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If you’ve ever scoped out top skincare ingredients recommended by dermatologists, there’s a good chance you’ve stumbled upon retinol. According to the Mayo Clinic, retinol is a form of vitamin A that has been proven to help repair sun-damaged skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. With such high claims, it’s no wonder retinol is one of the most researched molecules in skincare, as well as one of the most recommended ingredients by dermatologists. If you want to start adding a retinol skin care product to your routine, dermatologists recommend ones with pure retinol, such as the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Night Serum, 0.3% Pure Retinol, rather than derivatives and complexes. Read on for a breakdown on how this dermatologist-validated serum can transform your skin.
We mentioned that dermatologists recommend pure retinol as opposed to derivatives and complexes, but you may be curious as to why. “Purity is important for retinol efficacy in skin, as pure retinol works faster. Always look for a high concentration of pure retinol (0.3 - 1.0 percent) versus retinol derivatives and complexes that take longer to work,” says Dr. Rocio Rivera, PhD, and head of scientific communications for L’Oréal Paris.
This new dermatologist-validated serum is the latest addition to the Derm Intensives Collection, specifically formulated to tackle wrinkles, even deep ones. Only a couple of weeks after the launch, this potent anti-wrinkle serum has already begun to garner rave reviews.
Our serum is formulated with 0.3 percent pure retinol—a top dermatologist-recommended anti-aging ingredient that’s proven to fight key signs of aging such as wrinkles, even deep ones. “Pure retinol has no other additives and is actually the pure molecule itself,” says Rivera. The percentage of pure retinol in the serum is also noteworthy. “Typically, a dermatologist will recommend an efficient and safe starting point for pure retinol,” explains Rivera. “0.3 percent is the sweet spot of efficiency and safety for everyone.”
From day one, the retinol serum works to transform your skin. To start, your skin will feel moisturized, and its texture will feel more refined. Over time, as your skin continues to acclimate to daily retinol usage, wrinkles (even deep wrinkles) are visibly reduced, including forehead wrinkles. “In an independent clinical study, we saw that 100% of the women showed a reduction in wrinkles, including deep wrinkles,” says Dr. Rivera.
Aside from its ability to tackle some major skin concerns, the serum is also non-comedogenic (so you don’t have to worry about it clogging your pores), allergy-tested, fragrance-free, silicone-free, and paraben-free.
Now that you know this retinol serum lives up to the hype, here’s how to start using it in your nighttime skin care routine.
Start by removing any buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils from your skin with a cleanser. Use the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 3.5% Glycolic Acid Cleanser, which removes excess oils and makeup to reveal smoother, brighter skin and preps skin for serum application. Lather a small amount between wet hands and gently massage onto your skin using a light circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry before moving on.
It’s time to grab your retinol serum. When applying retinol, you’ll need to give your skin time to adjust. During the first week, apply two to three drops to clean and dry skin twice a week. The second week of use, apply the serum every other night. By week three, you can use the serum nightly if tolerated.
It’s a typical misconception that when using retinol products you can’t layer them with other ingredients, but you can! We recommend using the retinol serum in combination with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum for intense hydration and a plumping effect. The key when layering serums is to apply from the thinnest to the thickest formula. Start with hyaluronic acid, then apply the retinol serum. Rivera shares that you can also mix a few drops of both serums together in your hand if you prefer.
Finish your routine by applying a moisturizer. Smooth on the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Overnight Mask, which is formulated with three of the top proven anti-aging ingredients: Pro-Retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid.
Editor's tip: If you really want to be impressed with the results, take pictures throughout your retinol journey, and you'll be able to see exactly how your skin's appearance improves.
When you start using retinol at night, your morning routine should change, too, starting with using a vitamin C serum. “You should use both vitamin C and retinol in your routine,” shares Rivera. “Vitamin C is a prevention molecule that addresses skin aging. It also works on radiance and many elements of aging skin that retinol helps as well.”
After cleansing, apply the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum. Get a dime-sized amount on your fingertips and smooth it onto your face and neck.
To complete your routine, Rivera notes, “It’s also important to use broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30.” This is because retinol can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, making sure to reapply every two hours.
Next: L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Glycolic Acid Serum Review
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