My Experiences With Retinol

Hello beauties,

We’ve all heard how amazing Retinol and Vitamin A is, but how many of us actually use it? Personally, I’ve always been a bit scared and thought it was used for anti-aging. Oh how wrong I was!

Retinol, also known as Vitamin A is a great treatment product for most skin ailments such as wrinkles, hyper pigmentation and acne. At an Ultraceuticals event I was recommended Ultraceuticals Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum Mild* which is their introductory Retinol to use on my blemish prone skin. I was recommended it as they explained it would regulate my oils, unclog my pores, reduce the number of break outs and help any blemishes heal quicker.

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Below are some images of my skin prior to using the Ultraceuticals Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum Mild*. As you can see there are some active breakouts and redness in those areas.

To start off I used it every second night after cleansing and finished off with moisturising. Upon first application, there was a slight stinging feeling which subsided quite quickly. That continued for the first week but stopped soon after. Now I don’t feel any stinging when I apply the Retinol.

A side effect of using Retinols is your skin can get a bit flaky. Personally I noticed only a bit of flakiness around my nose, but I stopped applying so much on my nose and I no longer noticed any flakiness. Basically, don’t be alarmed if you have a bit of flakiness, its very normal.

Over the past two months I’ve been using the Ultraceuticals Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum Mildalmost every night and my overall skin texture has improved a lot. My skin texture is a lot smoother and my complexion is a lot more brighter and clearer. If I do have any blemishes, I’ve found since using the Retinol they’ve healed a lot quicker and are less inflamed. Below shows my skin after using Retinol for just over two months.

And yes, I noticed that I’m wearing the same top in my before and after photos #random

Another thing to keep in mind when using Retinol is that it makes your skin more sensitive. Because your skin is more sensitive SPF is a must! We all know that SPF is essential, but personally I know I’ve always been slack in that department. Since using Retinol, I’ve been such a good girl and apply SPF every morning. The Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 Hydrating* is great to use in the morning and doesn’t make me oily throughout the day.

Update: Click here to check out my up to date results using the Ultraceuticals range.

Ingredients 

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Bisabolol, Butyrospermum Parkii, Benzyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Retinol, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, BHT, Bromelain, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Grandis (grapefruit) Peel Oil, Zingiber Officinale

*This product has been provided for reviewing purposes, all views and opinions are 100% honest.

**Disclaimer: All opinions are based on personal experiences, and are not sponsored. rachelbeautystyle is not a make up artist, beauty or skincare specialist and will not be held liable for any recommendations. Therefore try at your own risk.

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7 thoughts on “My Experiences With Retinol

  1. Rachel did you initially break out a lot when you started using retinol? I ask this as I understand that the skin will purge all of the impurities once you start using it but should get better. Personally I have tried Ultraceuticals vit A for at least 4 months but broke out so much despite only using it twice a week that I decided to stop. What do you think I could be doing wrong?

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    1. No I didn’t break out and I only had minimal flakiness. I’m not sure why you broke out. I would recommend you go back to your beauty therapist and tell them you broke out. They will then be able to recommend a more suitable product for your skin concerns xx

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