I’ve said it multiple times and I’d say it again, the fountain of youth remains elusive, it’s a riddle even the wisest earthling can’t answer. However, wrinkle prevention is possible, but only if you take imperative measures to keep your skin in tiptop shape: healthy diet, active lifestyle, sun protection, and loads of skincare! Keep reading because I’m sharing one of my new favorite discoveries…
I’m no stranger to retinol products. I started using it back when I was still a brand manager for a dermatology company (late 20s) so my face is already accustomed to it, from the lowest to highest strength sold in the market. I remember my face peeled for two weeks or so, had dryness and redness or what we call “the storm before the calm”. But the result was all worth the short phase of ugliness: I had soft and glowing skin plus refined pores. It’s important for me to say this because you may or may not experience the same thing, especially if it’s your first time to use retinol. Fast forward to present day reality, moi at 41 years young. Let me whisper to you one huge secret: I still use retinol from time to time whenever my skin yearns for rejuvenation or reawakening of sorts. Wrinkle-free you said? retinol is one of my best ally in the whole wide world.
My recent favorite retinol discovery? it’s Strivectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner ($99, 50ml/ 1.7 fl oz). In a nutshell, it’s a lightweight moisturizer with pore-minimizing and and anti-aging properties. While you can use it alone, I prefer to combine it with a Vitamin C serum because that’s when I see instantaneous effect: glowing, brightened and tighter pores the morning after. It’s like a sleeping beauty hack, at least based on my experience. It’s subtly fragrant, very tolerable as it dissipates after few minutes. My face did not peel or tingle but like I said, it can be attributed to my skin’s acquired tolerance for retinol or quite possibly, Strivectin’s patented NIA114 technology which according to the company, strengthens skin’s moisture barrier which limits the sensitivity common to retinol use. As a side note, do wear sunscreen, which you should be doing by now, but more if you are using retinol because your skin maybe more sensitive to UV rays, sunburn no bueno girly!
Aqua (Water, Eau), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Myristyl Nicotinate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Mica, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Lecithin, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Bisabolol, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Plankton Extract, Salicylic Acid, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Oryzanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Oleate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Behenyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Poloxamer 338, Polysorbate 80, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/ CI 77492/ CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)
have you tried any retinol-based products?