The Power of Retinoids: How to Use Them for Youthful Skin

We’ve been seeing the word retinoids going around in our skincare routine recently, and let’s be real, it can get confusing sometimes. If you’re wondering if retinoids have something to do with getting youthful skin, you’re spot on. We’re pulling some knowledge from our science books today, so stick with us.

If we’re going to get all nerdy, let’s start with what retinoids really are. They’re vitamin A by-products that boost collagen production, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, while enhancing skin tone and texture. 

Trust us, once you start incorporating retinoids into your skincare regimen, you’re going to get closer to having skin as radiant as the sun.

Adding retinoids into our daily skincare routine isn’t hard at all. After you’re done with your daily cleansing and toning, just apply a pea-sized amount of retinoid cream on your face and neck before hitting the pillow. Please keep in mind that we only need a pea-sized amount because retinoids are really powerful so don’t be too heavy-handed with that container, my friend. While you are sleeping, these ingredients are at work, diligently doing their stuff! 

But remember guys, skincare isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. It’s important to research and find the products that are most suitable for your skin. Every skin type reacts differently, so it’s best to approach it as a test and learn experience. We like to experiment with different brands and gradually increase the frequency as our skin becomes more used to it. 

We, at NayLiving have our favourite retinol products and one thing we won’t do is gate-keep so grab your journal in case you want to note this down. On the higher end of the scale, SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 has some great reviews. It’s not just a favourite among dermatologists, but the beauty publications love it too. However, it’s a very strong product, so maybe not the best for you if you’re a first-timer.

If you’re looking for something that’s effective but more affordable, then The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane is an absolute steal! It’s one of those retinoids that won’t leave you all red and peely.

RoC’s Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Anti-Aging Night Cream, also does wonders. Plus, the price point won’t break the bank, so that’s always a bonus.

Ultimately, skincare is a very personal journey and it takes a while to figure out what works best for our skin. These are some of our favourites but your skin might love something else altogether. So we’d want you to do your research and try different products until you find ‘the one’.

Don’t forget to tell us which products you end up trying out to achieve your glow! We want all the tea.


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