I had always been under the impression that retinol was supposed to be irritable to your skin in order for it to be effective. There are a ton of misconceptions around retinol. With over 5,000 new retinol products hitting our shelves in just the past three years, the choices can be overwhelming. I’m here to tell you that retinol can be gentle, affordable, and very beneficial to the health of your skin. Many of you submitted your retinol-related questions to me through Instagram and I’ll be answering them right here 🙂
This blog post is sponsored by Olay, meaning that I am being paid to write this blog post. I am extraordinarily selective with which companies I work with and only work with companies that I would buy for myself. I’ve been using Olay products since childhood, and have been using the Olay Retinol24 line for months now and have noticed a significant & positive change in my skin since. Olay Retinol24 is available as a Night Serum, Night Moisturizer or Night Eye Cream. You can use them all, or just one, the formula is the same but it depends on what you like better.
BEFORE & AFTER
My skin is more moisturized, my pores are visibly smaller. This moisturizer is definitely doing the trick!
ANSWERING YOUR RETINOL QUESTIONS
What does it actually do?
Retinol is derived from Vitamin A. It’s gained so much popularity because it can visibly improve your skin. It promotes cell turnover, making way for new, bright, smooth skin.
Can I use these products while I breastfeed?
This is a bit of a tricky one. I would recommend incorporating retinol AFTER you are finished breastfeeding. Many women (aka moi) also experience dark spots and deeper fine lines after having a baby, so it’s a great time to begin using retinol to combat those common postpartum skincare woes. But it’s best to speak to your doctor about what’s right for you!
Does it help with fine lines?
Absolutely. More than any other product in my skincare regime, retinol is the biggest game-changer in terms of preventing and lessening those fine lines. Retinol could practically be synonymous with plump skin because it stimulates collagen production.
How much are the Olay retinol products?
Prices for products will vary on where you purchase them. If you buy a prestigious product it could cost you hundreds of dollars. But what’s great about the Olay Retinol24 products is that they are affordable! All three products are around $40 each. The price is the same for all three products in the lineup. And best of all, it actually works better than most prestige retinols!
Is retinol considered an “active ingredient”?
Yes. All this means is that retinol is playing an active role in improving the appearance of your skin. It’s nothing to be scared of! Retinol is a powerful ingredient and when formulated properly it can really help your skin, without drying it out or irritating it. Retinol is an extraordinarily sensitive ingredient and not all formulas are produced equally.
Can I use my existing 1% retinol plus the Olay retinol eye cream?
You can! Although, I would caution against making your purchasing decisions solely based on the retinol percentage. A higher percentage does not necessarily mean it is more effective. A company can put as much retinol inside a product as they like but if it’s not stable, it won’t be absorbed into your skin, and therefore it won’t be effective, and it could irritate your skin. The focus should be on how much retinol is actually penetrating your skin, rather than the percentage number on the bottle. So be sure to do your research and choose a brand with a longstanding history.
With regards to the eye cream – absolutely you can use it with your current retinol cream. The Olay Retinol Eye Cream is specifically formulated for the most sensitive & wrinkle-prone spot on our faces. It’s a thicker formula, designed to stay in place so there is less likelihood of it running into your eyes.
Does retinol lighten dark age/sun spots?
Sure does! I really wish that I had started using retinol in my 20s to prevent the dark spots that began to appear. It’s a phenomenal prevention tool as well as a correction tool due to its promotion of cell turnover.
I don’t use any products on my face and I have very clear skin. I’m wondering if I’m missing out on the benefits of a skincare routine but afraid I will breakout or ruin my skin. I also like staying away from ingredients I cannot pronounce.
Well for starters, congrats girl – clear skin is the goal! If you would like to keep your skin young, plump and blemish-free, I would absolutely begin a preventative skincare routine. That starts with a good cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF! Those are your three must-haves. Retinol can be a great preventative tool (especially Olay Retinol24 since it’s so gentle) but I think that’s something you can add in a bit later.
In terms of ingredients, all retinol is, is a form of vitamin A and I’m sure you’ve heard of that before! And if you look at Olay Retinol24’s ingredient list you might see a word Niacinamide – all that is Vitamin B3!
CLEARING UP A COMMON RETINOL MISCONCEPTION
Now back to my initial misconception that retinol was SUPPOSED to cause irritation in order to be effective. What a silly thought. If retinol is formulated correctly, it should NOT cause any irritation. Olay Retinol24 only uses necessary ingredients – that means no fragrances, dyes or sulfates! So, it’s no surprise that I had zero irritation even with daily use.
What I love most about retinol is that there is a noticeable difference when you wake up in the morning. To me, it looks like a fresh exfoliation each morning. Those dull cells have turned it into bright, smooth skin. This results in an even complexion and less visible pores.
WHICH ONE SHOULD I USE?
There are three products in the Olay Retinol24 lineup – a nighttime moisturizer, an eye cream, as well as a serum. Personally, I have a serum that I already love so I chose to only use the nighttime moisturizer. You don’t have to use all three, although you certainly can if you like to keep everything uniform! The formula is the same in all three products but the difference is the texture and form. The nighttime moisturizer is silky and very moisturizing. The eye cream is thicker because it’s meant to stay in place so it doesn’t run into your eyes. The serum is more liquid and a great product to pair underneath your nighttime moisturizer.
Love, peace & bright, smooth skin