Ingredient Glossary

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Retinol

What does it do?

Retinol is a powerhouse ingredient that works to speed up the turnover of skin cells, resulting in more youthful, radiant and even-toned skin. After SPF, Retinol is arguably the most powerful topical ingredient to prevent the signs of premature ageing and reverse them if they have already appeared. It also can help to prevent blemishes and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Where does it originate from?

Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A. It can be derived from animal sources, but we use a synthetic, low-irritation version to ensure our formulations are vegan-friendly and more gentle to skin.

When should I use it?

Retinol should only be applied at night as it increases skin sensitivity to UV rays. Always apply Retinol to dry skin to minimise the likelihood for irritation. Build up usage slowly, introducing it into your regime once a week and building up to more frequent use, and follow with barrier protecting products. Even once you have built up a tolerance, you do not need to use a Retinol product more than 3-4 times per week.

What skin type is it best suited to?

Retinol is best suited to mature skin, but it can also benefit those with oily skin or uneven skin tone. If your skin is sensitive approach the ingredient with caution and always carry out a patch test.

What should it not be used with?

Only use one Retinol product at a time, and remember, Retinol shouldn't be used with AHAs or Benzoyl Peroxide. If you use Vitamin C, apply it in the morning rather than layering it with your Retinol in the evening.

What else do I need to know?

Retinol can increase the skin's risk of sunburn, so it's important to apply SPF daily and limit sun exposure when using this ingredient.

The official guidelines on Retinol strength are as follows – "The SCCS is of the opinion that vitamin A in cosmetics at the concentrations of 0.05% Retinol Equivalent (RE) in body lotion, and 0.3% RE for other leave-on and rinse-off products is safe."

Which Q+A products feature Retinol?