The PFAM Retinol 0.5% and Retinol 1% are nightly collagen building serums that accelerate skin renewal to reveal smoother, healthier skin. They are perfect for someone who is brand new to using retinol, someone with young/oily/acne prone skin, or someone who is looking for the same benefits of the Perfect Change Serum, but with a gentler effect.
- There is no better studied anti-aging ingredient than retinol.
- Retinol prevents collagen breakdown and stimulates new collagen which softens fine lines, refines pores, and provides for a more youthful appearance overall.
- Available as either a 0.5% or 1% potency of retinol.
- The Retinol 0.5% and 1% contain collagen building blocks Glycine, Proline, Glutamine, and Arginine.
- Contains several amino acids such as Leucine and Histidine, which are essential for protein building.
- Includes antioxidants such as Tocopherol, Ferulic Acid, and Licorice to help minimize collagen degradation.
- Retinol is the only ingredient that addresses ALL the causes of acne. It stops excess sebum production, speeds up the growth of skin around pores to keep them clear, helps the skin adjust to hormonal fluctuations, and changes the skin's responsiveness to stress.
The best way to effectively and successfully use a retinol is to ease into it, allowing your skin to adjust and build tolerance to the retinol. If you've never used a retinol, maybe that means starting EVERY OTHER NIGHT application and building up to nightly use. Please read my notes here in their entirety to ensure you will be using this product properly. I also have a blog all about retinol if you want to read more about this skin-changing ingredient.
It is completely normal for retinol to make your skin feel dry, flaky, and look red during the introductory phase. This is part of the process of building tolerance to a product that causes increased cell turnover, and can last 2-6 weeks. It does not mean that you are not tolerating the ingredients. Many people will stop using the product when they experience these things, or use it only once or twice a week thinking they are doing the right thing by giving their skin a break. However, in most instances, this is not the right thing to do. Here’s why. If your skin is not ‘seeing’ the retinol consistently, then each time you apply it will be like the first time, and you’ll never get through the flaky stage. Instead, you want to push through any sensitivity that feels MILD. As long as it feels mild, it is part of the process. You should feel confident in knowing that the magic starts to happen soon after this phase. If it is more than mild, take a night off of the retinol, moisturize, reassess, and then back to it as soon as you can.
Purging is another normal part of the introductory period of retinol. With increased cell turnover, oil and dead skin cells trapped within pores will be cleared out much quicker than it would have otherwise. Purging manifests as new blemishes that may last a week or so. The treatment for the breakout is the exact ingredients that are causing the breakout. So, stick with it.
How to use: In the evening, after thoroughly cleansing and drying your skin, use about a dime size amount of the Retinol Serum. Once dry to the touch, you can follow with application of an oil-free moisturizer that is free of other active anti-aging ingredients such as AHA/BHAs. Do not apply this serum to the direct under eye area or eyelids. Depending on your skin's sensitivity, you may want to start with just every other night application. Work up to nightly use as your skin tolerates. Remember, mild dry/flaky/pink/sensitive skin is normal and you should push through this with consistent use if you can.
Remember, retinol is revealing fresh new skin that is more vulnerable to harmful UV rays. So, be sure to use a daily SPF each morning and wear a wide brim hat during prolonged sun exposure.
This product is NOT ok to use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Take a look at the safe mama lineups for ways to keep your skin looking great while keeping your baby safe.