Retinol is that holy grail ingredient that everyone is talking about nowadays, and it could be the miracle worker in treating some of your most annoying skincare problems! But with so many different serums on the market, it's hard to pick the right one to start incorporating into your routine. Look no further! Here is one that is great for beginners out there looking to dabble into the world of retinol.
Algenist ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum - $98 on Sephora
✨Vegan retinol serum encapsulated with green algae and patented Alguronic Acid
✨Designed to help visibly smooth, tone, and improve overall radiance and firmness
✨30ml size container with pump
✨Soft cream consistency, easy to smooth over whole face, not too thin or rich
🥇Key Ingredient: Retinol🥇
🎗Retinol is a type of retinoid, a huge family of compounds derived from Vitamin A
🎗Retinol will first be converted by the skin into retinoid acid (which is also available directly through prescription)
🎗Retinoid acid can bind with receptors on our skin cells, which leads to improvements like clear, smoother skin and tighter pores
🎗Different products may have different concentrations of retinol (0.1%, 0.25%, 0.5%, 1%). Higher concentration means faster and more efficient results, but also means higher chance of peeling and other reactions. For concentrations higher than 0.1%, most skin types will have to build up tolerance slowly, starting from 1-2 times/week.
🙇🏻♀️How I Use🙇🏻♀️
💅🏻Usually apply as the first step after cleansing and toning
💅🏻Follow with other serums (if using) and a moisturizer, and SPF if using during day time
💅🏻My skin type is combination with no particularly dry or oily spots. Was able to incorporate the serum daily with no tolerance buildup.
💅🏻Recommended that people with sensitive skin start with a lower frequency (1-2 times/week) to build tolerance
💅🏻Two to three pumps for the full face
What's your routine??