We have spoken to dermatologists, skin care specialist and chemists who formulate their own skin care ranges and the common theme is loud and clear – there is one ingredient that everyone should be using, especially after 40, and that is retinol. Not only do the experts endorse this active ingredient but the jury of the people is in, retinol products work. But are they all created equal? Can we use more and get better results? As an activie ingredient, are they suitable for all skin types and what can we blend them with? Skincare isn’t as simple as it used to be but with some guidance, there are manageable routines that truly make a diference.
We ask skin expert, Gina Cook from Ella Bache to give it to us straight about retinol myths and facts. Cut out the noise and ease into a retinol routine that is right for you and please share with us what you think here!
- Is it too late to use retinol past 50?
Definitely not. Retinol will work as a perfect anti-ageing boost in any skin solution. We use encapsulated retinol that slowly is absorbed into the skin (to avoid sensitising it) and have blended it with a host of key performing support ingredients that work synergistically together.
- What do you need to look for when finding a retinol – is percentage enough?
Percentage is important, along with the type of vitamin A derivative, as there are quite a few. It is important to have encapsulated retinol as it has a targeted release, meaning less irritation but still works where it needs to.
- How do you edge into retinol?
Our approach is personalising the use of retinol, no two skins are alike, so we need to make sure you are using retinol correctly to get the best result. Sometimes, your skin needs strengthening and a transition into using retinol effectively. Applying too much too soon can be quite irritating.
To get the best results from your retinol, we recommend:
Step 1 – Skin consultation and diagnosis with an Ella Baché therapist
Step 2 – Your personalised home care solution
Step 3 – Your personalised treatment plan
- What can and can’t retinol be used with?
When first using retinol, we don’t recommend mixing with highly active ingredients, until your skin is strong and tolerant. However, when using Retinol based products, the skin will love intensive hydration along with extra nourishing products if your skin is generally quite dry.
- What skin types shouldn’t use retinol?
If you have highly sensitive or stripped skin (i.e. that doesn’t have a protective barrier function), or have rosacea; retinol may be not recommended for you. However, we do advise you having a skin consultation and diagnosis with an Ella Baché therapist, who will then be able to personally advise if retinol is the right product for you!
- What if my skin reacts, do I stop and never go back?
There often can be a reaction when you first start using retinol-based products, however generally it will subside as your skin build its tolerance. You can also use a buffer cream – we recommend Ella Bache Emulsion Tomate be applied prior to your retinol application. This will slow the retinol absorption into your skin allowing for a softer approach.
- Is it really as great as people say? Can you please provide some background about Ella Baches Retinol Night Serum? What was the lead up in developing this first for Ella Bache – why did they not rush in?
Yes! We have worked on this product and its evolution for over a year. Our approach and vision was to create a form of retinol that had a superior effect on the skin, was encapsulated for slow delivery while also containing ingredients that harnessed and supported the retinol while it does its miraculous work. We had a big checklist! Within weeks, our retinol works to smooth your fine lines, even skin tone and create a beautiful smooth skin texture.
- Suggestions of myth busters
Myth 1: Expecting instant results from retinol.
Truth: It takes a little bit of time and patience for Retinol to do its magic!
Myth 2: Stinging means I’m allergic to retinol.
Truth: Not necessarily! Your skin may just need to build up its tolerance.
Myth 3: More is better
Truth: Absolutely not. Let the skin adjust slowly into using retinol more often.