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Should I be using Retinol?

Retinol is one of the most extensively researched and proven skincare ingredients available today. It is a derivative of vitamin A that promotes the skin’s natural exfoliation process, in turn improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin texture and pores, as well as blemishes. It’s not a one-size-fits-all ingredient, and it’s important to give your skin the proper concentration—and apply it correctly—to optimize improvement and overall results.


SkinCeuticals high-concentration retinol cream is available in three strengths and ideal for most skin types with visible aging concerns. Enhanced with the latest stabilization and delivery technologies to provide maximum efficacy, these retinol creams improve the appearance of skin with minimum sensitization. Retinol 0.3, Retinol 0.5 and Retinol 1.0 all feature an advanced encapsulation system and a soothing complex of bisabolol and boswellia serrata extract, but the key for maximum results with minimal side effects is starting slowly. Those new to this ingredient should begin by applying Retinol 0.3 once or twice a week before increasing frequency of use as the skin demonstrates tolerance.

Experienced retinol users can generally tolerate a higher concentration. Once your skin is comfortable with Retinol 0.3, you might be ready to step up to Retinol 0.5. (This concentration can also be used by “first-timers” with resistant skin that rarely experiences irritation, and those whose skin has shown to be less tolerant of higher retinol concentrations.) SkinCeuticals maximum strength Retinol 1.0 is best for skin that has been preconditioned with Retinol 0.5 or has a higher retinol tolerance—as well as those switching from a prescription-based retinol product.

Retinol has been shown to provide visible improvement in signs of aging and sun damage, but some new users experience an adjustment period that may include redness or flaky skin. This means the retinol is working—and is not a reason to stop using it. Clinical studies have shown that using SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 in conjunction with topical retinoids significantly reduces dryness and reduces the adjustment phase to one week.



Retinol may increase photosensitivity, so daily broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen use is recommended for everyone. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 also enhances radiance and promotes even skin tone thanks to translucent color spheres that adapt to all complexions, so you get both instant results and improvement over time with this dynamic skincare duo.

Kathryn Owens

Kathryn Owens

Writer and expert

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