sun can actually have the opposite effect of an anti-aging product and cause damaging effects to your skin faster. YIKES - let’s not do that ladies.
And not only is using retinol products at night safer for your skin, it also makes a lot of sense based on what skin does at night. While you’re asleep, your skin is working its hardest to revive and repair itself. Nighttime is when skin is already trying to combat wrinkles and acne, so putting on some retinol can help stimulate and further encourage the process.
Retinol comes in the shape of creams and serums, and it ranges in price. The product we mentioned that Kim Kardashian likes is less than $10, and since the price tag is so sweet, retinol is definitely something that all people should think about adding to their night time arsenal.
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