Ingredient Overview


Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. This is a powerful ingredient. It doesn’t work over night but all the experts say that it is worth waiting for the results. Retinol works by increasing the rate that your skin sheds dead skin cells and then subsequently replaces these with younger cells. While you may have to spend a little time building up a tolerance to retinol, but if you get it right seemingly there is no ingredient like it for smoothing skin.

It is recommended that Retinol should only be used at night and that sun factor should be worn during the day to protect your new skin cells. 

Beauty Buddy Ingredient Dictionary - Retinol


Retinol reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, it tightens pores and can help to reduce acne and improve skin texture. It is said to brighten skin giving you a more even skin tone by reducing the appearance of dark spots, sun-damage and blotches.  Your skin might appear fresher and younger looking after consistent use.

Directions of Use

Retinol can be very irritating if used too often or if the % of Retinol in a product is too strong for your skin. Because Retinol can increases cell turnover your skin may also be more sensitive to the sun. You should follow the instructions on the product you are using carefully. It is best to start off slowly with a very small amount of Retinol. Use the product just one or two nights of the week as part of your night-time routine. Ensure that you apply sun-factor everyday, if this is not already in your daily skincare routine. 


There are a full range of Retinol products available on the market. Here are a couple that we know a lot of Beauty Buddies have in their virtual makeup. If you are interested in reading reviews why not download Beauty Buddy. And while you are there if you want to leave a review for a Retinol product you are currently using, we’d love to hear what you think!

NIP+FAB Retinol Fix Tonic
The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane

There are plenty more reviews on these and other products in Beauty Buddy. 

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