Everything You Need to Know About Retinol


Why is everybody talking about Retinol? Should I be using Retinol in my skincare routine? If you’ve ever asked these questions we hope this helps:

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First things first – what is Retinol?

Retinol is a largely tested ingredient that has been proven to help reverse the signs of ageing – you read that right! Retinol can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, pores and skin blemishes. The result? More even-toned, brighter, healthy-looking skin.

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How does Retinol work?

Retinol (a type of Retinoid, derived from Vitamin A) speeds up the natural turnover of skin cells, which usually takes around 4 to 6 weeks. Dull and more pigmented superficial skin cells renew more quickly, bringing new skin cells to the surface for a more even, smoother complexion.

Applying Obagi Retinol will also increase the skin’s natural production of collagen, helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Obagi Retinol also includes hydrating Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter to keep your skin thoroughly hydrated and soothed, and the entrapped Retinol is gradually released to help minimise any possible irritation.

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When should I use Retinol in my skincare routine?

Although this wonderful ingredient has plenty of benefits, it is often introduced slowly to further reduce irritation. Retinoids can cause skin to become dry whilst your skin builds up tolerance to the ingredient. Applying Retinol once or twice week at night, then building gradually as recommended by your skincare professional will give you optimal results.

Use Retinol after cleansing and toning the skin and smooth a pea-sized amount onto your face and neck until fully absorbed. Leave out Retinol in your morning routine, but always apply a generous amount of SPF to protect your new skin cells which can be particularly sensitive to sunlight. 

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What age should I start using Retinol?

One of the most frequently asked questions about Retinol is when to start using it, and the answer is, this differs for everyone! Since Retinol can help prevent and address the early signs of ageing, for most people this will be in your 20’s or 30’s. The great thing about Retinol is it’s never too late to see the ingredient’s benefits. Your Obagi Professional will be able to assess your skins needs and recommend the best strength for you.

Obagi offers Retinol 0.5 within the OBAGI360 System, best for those new to skincare or those with sensitive skin, while Obagi® Retinol 1.0 is available separately for those who are familiar with Retinoids.

There you have it! Everything you need to know about Retinol. We hope we have answered all of your questions. Contact your nearest Obagi Clinic using our Clinic Finder for product-specific advice, and join the conversation on social media @obagiuk


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