Skip Nav
Hair
Hair Wipes Are a Thing — and, My God, Do They Make Life Easier
Skin Care
8 Skincare Products Dermatologists Actually Swear By
Pimple
This LED Pen Will Kill Your Zits While We Wait For an Anti-Acne Vaccination
Nails
The Clever Detail You Probably Missed on Blake Lively's Latest Nail Art Look
Hair
This Nostalgic Hair Trend is Finally Back

Retinol Pros and Cons

The Pros and Cons of Using Retinol — Plus, When You Should Start

Retinol is touted as a holy grail ingredient for smoothing out fine lines, helping with skin texture and tone, and getting a youthful glow over time. This MVP ingredient promises to fight the signs of aging by encouraging cell turnover. But how does it actually work? And how should you incorporate it into your skincare routine to see results?

Retinol
is a type of vitamin A — also found in foods like carrots, milk, and eggs — that naturally occurs in our skin. When applied and absorbed into the skin, enzymes convert retinol to retinoic acid, which stimulates the production of healthy new skin cells (kind of like Baby Foot, without the snake-like shedding).

Over-the-counter retinols typically range from 0.1 to 1.0 percent concentrations — the higher the concentration, the more potent it is. It's recommended to apply retinol products at night and to start slow — once or twice a week — and work your way up, depending on how your skin tolerates it. Also, since retinol can dry out your skin and boost its sensitivity, moisturise and slather on SPF during the day to further protect your skin.

Along with retinol, there are a few other "R" words out there — namely, Retin-A and retinoids. Basically, retinol and Retin-A are both different types of retinoids. Retinol is in over-the-counter products that can treat wrinkles and improve skin texture. Retin-A (the brand name for Tretinoin) is a more potent form of vitamin A that treats acne.

Now that you have a better idea of what retinol can do for your skin, watch the latest episode of POPSUGAR beauty explainer series The Makeup for more retinol tips and product recommendations from our resident beauty expert, Kirbie Johnson.

From Our Partners
Best Pressed Skin Care
Best Farmacy Products
Amorepacific Prime Reserve Face Cream Review
Best Spring Moisturisers 2018
Hailey Baldwin Sexy Beauty Interview
Zoe Kravitz Beauty Interview
The Best Hyaluronic Acid Products at Drugstore
What Is a Gua Sha
Skincare Products Dermatologists Use
Egyptian Magic Cream Review
Does Dermaplaning Make Hair Grow Back Thicker?
Mario Badescu Acne Products
From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds