Retinol: Everything You Need to Know

We have relationships with our skin, wouldn’t you say? There was the high school relationship with awkward acne (my least fav), then the pregnancy and post-pregnancy skin and now motherhood skin (maybe? Ha!). Breakouts, no breakouts, bright skin, dull skin, oily skin to dry skin…it is an ever-changing relationship. It has been a rollercoaster over the years and never truly consistent for more than a year at a time. Today, I’m partnering with Olay Canada to share how retinol (in their NEW Retinol24 line) has helped my ‘motherhood’ skin and improved my relationship with my skin. 

The most recent changes in my skin have come with aging. I am proud of my adult skin but, of course, I want to age gracefully. I often talk about how it is my mission to find the best skincare products to fight the signs of aging without turning to invasive treatments. I am always looking for products that truly help to minimize lines, brighten skin and keep those pesky adult breakouts at bay. This is where retinol came in, a magical ingredient I started using less than two years ago. But, it has quickly become a staple in my skincare regime. 

I realize not everyone knows about retinol as a skincare ingredient so I am giving you the scoop on this game-changing ingredient. Retinol makes skin smoother, brighter (even when you’re sleep deprived like me!) and many other benefits. 

What is retinol? 

Retinol is a form of vitamin A. Vitamin A you may ask? Yes! There are a variety of forms and they are collectively called retinoids. They can brighten and smooth the skin and also reduce those signs of aging on our skin from sun damage, wrinkles and scars. The power of retinol is what sets it apart from other ingredients. Unfortunately, sometimes retinol can get a bad rap for causing irritation, dryness and redness. This can happen based on the type of retinol used, how much of it is used or how it’s formulated.  The Olay Retinol24 contains retinol propionate (a gentler retinoid) and retinol so it works for all skin types. Speaking as someone who is prone to sensitivity and has dry skin 90% of the year, this product does not cause any irritation or dryness on my skin. My skin LOVES it! 

How does retinol work? 

Retinol works by turning over your skin cells faster than they normally would and encourages new cells to be created. This is good! It’s like a spring cleaning for your skin, we all can appreciate a good spring cleaning, can’t we? By stimulating the production of collagen in your skin retinol reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles while working to reveal brighter & smoother skin. 

When do you use retinol?

You use retinol in your nighttime skincare regimen, as it is sensitive to UV rays and can break down when exposed to the sun. Waking up to brighter and smoother skin? Yes, please! 

Isn’t retinol for aging skin?

There is a common misconception that retinol products are only for aging skin but this isn’t the case, although, I am so thankful I started using it when I turned 30! Without using fillers or injectables, retinol gave me the results I craved for having younger and healthier-looking skin – without invasive treatments. Retinol also helps even out your skin tone and it can reduce the looks of scars like acne scars. Overall, it is a powerhouse ingredient that gives you brighter, healthier-looking skin while addressing your skincare concerns.

So what can retinol do for your skin? Do you want to find out? I have tried all three products, the night cream, night serum and the eye cream and my favourite is the night cream. This line is unique because you can use the products interchangeably and still reap the benefits – without irritation – and it is gentle enough to use every night! My mom actually uses the serum and eye cream and I use the night cream and eye cream. We’ve worked them into our everyday skincare regime and they quickly became the heroes! Not all retinol products are the same which is important to keep in mind, the Olay Retinol24 product line has been designed with a unique blend of Vitamin B3, Retinol Complex and amino-peptides, making it gentle enough for use every night! This is what sets Olay Retinol24 apart from others. 

Another thing I noticed about their product is that their cream is white – I have always familiarized retinol products with a yellow colour, mind blown! Retinol itself is yellow, so yes, some retinol products could be yellow. But – if your retinol product becomes more yellow overtime it could mean that it’s breaking down and becoming ineffective! If you look at Retinol24 under a microscope, you would see teeny, tiny bubbles of yellow inside. And, if you leave the jar open and exposed to air, it will remain white. This means you don’t need to worry about exposing your cream to the elements because the formula itself will protect your retinol from breakdown!

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Did I mention this product is also super affordable? It’s so much less expensive than the other retinol products I’ve tried and it’s available at Walmart.ca! If you give it a try, please let me know how it helped your skin!