What are retinoids?
Think of retinoids as an umbrella term for anything that’s derived from vitamin A. They work by stimulating your skin to produce new cells, which will leave your complexion plumper, fresher and smoother. We know this might sound a little like science fiction, but these ingredients are seen by skin experts as the gold standard in anti-ageing.
Why do you need it?
Once menopause hits, cell turnover, which helps keep the skin fresh and smooth, slows significantly. This causes a build-up of dead skin that makes pores look larger and skin appear dull.
What will it do for my skin?
A retinoid helps to ‘wake up’ your face, boosting cell turnover and collagen production, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also acts as an antioxidant and is useful for treating sun-damaged and acne-prone skin, too.
How to use it
You don’t need a costly appointment with a skin doctor to use a retinoid. Beginners should try a gentle product first. Choose a product that contains at least 0,1% retinol as a starting point. As you begin to tolerate retinol at 0,1%, the strength can be increased – work up to 0,3% then 0,5%, then 1%.
- Apply it Right: Retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so always apply them at night to cleanse skin. Allow to sink in, but if your skin feels ultra-dry afterwards, apply your night cream 15 to 20 minutes later.
- Avoid a reaction: Start off using it just twice a week a build up your tolerance and prevent your skin going red and peeling. Increase usage every few weeks until you are able to tolerate it every night.
- Be patient: It may take up to 12 weeks to see initial results