Why Is Retinol Trending & How Does It Help Your Skin? Here's What You Need To Know

This essential ingredient works best when applied topically at night.

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Retinol has been a buzzword in skincare for the longest time, and for good reason

As a type of retinoid which is derived from vitamin A, it is commonly used to treat various skin concerns. How it works is the tiny molecules that make up retinol penetrates your dermis, which is located deep within the epidermis (outer layer of skin). This neutralises the free radicles and increases skin cell turnover, stimulating the growth of new cells.

As a result, retinol is an essential ingredient used to treat acne and visible signs of ageing. That's why you'll find most creams and serums incorporating this 'miracle' skincare ingredient, as it brings plenty of benefits when applied topically! :D

When adding products that contain retinol to your beauty routine, it's recommended to use them once or twice per week, especially if you have sensitive skin

First and foremost, you'll want to do a patch test on your skin to see how it reacts to retinol. This goes to all you sensitive skin peeps out there!  

If all is well, then you can start off by using retinol once or twice a week. While it's best to use it during your nightly routine, you can also use retinol during the day. However, you should apply sunscreen after retinol, as it can make your skin susceptible to sunburns.

When carrying out your skincare routine, New York City dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry recommends "the sandwich method" after using cleanser. First, use moisturiser, then retinol (or retinoid), and then apply moisturiser on top of that to help reduce the chances of irritation.

If you're currently on the lookout for trusted products that contain retinol, check out Kiehl's Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum that you can use during the day

According to Kiehl's Global Scientific Director, Dr. Nancy Ilaya, the Micro-Dose Retinol Serum is formulated with ceramides and peptides to gradually provide retinol skin benefits without discomfort.

"It is ideal for first-time retinol users and all skin types. It works from day one and can be used daily — morning, at night, or both — to gradually accelerate skin cell turnover and diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles with minimal or almost no retinisation period," she said.

Plus, if you’re looking to upgrade your current retinol routine,
Kiehl's has just launched their Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum

Dr. Nancy says the Micro-Dose Retinol Serum and the new Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum are designed for different purposes.

"Unlike Micro-Dose Retinol, Fast Release Retinol is designed to be used at night and on skin that's used to retinol. The ultra-lightweight serum formula was designed to quickly absorb into skin, while keeping retinol separate and activating at the point of first application which helps ensure the protection of retinol is optimised," she said.

Containing 0.3% pure retinol, this fast-absorbing serum penetrates up to 15 skin surface layers deep to accelerate skin renewal, bringing fresh new skin cells to the surface for a more revitalised, youthful-looking complexion.

In a clinical product study, the participants' skin showed visible improvement in the appearance of fine lines in just five days, as well as a reduction in wrinkles, and refined texture after two weeks of nightly use.*

Plus, in an eight-week consumer perception study, 80% of participants visibly demonstrated a reduction in wrinkles, including deep-set and stubborn wrinkles.**

The results from these studies goes to show how well this serum works when it comes to treating ageing skin! :D

* Based on expert grading in a 10-week clinical study with 52 Asian panelists
** Based on a consumer study with 71 panelists

Wanna know the best part? You can sign up for a Retinol Sample Kit so you can patch-test the product first, yay!

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With their new campaign, 'We Skincare About You Since 1851', Kiehl's is dedicated to building personal connections with their customers by listening to their needs and helping to solve their skin concerns through personal consultations.

This includes allowing potential customers to find out which formula works best for them by offering samples of their Retinol formulas! You can sign up for their samples here.

Plus, Kiehl's will be organising a 'We Skincare About You' event at Mid Valley Megamall from 19 to 25 September! You'll be able to learn more about Kiehl's sustainability efforts through interactive games, bring home custom merchandise, and even get a complimentary skin consultation. Hurry and RSVP for the event here.

To find out more about Kiehl's retinol products, head over to their website

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