Where to even begin with retinol? I love it so much, and could talk about its many benefits till I’m blue! Yes, its hard to learn to use correctly within skin care, yes, it will make you feel like you have a 2nd degree burn for a month until your skin adjusts, and yes you will peel off facial skin into your food, but despite all this drama, it’s still the gold standard in aging well.
What does it do? Simply put, retinol changes your skin on a cellular level. They stimulate and help increase collagen production (which we lose as we age), it smooths out fine lines, and heavy wrinkles, it evens out pigmentation and sun damage. It can even help chronic acne suffers find relief. Retinol packs a heavy punch and is a true skincare multitasker.
If you are past the age of 35, you need a retinol. If you have sun damage, you need a retinol. If you are breathing and reading this, you need a retinol. You get where I’m going here. It’s never a bad thing to come to the retinol party late, but the earlier you start, the better off you will be in the long run. I find nothing wrong with a woman in her early 20s getting started on a retinol regimen. This, combined with a great sunscreen and limited sun exposure, will help ensure that she will not have massive issues with wrinkling and pigmentation 10 or 20 years down the road.
If I had to recommend one product that would affect BIG changes in a client’s skin, it would be a medical grade retinol cream. I know that the irritation can make people hesitant to use, but trust me, the end result is so worth every flake.