Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Betterbeau­ty -

Retinol can cause dry­ness, red­ness and flak­ing, but don’t be con­cerned – by eas­ing it in to your regime you’ll avoid a rough tran­si­tion. The for­mu­la­tions of­ten come mixed with sooth­ing and hy­drat­ing in­gre­di­ents such as hyaluronic acid to help coun­ter­act the po­ten­tial for ir­ri­ta­tion. The right time to ap­ply a retinol prod­uct is at night, to clean, dry skin. Very lit­tle is re­quired. For ex­am­ple, if the prod­uct comes with a pump, you’ll only need one pea‑size pump for your face and two if you’re ap­ply­ing to your neck and chest. Fol­low with your regular night cream, un­less oth­er­wise ad­vised. Dur­ing the day, ap­ply sun­screen. Retinols don’t make your skin any more sen­si­tive to the sun than ex­fo­li­a­tion, but the in­gre­di­ent it­self is sen­si­tive to sun­light. Pro­tect­ing your skin from sun dam­age makes good sense re­gard­less.

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