By Shammi Mondal
Retinols are one of the most trusted and hard-working ingredients in the skincare universe. They possess a range of superpowers, such as preventing acne and pigmentation, and reducing fine lines. But to really get to know and make the most of this multitasking ingredient, read through celebrity dermatologist Dr Jaishree Sharad’s advice.
What is retinol?
In short, retinols are a kind of retinoid, a derivative of vitamin A that get converted to retinoic acid (an active form of the molecule). While the two are similar, retinoids are more potent while retinols are milder in comparison.
They both encourage cell turnover, which means they renew the surface of your skin and reveal healthier, brighter skin. Retinol also boosts the production of collagen, the protein that gives your skin its suppleness and elasticity.
Who is it for?
If you are looking for something to help with the fine lines on your face or hyper pigmentation, retinol is the ingredient for you. “Retinol is a very potent anti-aging solution; it also reduces acne,” says skin expert Dr Jaishree Sharad.
How to use a retinol?
Retinol comes in various forms such as serums, creams, gels, ointments, and even face masks. As a medication to control acne it is prescribed in the form of a gel or ointment. As a part of your night-time skincare regimen, you can use it in the form of a cream or serum. “Topping off any retinol cream with a good moisturiser and following up with a sunscreen is a must,” recommends Dr Jaishree.
Dr Sharad’s advice for beginners: