Whenever you come across a famous celebrity's picture in a magazine, do you also think, "How does she have skin that’s so soft and smooth despite being old?" What if we tell you, even you have the golden ticket to skin that's supple, radiant, and flawless? One word- Retinol. It is the most powerful weapon you'll possess in your fight against ageing. It increases collagen production and reduces the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. It's a product you need to keep an eye out for. 

When it comes to retinol, we have a lot of questions in our minds. “What if my skin purges out?” “What if I have an allergic reaction?” “What if I don't see the desired results quickly?” You’ll be glad to know, Foxtale’s Retinol Anti ageing night serum will help calm all your anxieties with its ability to deliver effective results. Its unique quality? It contains 0.15% encapsulated retinol, a milder but still powerful form of retinol that has shown 2x faster reduction in signs of ageing when compared to its other forms.  

This article will provide you with all the hacks and little details you need to keep in mind while using this product. Let’s not keep you waiting anymore and dive into the world of Retinol. 

What is retinol? 

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. It is known to support cell turnover and stimulates collagen production. It can penetrate the stratum corneum layer of the skin as well as a deeper layer known as the dermis. It is a milder retinoid that is available in over-the-counter skincare treatments. Retinol is very effective in treating minor cases of acne. As we grow older, the rate of cell renewal slows down. Using retinol regularly aids in making the skin more radiant and gives you an ever-lasting glow. 

Benefits of Retinol 

1)  Fights signs of ageing 

When you use retinol in your routine, you're signing up for a lifetime of youthful skin. It encourages the production of collagen, which is responsible for making the tissues strong and binding. It also reduces water loss from the skin, which is key to plump skin.  

2) Eliminates acne

Using retinol helps unclog pores and clears the skin, which reduces the likelihood of future breakouts. Less acne means fewer scars. Also, retinol aids in the reduction of inflammation by inhibiting the molecules that cause it. 

3) Improves skin’s appearance 

Due to its ability to stimulate collagen production and cell turnover, the appearance of the skin is improved. You can bid goodbye to skin problems like hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone now! 

Skincare routine for retinol

Step 1- Cleanse your face 

Before starting your skincare routine, you need your face to be well-prepped. Washing your face with a mild and gentle cleanser is a great way to do that. You can try Foxtale's Daily duet cleanser, which removes dirt and grime from your face, leaving it hydrated and ready for your next skincare routine.  

foxtale hydrating cleanser

Step 2-  Apply an eye gel

The skin around the eyes is the thinnest and most delicate part. Due to this, it is often subject to irritants. Applying an eye gel will help give the extra nourishment it deserves, and Foxtale's eye candy firming eye gel is just the right fit for it. 

Foxtale eye gel

Step 3- Time for Retinol

The moment you've been waiting for has finally arrived. It's time to apply retinol. Take a pea-sized amount of Foxtale's Retinol Anti Ageing Night serum and apply it evenly on your face. Use it twice a week to make your skin get used to it. Gradually you can increase the usage. Remember, with retinol the phrase "less is more" needs to be followed. 

Foxtale retinol

Step 4- Lock in moisture 

Top it off with a moisturizer that will help your skin adjust well to the retinol. Using Foxtale's smoothening moisturizer will prevent your skin from drying out and make it feel rich and bouncy. 

foxtale hydrating moisturizer

Step 5- Use a high-SPF sunscreen

Your routine does not end here. Follow up with applying sunscreen the next day. Why is it crucial? After applying retinol, your skin becomes more sensitive to UV radiation which makes you prone to sunburn and irritation. If you have dry skin, you can trust Foxtale’s dewy finish sunscreen to provide you with the best sun protection, along with leaving your skin well moisturized.

foxtale dewy sunscreen

Drawbacks of Retinol 

Retinol is suitable for every skin type, but those with sensitive skin may show more side effects. However, retinol tolerance can be increased in people with sensitive skin by sandwiching it with another product. Applying retinol between two layers of moisturizer will make your skin less irritated by the product. 

Can all skin types use retinol? 

People with sensitive skin need to be careful while using this product as they might not be able to adjust to the ingredient. If you're struggling with skin conditions like rosacea or eczema, you can check with your dermatologist before incorporating retinol into your routine. 

At what age should you start using retinol? 

To avail of the best anti-ageing benefits, you can start using retinol in your mid-20s or early 30s. Gradually introduce retinol to your skincare routine, twice a week will do. 

Conclusion

With the benefits Retinol has to offer, we’re pretty sure all of you cannot wait to get your hands on it. With the right care and caution, you can make the best out of it. So, the next time someone asks you the secret to your youthful and taut skin, you know what to say! 

FAQs

1.Is it good to use retinol every day?

No, it is advised to apply retinol twice a week. Slowly, when your skin is used to it, you can apply it every alternate night. 

2.What does retinol do to your skin at first?

Retinol might cause some amount of purging, and peeling. But do know that it happens initially and will disappear after 2-3 weeks. 

3.What are the Dos and don'ts of using retinol?

Dos
  1) Since the skin is more sensitive after applying retinol, follow up with sunscreen the next day. 
2) Use retinol only at night to avoid exposure to the sun which might cause burns. 
Don'ts 
1) Retinol should not be combined with vitamin C, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid.  
2) Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use retinol.

4.What not to mix with retinol?

Retinol should not be mixed with vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide, and AHA/BHA acids. Since AHA and BHA acids have exfoliating properties, they can dry out the skin, which will irritate it further. 

5.What type of skin should not use retinol?

People with sensitive, inflamed, and easily-irritated skin need to use retinol carefully, otherwise, it is safe for all skin types. 

6.Should you put anything on your face after retinol?

Yes, you can apply a moisturizer on your face. The next day, you need to follow up with sunscreen (it’s a must).

7.What should I put on my face before using retinol?

You can apply a moisturizer before using retinol to prevent your skin from getting irritated. 

8.Which sunscreen should I use for oily skin with Retinol? 

You can use Foxtale’s matte finish sunscreen, which acts as the best defense against UV rays without leaving a white cast or an oily finish on the skin.