22 Mar Best Retinol: Using the correct formula for YOUR skin.
What is the best retinol formula for your particular skin?
Retinol is key in the world of anti-aging skincare, and it can work wonders for your skin when it’s used in the right balance.
There’s a misconception that in order for a retinol product to work for you, your skin should flake or peel and show signs of irritation. Not good…
If your skin is red and flaking from a retinol product, either over the counter or prescription, it’s time to stop doing that to your skin. Red, flaking skin is inflamed skin. We want to do whatever we can to keep our skin plump and moist, not thin, flaking, and inflamed. Chronic inflammation can and will cause premature aging. Chronic inflammation breaks down collagen.
My goal is to preserve the collagen that we have in our skin, as well as stimulate new collagen production.
How to use the right amount of retinol to get optimal results for your particular skin.
Mixing it 50/50 is what works perfectly for clients who want a stronger Retinol formula, but find Retinol Formula II to be too strong for them. Put one squirt of each formula in the palm of your hand and mix them together. Unless your skin is already acclimated to any form of Tretinoin, you really need to start out by using the regular All-Trans Retinol 2.0% Formula I, and use it for at least 6 months before introducing Formula II to your skin.
Here are my suggestions for attaining the correct balance for your skin, based on sensitivity level:
- Hearty skin that’s accustomed to using Tretinoin with no irritation: You can use All-Trans Retinol 2.0% Formula II by itself without mixing it.
- Normal skin with areas of sensitivity (like mine): Mix it 50/50. If you get any irritation with this mixture, use it every other night only and see how that goes. If you still experience any irritation at all (you shouldn’t), mix it at 60/40.
- Sensitive Skin: Mix it 75/25. If you get any irritation with this mixture, use it every other night only and see how that goes. If you experience any irritation at all, try a mixture of 80/20.
- Very Sensitive Skin/Rosacea: I do not recommend using Formula II. The regular All-Trans Retinol 2.0% Formula I is non-irritating to about 93% of our clients. Its success is due to the time released delivery system as well as the trans-retinol being encapsulated in liposomes. For the 7% or so that it’s too still too strong for, I recommend mixing it with our Corrective Face Oil Cocktail for Sensitive / Rosacea Skin types.
Thank you! Nanci