Originally discovered for treating acne, scientists soon realised that long-term use of Vitamin A, in the form of Retinol offers truly visible age-perfecting results.
Fast-forward 60 years and we know that when used regularly at night, Retinol is the most powerful of all skin-refining ingredients.
Part of the appeal of retinol (also known as Retinoid, Retinoic Acid and Tretinoin,) is in the absolute transformation it can give to skin of all ages.
At a time when there are literally thousands of lotions and potions on the market, retinol has cut through as the 'age perfection' option that delivers results time after time.
In fact, skincare expert Caroline Hirons goes so far as to say:
"They are easily the best products for fighting signs of ageing. Everyone should use one. They are worth the faff. Just use them correctly".
That’s why we created our expert guide to results-driven retinol with the products we use and love taking centre stage.
Most experts recommend starting with a low percentage (0.1% or less), every other night until the skin can tolerate it. This may still cause some tingling and irritation in the skin but should settle down after one or two weeks of use.
Even those with Eczema and Rosacea who need to be more careful can enjoy the benefits of retinol, but it needs to be introduced slowly and at a very low percentage so as not to cause inflammation and irritation to the skin.
More is not more with Retinol - don't think that blasting your skin with the highest percentages can help and remember that a little tends to go a long way.
We love Angela from Hot and Flashy for absolutely typifying what we mean by 'inclusive ageing'.