Hi, I’m Natasha with LovelySkin.com. Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is used to reduce the appearance of signs of aging. This ingredient works by boosting collagen production and cellular turnover to reduce fine lines, dark spots and even acne.
Retinols are typically found in the form of creams, lotions and serums for the face, lips, eyes and hands.
When using retinol for the first time, it’s best to start using the formula sparingly for a few weeks before keeping it on every night. Try applying your treatment every three days for one to two weeks and increase use by one day until you are applying the retinol every day. If you begin use too quickly, your skin may become irritated, red and highly sensitive.
Use only a pea-size amount to avoid irritation. More product will not provide faster or more visible results. It’s also important to use your retinol at night only and wear a sunscreen during the day.
If you have sensitive skin, try a slow-release formula that provides retinol over a long period of time.
Dry skin types should look for a retinol cream with a moisturizing base to avoid dryness.
Those with oily skin should look for lighter formulas like a gel, serum or lotion.