Tips How to get started with using a retinol in your skincare

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Jun 14, 2020
Retinol is fantastic for lightening your skin that may be affected by acne scaring, and ageing (wrinkles).

Retinol is a Vitamin A and an antioxidant, and one of the most effective ingredients for anti-aging because of its ability to produce collagen and regenerate cells.

Getting started with a retinol can be scary, so here's a few steps you can do to introduce it into your skincare.

Picking a retinol
There are different types, so picking the one that's best for your skin is crucial. Retinoic Acid is prescribed by a doctor and it's made naturally by our skin (this is the most bioavailable form of retinol). Due to it being a stronger product, as it's prescribed by a doctor, it usually dries out the skin a lot more than an over-the-counter retinol.

If you want to get started right away, I'd recommend products such as:

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
Purchase from: Deciem, BeautyBay, CultBeauty

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
Purchase from: Deciem, BeautyBay

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% Emulsion
Purchase from: Deciem, CultBeauty, Lookfantastic

The Inkey List Retinol Serum
Purchase from: CultBeauty, Lookfantastic, Feelunique

Formula and ingredients are important when layering
It's recommended to look for the following ingredients when picking out a retinol, or to use as layering once a retinol has been applied to the skin, as they can help reduce breakouts and inflammation: Jojoba Oil, Salicylic acid, and Hyaluronic acid.

Start slow and work your way up
Work up a tolerance to a retinol, don't apply to your entire face twice a day - that'll be bad for your skin. It's best to start with a little bit, maybe start by using it as a spot treatment (like patch testing) or mix it in with a moisturiser.

Using the product every other day is best to start off with, and then over the course of a few weeks increase the amount/how often you use to nightly.

You can use a retinol either morning, or evening as part of your skincare routine.

You may not see results straight away but if your skin hasn't worsened, stick with the product for at least a month to see effects.

Sunscreen, use it
Don't forget to finish up with a sunscreen in your routine, especially after using a retinol, this is because it temporary thins your skin as it's working faster to regenerate, so it'll be more susceptible to the Sun.

We hope this helps your routine! If you have any questions, please ask away, or start a thread in the Skin Concerns sub-forum. :)


New member
Jan 19, 2021
Thank you Ellen for sharing information regarding use of retinol for skincare. I like to add one line that newbie should start it with 0.025% of low dose, Thanks.


New member
Feb 24, 2021
Hi, Elen! Yes I know, the retinoids are very popular ones now and go along with vitamin C popularity, I have several of them, maybe I even will post a photo of them. So I was using it with so much hope that it will change everything in my skin. And there was some result, the lightening one... but.. then I start using PEPTIDES and it was a very good result with that, very hydrates and nourishes, even sometimes the cream is not needed to apply if you have such serums.

Best regards,
Jenny Ales


New member
Mar 8, 2021
One of the most effective skincare tips recommended is to use retinol. There are many benefits of retinol, still, people are afraid to incorporate it into their routine. They are hesitant as to how it will react to their skin. While it may seem difficult to incorporate it into your everyday life, it is actually simple if you follow few steps:
1.Apply it in the night. That is the best time to apply as it is sensitive to the light.
2. Apply it twice a week and not every day. Test it for some time and if you are not having any side effects u can make it thrice a week.
3. You don't require a lot of it. Just have a pea-size amount and you are good to go!
4. For better effect mix it with your moisturizer and then apply. This will further avoid dryness.
5. Retinol is amongst one of those skincare tips which takes time to show results. It takes more than 12 weeks. So be patient.