Retinol is a potent ingredient that boosts skin cell turnover, which means that old skin cells are replaced with new ones at a faster pace than before. Although this helps to prevent acne and early indications of aging, it creates photosensitivity in your skin. This means you will burn easily in sunlight. Sunscreen becomes indispensable in such a situation. So how exactly retinol and sunscreen can be the powerhouse against aging that we’re claiming? Read on to find out.

How do you incorporate retinol into your skincare routine?

Retinol can be tough to include in your beauty routine if you don't pick the proper product and apply it at the right time of day. Retinol is highly potent and deeply penetrates the skin. As a result, because the component is new to your skin, your skin may need some time to adjust to it. To make the initial stages of applying retinol easy and to avoid purging, it is best to use a gentle form of retinol that also has a low concentration of 0.01 to 0.03% only.

Although it's not easy to find such retinol to get you started, we've come up with the most gentle version of retinol with the Foxtale Vit-A-Lity Retinol night serum. It contains encapsulated retinol, a modern innovation that only begins to act once an ingredient enclosed in a capsule has penetrated deeply into your skin. This doesn't cause any purging and yields benefit two times faster than regular retinol.

As a beginner, only apply retinol at night once every week and then once your skin gets adjusted to the product, gradually increase its frequency. Do note that all retinol formulations take around 10 to 12 weeks of consistent usage to show results on the skin. However, with the Foxtale retinol serum, you can expect to see changes within 8 weeks!

Since retinol makes the skin photosensitive and can cause burning, redness, and inflammation in the sun, it is recommended that you use retinol at night. This is why daily use of sunscreen is necessary to improve protection, whether or not you have applied retinol.

New to retinol? Here are some precautions to take with the help of sunscreen

Although retinol offers many advantages, you cannot take full use of them if you do not wear sunscreen. Furthermore, avoiding wearing sunscreen when following a retinol-intensive skincare regimen can exacerbate the negative effects. When using retinol in your skincare routine, take the following precautions:

Avoid prolonged sun exposure

As retinol promotes photosensitivity, it is not surprising that this is the first precaution to take. Avoiding sun exposure the next morning after applying retinol will protect you from heat burns. If you must go out in the sun, apply a high-quality sunscreen with an SPF of 50, a PA++++ rating, and a broad spectrum feature. Use protective accessories like sunglasses, a hat, a scarf, or an umbrella for added protection.

Never forego sunscreen

This is yet another obvious safety measure. If you use retinol in your skincare, there is no way you can overlook sunscreen. While retinol can significantly diminish fine lines and prevent them, sunlight causes photoaging. Skipping sunscreen means you are canceling the benefits of retinol. On the other hand, sunscreen enhances the benefits of retinol by manifolds.

Antioxidants for better sun protection for the win

The best way to protect your skin is with a standard sunscreen with SPF 50, but what's even better is if your sunscreen has antioxidants like niacinamide. Niacinamide is a fantastic component for strengthening the skin barrier and enhancing skin texture. It provides a protective barrier against external radicals over the skin. As a primary ingredient in the Foxtale Mattifying Cover-Up sunscreen, it also assists in controlling the production of oil on your skin. Additionally, the ingredient makes the sunscreen's texture a dream to apply, blend, and absorb. It is truly a multi-tasker. All these together ensure retinol can have the maximum impact on your skin.

Benefits of using retinol and sunscreen

To safeguard your most valuable asset, your skin, sunscreen is all you need. If you've ever struggled with acne, anti-aging, or hyperpigmentation, retinol may seem miraculous. Sunscreen gives your retinol a helping hand while it works to treat these skin problems. Wearing sunscreen not only offers much-needed protection from the sun, but also aids in maintaining the effectiveness of your topical retinoids.

In conclusion, it is accurate to state that sunscreen and retinol work well together. Only when you are committed to using sunscreen will you get the most benefit from retinol.