This post is in partnership with Olay – all opinions and reviews are my own.
I’ve talked about the benefits of using a retinol in your skincare routine for many years. I have personally used some form of retinol for a long time and I tend to have a love/hate relationship with the prescription retinols. For me, they tend to make my skin red, irritated, and peel so bad that it looks like I stuck my face in a lay’s potato chip bag. I know the exfoliation is a good thing, but I think there’s something to be said for subtle and light exfoliation versus the intense peeling you get with using a prescription retinol.
For the past four weeks I have been using Olay’s new Retinol24 serum and I have been very pleased with the results. Olay created this Retinol24 collection to be a multi-tasking product line, giving women improvements in fine lines & wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores. You might be wondering how Retinol24 products are different than others and the answer is the formulation – Retinol24 is made with an unprecedented combination of B3 plus a transformative Retinoid complex that includes two different types of retinol.
I know there is a lot of hesitation and questions around incorporating a retinol into your skincare routine so I will try to answer some of the top questions that I get about it for you in this post.
What does retinol do for your face?
In my experience and use of the Retinol24 serum, I have noticed that my skin is benefiting from a retinol without the peeling and irritation I experienced with prescription creams. My complexion appears to be more even, brighter, and hydrated. I also feel like my pores are less noticeable and I can go without wearing foundation because my skin is smoother and my skin tone is more even.
Which products have the highest amount of retinol?
The amount of retinol doesn’t matter as much as the way it’s combined with the other ingredients. Retinol is a difficult ingredient to formulate because it degrades when it’s exposed to air, sun and heat. Olay has developed a proprietary formula that remains stable and potent from the first time you use it to the last time. The Olay Retinol24 includes vitamin b3 plus a retinoid complex to hydrate better than the #1 bestselling retinol.
Should I use retinol before or after I moisturize?
Since the Olay Retinol24 collection is made up of three products, it’s easier to find a perfect place in your skincare routine for a retinol. I personally like the Retinol24 serum the best and I like to use this after I have cleansed my face and before moisturizing. The serum is lightweight and easy to use, and it doesn’t feel heavy or irritating at all.
What are the typical side effects of retinol?
I have used every retinol imaginable and I have experienced all kinds of side effects. Nothing too crazy, but most of the powerful prescription creams made my skin red, flaky, dry and irritated. The thing I like about the Retinol24 serum is that it didn’t cause me to peel at all and the goal isn’t to make your skin flake off. A retinol doesn’t have to irritate your skin to work. Of course, everyone’s skin is different, and people will experience different things, but this is just my personal experience.
I hope this post has been helpful and informative and will aide you in incorporating a retinol into your own skincare routine.