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. Almost anyone that is older with amazing skin usually says that their #1 secret is using a retinol product. I know the exfoliation is a good thing, but I think there’s something to be said for subtle and light exfoliation and the constant regeneration of new skin on your face.
Personally, people always ask me what retinol they should be using and the answer is that it’s really up to you to find one you like. There are so many different brands, strengths, and formulas out there. Believe it or not, Retinol is the #1 most searched skin care ingredient on Google, it’s the #1 most dermatologist recommended ingredient and there have been more than 5,000 new retinol products launched globally since 2016. However, more than half of women who have used a retinol, gave up after less than one month because they either experienced irritation, thought it was too expensive, or they didn’t see results.
That’s why Olay created the Retinol24 collection, giving women visible improvements in fine lines & wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores. Retinol24 is formulated with an unprecedented combination of B3 plus Olay’s most transformative Retinoid Complex, including two types of retinol. Olay Retinol24 is optimized for potency and skin penetration, while simultaneously providing an indulgent 24 hours of hydration and virtually no irritation.
For the past four weeks I have been using Olay’s Retinol24 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:
Remember from above that it is made from a combination of vitamin B3 plus Olay’s Retinoid Complex. The best part is that you don’t have to have a prescription, you can just go to your local Target and pick
up some with their convenient curbside pick up! This product is a favorite amongst Allure magazine beauty editors, who put out the Best of Beauty picks every year.
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, 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 (a moisturizer, a serum and an eye
cream), you do not need all three as a regimen, you can just pick one that fits into your routine. I personally like the Retinol24 moisturizer the best and I like to use this after I have cleansed my face. The product 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 Olay’s Retinol24 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.