When to Start Using Retinol for Your Skincare Routine?

Retinol MD

Retinol is a type of vitamin A widely used in skincare products, especially those with anti-ageing concerns. This potent ingredient is dermatologically proven to effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone, making it a favourite among beauty enthusiasts and skincare professionals.

However, many wonder when they should start using retinol in their skincare routine. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of retinol and the best age to start using it.

What is Retinol and How Does It Work?

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. It is a powerful antioxidant essential for maintaining healthy skin. Retinol works by increasing cell turnover, which helps to stimulate collagen production and improve skin texture. It also can unclog pores, reduce inflammation, and even out skin tone, making it an effective ingredient for treating acne and hyperpigmentation.

When Should You Start Using Retinol?

The ideal age to start using retinol in your skincare routine is your mid to late 20s. It is the age when the skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin starts to decrease, leading to the first signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

By incorporating retinol into your skincare routine at this age, you can help to boost collagen production and improve skin texture, preventing premature ageing.

However, it’s crucial to note that retinol can cause skin irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. Hence start with a low concentration of retinol and gradually increase it over time. You should also avoid using retinol if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, as it can cause birth abnormalities.

How to Include Retinol in Your Skincare Routine?

If you are new to retinol, begin use slowly and gradually increase your usage over time. Start using a retinol product once or twice a week, and then gradually increase to every other night as your skin adjusts. Also, incorporate a moisturizer and sunscreen when using retinol, as it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

My Final Take

Retinol is a powerful ingredient that can help to improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines. It’s best to start using retinol in your mid to late 20s to prevent premature ageing, but start with a low concentration and gradually increase it over time.

If you have sensitive skin, you may need to use a gentler form of retinol or avoid it altogether. As always, meet your dermatologist before including retinol into your skincare routine to ensure that the ingredient for your skin type and concerns.

Dr. Vivek Nama

I completed my medical education in India and was drawn to Gynaecology due to its unique blend of medical and surgical aspects, particularly laparoscopic and complex pelvic surgery. My UK training included extensive experience in District General and Teaching Hospitals. Recognising the importance of evidence-based medicine, I was awarded a grant by the British Heart Foundation to pursue a research-focused Master's degree at the University of London. During this time, I collaborated with prominent figures in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, published research papers, contributed to journal chapters, and presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Conference in Chicago, where I received the Best Oral Presentation award in 2010. My career is marked by a dedication to advancing women's healthcare through evidence-based practices and surgical expertise.