I am so excited for this post today!! I love diving into skincare and how different products can benefit our skin! Today we are going to chat about retinol, how and why it works, and how to use it right!! Let’s do this!
First, what is Retinol?
It is a powerful skincare ingredient that has years of proven results! It’s highly sought after and skin experts highly recommend it! But what does Retinol (or Vitamin A) do for your skin?
“When it comes to combating the signs of skin aging, retinol (vitamin A) is the gold standard skincare ingredient.
It has the power to rejuvenate aging skin, enhance skin brightness, and refine texture and results in firmer-looking, smoother and more radiant skin.”
Retinol is pretty much the best all-around treatment for your skin, if you ask me!
How To Use Retinol
Retinol can be a little tricky to use…hear me out.
There are some mild side effects anyone can experience with this skincare ingredient. It’s important, especially if you have sensitive skin, to slowly build up your use of a retinol serum. By doing this, it allows your skin to get used to the potency of the product and slowly bring out your better, younger skin.
Another important thing to incorporate into your routine is a daily SPF sunscreen. Retinol reacts with sunlight, so it’s important to protect our cells from this sun! Using a daily SPF and covering up as much as possible will ensure your skin stays healthy and radiant!
Check out this helpful chart on how to incorporate retinol into your evening skincare:
My FAVORITE Retinol Serum:
Ok friends, let’s chat about my favorite retinol serum, the Senegence Advanced SenePlex+® Renewal Serum with Retinol!
This stuff seriously is AMAZING! I’ve seen great results with just a couple applications! I’m going to go into more detail later on the science behind why it’s awesome, but I thought I’d share the basics with you right now!
The Renewal Serum not only has retinol inside, but it also has some great ingredients to boost cell synthesis, brightening of the skin, and allowing for a smooth texture! You will see your skin GLOW when you add this to your routine!
Not only that, but just like all of Senegence’s other products, the Renewal Serum has Seneplex Complex inside. This amazing kinetic enzyme is designed to speed up cellular turnover, which simply means young, healthy plump cells come to the surface 23.3% faster than normal!
- Powerful formula improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by 23%. +
- Improves the appearance of uneven skin tone, texture and radiance in one quick step
- Supports youthful, smoother and firmer-looking appearance
- Clinically studied; Dermatologist approved
- Formulated without gluten, parabens, or animal by-products
*Results are measured by expert clinical graded observation and analysis compared to baseline based on a 6-week, independent clinical study of 30 participants, women ages 30 to 70.
The Science Behind the Renewal Serum
Ok, let’s geek out for a second.
The Renewal Serum has some pretty cool science behind it! Check out how Senegence made this serum basically an advanced retinol treatment (that you can’t get anywhere else!).
“The Nano Retinol in a lipid encapsulated format keeps the retinol in its most potent form.
The micro encapsulated delivery system offers sustained release throughout the night during the skin’s renewal cycle, supporting the appearance of youthful, smoother, and firmer-looking skin in the morning.
Advanced SenePlex+ Renewal Serum with Retinol is also packaged in an opaque airless bottle, to protect the retinol from light and air, helping to preserve its efficacy.
The natural youth booster, Nephoria®, sustainably sourced from the leaves of rambutan super fruit, rejuvenates skin in a similar pathway to that of retinol, thereby complementing retinol’s activity.
BIO-Placenta™, a powerful synthetic complex of five different growth factors, including skin-boosting peptides and an amino acid, provides anti-aging and skin rejuvenating effects to the skin, helping skin to look firmer and younger. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, especially under the eye and on crow’s feet.
Additional botanical ingredients, such as Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Aloe Vera, and Rosemary provide moisturizing, calming, and soothing benefits to the skin.”
The end product…More Radiance, Rejuvenation & Visible Results!
Proven Results from the Renewal Serum
Ok, let’s dive into some actual results shall we!
The thing I LOVE about Senegence, is they use independent labs to test all their products! Which means we know their findings are 100% legitimate and unbiased. There aren’t many skincare companies out there that care THAT much to be honest!
During a six-week independent consumer study, a majority of women agreed that their skin’s overall appearance was improved, and their face appeared more youthful. Here’s what else they said:
82% Improves skin clarity, leaving a healthy, even tone.
76% Reduces the appearance of crow’s feet around the eyes.
85% Improves skin’s overall appearance.
73% Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
88% Face appears more youthful.
85% Helps skin feel firmer.
*Results based on a six-week independent consumer study. The percentages reflect the number of women who agreed with the statement.
The numbers don’t lie!! This stuff works!
FAQ about Retinol and the Renewal Serum
Can all skin types use retinol?
Any skin type can use retinol, but fair or sensitive skin types should be extra cautious, as it may be harder for them to adjust to the potent ingredient.
How do I incorporate retinol into my skincare routine?
If you are a retinol newbie, start slowly by applying it one night and then wait a few days to evaluate your tolerance. If you do not get a reaction, then start using every other night and increase to nightly use as tolerated.
If you find your skin dry and or flaky then we suggest mixing the retinol formula with your SeneGence Evening Moisturizer before applying to skin. Start with once or twice a week and gradually work up to every other day or two to three times a week.
Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of SPF15 and avoid sun exposure while using retinol.
What should I do if my skin has a reaction to retinol?
Typical reactions to retinol are dryness and flaking. These reactions are common and can be managed. Cut back on usage and pare down your routine to just cleanser and moisturizer until reaction is resolved. Then re-introduce retinol again, this time in “slow & low” manner. Mix a pea-size amount with your Evening Moisturizer once a week and build tolerance slowly. Using the product less frequently but on a regular schedule can be a way to improve tolerability.
Start slowly and be patient. The results will be worth it.
Why does some skin react to retinol?
Yes, retinol is a skincare active that can do good for your skin, but it can occasionally cause dryness and flaking. There are several reasons why skin can react to retinol, including using it too often, using too much of it, not prepping your skin properly or mixing retinol with other products like AHA exfoliators or acne treatments. Start slowly and be patient.
What is the percentage of retinol in the Advanced SenePlex Renewal Serum?
SeneGence uses 0.5% retinol with an encapsulated delivery system which offers sustained release throughout the night so you can wake up to the appearance of youthful, smoother, and firmer skin the morning.
How long will a bottle of Advanced SenePlex+ Renewal Serum with Retinol last?
One bottle of this product will last you about 2 months if used every other day, at 2 pumps per application. How long your product last will depend entirely on the amount and frequency of use.
I’m so incredible obsessed with this product, and what it has done for my skin. I now can see brighter, healthier skin, less wrinkles, and less dark spots. I have even been getting compliments from those around me! I barely wear any makeup because my skin just looks that good!!
If you’d like to grab this amazing Renew Serum to try for yourself, you can grab it here! And remember, we have a 100% Love It or your Money Back guarantee! There is no risk in trying it!