Beginner’s guide – how to integrate retinols into your skincare routine

You may have heard of it or seen some of products including this ingredient, but does retinol live up to the hype? You might not be sure how to find the right product for you, or even how you apply it. Look no further - we’ve got you covered with our guide for retinol newbies, so you feel equipped with all the right info and confident with introducing this benefit-filled ingredient into your skincare routine.

What is retinol?

Vitamin A

First things first, retinol is part of the Vitamin A family. It’s a type of retinoid, which has different variations that work at different levels. It helps to build collagen and repair your skin by increasing cell turnover. By doing this, it allows your body to rid of dead skin preventing acne and helps reduce wrinkles. Yasss! Retinol can be that good!!

What are the benefits of retinol?

Retinol can help with a few different areas of the skin:

  • Treat acne
  • Clear blackheads and clogged pores
  • Reduce fine lines
  • Improve pigmentation

How do you use retinol in your skincare routine?

Retinol can be introduced to your skincare regime from your mid-20s (you know what they say, prevention is better than the cure!) and it should be introduced gradually into your routine. Start with applying it once a week and work up to every other night depending on how your skin tolerates the ingredient. Using it at night will also allow for your skin to absorb it while you sleep and starting off with a percentage of retinol that is lower can help with avoiding irritations as you start to use the products.

It’s important to make your sure sunscreen is a part of your daily day skincare routine to ensure you protect your skin against the harm of the sun. A broad-spectrum sunscreen like those in the Aspect Sun range are perfect.

Don’t forget, retinol or other Vitamin A products are not recommended to be used by those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What are the best retinols to use?

OILY, ACNE PRONE SKINPCA Skin Intensive Clarity Treatment

The PCA Skin Intensive Clarity Treatment: 0.5% Pure is the perfect candidate for acne prone and excessively oily skin types. To reduce congestion this formula pairs 0.5% Retinol with Niacinamide and Bakuchiol, so over time your skin is clear and acne scarring is reduced.


Rediscover youthful skin with Crystal Retinal 1™, Medik8’s latest innovation in vitamin A. Formulated with 0.01% stabilised retinal, a powerful derivative of vitamin A with next-generation anti-ageing results. Unmatched in its age-defying power, retinal can deliver results comparable to clinical-grade vitamin A up to 11 times faster than classic forms of retinol.  Crystal Retinal 1 is the entry level retinal serum for those who have sensitive skin or seek a low strength but highly effective vitamin A serum in their routine.


The new gold standard in anti-ageing and skin repair! An encapsulated blend unique to the brand, Cosmedix Serum 16 is the closest thing to prescription strength age defiance without a prescription.


ASAP super A+ Serum is a high potency overnight revitalising treatment containing Vitamin A (Retinol) to help stimulate collagen production and a cutting-edge biomimetic peptide that speeds up cell renewal, and cross linked Hyaluronic Acid that provides 5 times the moisturising power and 50 times the moisture retaining properties of traditional Hyaluronic Acid.

So, if you want your skin looking young, smooth, plump and fresh, without the effort, then adding Retinol to your skin care routine is a must! Check out our other blogs for more skin care tips and advice!

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