It’s a very, very good ingredient!
Well, I suppose I could stop right there LOL but don’t worry I won’t! My experience with using retinol has been fantastic. I just love it. But, let me also be very clear about it, there is a path to success that includes redness, itching, dryness, peeling, flaking, and an overabundance of sebum. I’ll go into that last part in detail below.
But first, let me begin at the beginning.
Products I have used.
There are three in all. Biopelle Retinol .05%, ROC Retinol Serum, and The Ordinary Retinol In Squalane .05%. Of all of them I am loving ROC the best. And to be candid I never thought that would be the case. FYI the ROC company does not give out the retinol percentage to the public.
I’m quickly going to say that I didn’t like Biopelle because of the company’s use of snail secretion in their (other) products, which I found out the hard way I am allergic to, and, I did not like The Ordinary because it was a cheaply made product that burned and stung my skin and felt awful on. With the negative stuff out of the way, let me proceed.
I love ROC products. They are absolutely fantastic. This is my very first experience with the company and I am quite impressed. The products deliver on their promises, are moderately priced, and, my skin has never looked better. I use the ROC retinol serum, and the MAX retinol cream as well. Here’s some tips about both:
My method for using ROC Retinol Serum and ROC MAX Retinol Cream.
The product directions state that it can be used once or twice per day. I have tried it twice – night and morning – and felt some stinging so I went back to nightly only. I am staying with nighttime application of retinol only for the future.
I cleanse my skin at night using towelettes, and I am very careful to read the ingredients and be certain that there is no retinol, irritating ingredients such as vitamin C, AHA or BHA (I’ll give a list of what that entails below), and then I wait at least 20 minutes. This is a good time to hit the elliptical or do some yoga.
I then apply the serum. I use three pumps, and apply it from forehead to and including the décolleté area. I do include the orbital eye area, being sure to use just a small dab there. If my skin gets red from retinol it’s the eye area so I have learned to use it more sparingly there and I have to say it has worked wonderfully well.
I wait another 20 minutes or more. Then I apply a basic moisturizer. My choice here is the original Nivea in the blue jar. I had a doctor once tell me that it’s the best skin conditioner on the market at any price and that it should be any woman’s go-to for a non-irritating night cream. That was when I was about 16 years old and I’ve found it to be true time and time again. Yes, I’ll write a separate blog and video about Nivea. It’s a great product.
That’s the end of my nighttime treatment with the serum. It’s super easy except that there is a wait time involved, but as I mention, I put that time to good use.
When I use the MAX cream, I do everything above except apply moisturizer over it. It is retinol in a moisturizer so it doesn’t need it. That is a much stronger product, so I’m using it only two nights per week at this point.
In the early days, and that can be weeks or months depending on your skin, you are likely to see redness, and dry skin. That can also include your body fighting back by producing more sebum. It can give you an oily look. See my photo (above) here taken sometime in February when I was just one month into my retinol regime.
The ways to fight the dryness, which will include some of the redness are:
Using a heavier night cream such as Nivea, drinking an additional two to three glasses of water per day, eating one or more of these daily as well: avocado, salmon, EVO, lean beef, spinach and bananas. Take a multiple vitamin if you don’t already. Also, take amino acids if you can tolerate them. Twice per day is great, but once is very good too.
Vitamin C can be irritating to the skin when used too closely with the Vitamin A. So be sure that your cleanser does not include Vitamin C. Also I don’t use toner at night. I don’t need to because it’s already in the towelettes. Currently, I am using Blum Chamomile Cleansing Towelettes.
After 6 to 8 weeks you should see something about your skin you can’t quite put your finger on. It’s brighter, clearer, and by God the contours are showing a firmer look! It’s not the end result at this point, and it will always be a cumulative process which is one of the big reasons why I love retinol, but it’s encouraging. Very.
At about that same 6 to 8 week point, you should be able to use Vitamin C products during the day, when you are NOT using retinol. I use a long-time favorite, Avalon Vitamin C Serum, and let me tell you I’ve tried very many, very pricey, types, and this one makes a difference. At first, at around the one month mark, I could not use my Vitamin C serum during the day as it made red blotches around the eye area. In the past couple of weeks I have found that this is almost 100% changed and that there is barely a trace of redness under one eye. And, the best part, is that it is working beautifully well with the Vitamin A, and I’m seeing a boost in my skin’s health.
During the day my, also new, favorite moisturizer is Olay Complete UV365 for Normal Skin. It’s awesome. Under makeup it’s beautiful or by itself. And it’s SPF 15, which is a minimum requirement for anyone using retinol products.
Don’t give up! That’s the main tip. Obviously, if you have skin issues and/or health issues that affect your skin, then you need to seek medical advice. But for those who are like me and do not, retinol could well be the best thing since……I can’t think of anything more clever to say.…..sliced bread!
All products mentioned i this blog post were bought and paid for by me. I usually make my purchases online so you can do a search and find any of them.
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PHOTO AT LEFT
I snapped this last night, March 22, 2018. I am just 2 weeks away from turning 61. I have on no makeup at all. Not even lip color. Just moisturizer. Period. I still have just a tiny bit of redness under the right eye. The left eye has next to nothing. And, the too-shiny oily skin is no more!