What the **** is Retinol?

New product alert! New product alert! The Dermalogica Skin Retinol Serum is here and making waves reversing signs of skin aging in as little as two weeks. So, let’s chat about retinol; what exactly it is, how it works on your skin and how to incorporateit into your skincare routine. 

What is retinol? And how does it work on the skin?

If you’re like most of us you’ve probably heard of retinol, a buzzing term in skincare at the moment. If you’re also like most of us you might have felt a little confused by what it is, a little scared of the potential irritations and maybe a little overwhelmed on how to actually incorporate it into your regime. So, let’s break it down. 

Basically, retinol is a retinoid, which are derivatives of the Vitamin A family. They have different potencies having different impacts on the skin. The stronger the form, the more potential for irritation. Retinoic Acid is the strongest form and what drives positive changes in our skin, however, it is highly irritating and only available on prescription. So, let’s look at the weaker derivatives ( Retinaldehyde (Retinal), Retinol, Retinol Esters) and how we can use these to drive positive change. When these derivatives are applied to the skin, they convert to Retinoic Acid and deliver the same benefits but over a longer period of time. So, stick with it, start mild, and build it in gradually. Although choosing between the variations can become a confusing task when looking at products. The Dermalogica skin-health first approach removes this confusion through its special formula of multiple retinoids.

The Retinol Serum has a 3.5% retinoid complex with booster technology, mixing multiple retinoids that are working at different speeds to help transform the skin. It reverses the appearance of wrinkles, pores, uneven skin tone and texturizers the skin. Seeing results in as little as two weeks! Plus, almost everyone can use it because of the mix of skin-strengthening ingredients.


How do I incorporate retinol into my skincare routine?

It is no secret that retinol can cause some undesirable side effects, or fail to show any results. That is why it is important to know how to incorporate it correctly. If you are new to retinoids, the key is to introduce it slowly. To allow your skin to build retinoid receptors. Dry, irritated skin is a good sign that you are going too fast or too strong. 

Use the Dermalogica Skin Retinol Serum twice a week, a few days apart. Continue this process for 4-6 weeks. You can then use it nightly, if you already use it comfortably you can introduce it nightly immediately. Apply a thin layer after cleansing, staying clear of the eye area, follow with a moisturizer and always wear SPF during the day.

We hope this has helped you understand retinol, how it can impact our skin – positively and negatively, and how to incorporate it into your skincare routine. The Dermalogica Skin Retinol Serum formula can help you navigate getting results while avoiding any negative side effects.