Why You Should Incorporate Retinol into Your Routine

Today on #skincaresaturday, Melissa talks about retinol and why you should consider it incorporating it into your skincare routine

Welcome back to #skincare Saturday!  Today’s post is a little different, instead of recommending products that I have been using, I decided to take a different approach and take this opportunity be share some knowledge.  With that being said, I will be talking about retinol. Why? Because knowledge is power and honestly, my experience with incorporating retinol in to my skincare is very minimal.  Therefore, this approach seemed the most comfortable for me.  Remember when I had mentioned a few posts back about purchasing the Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil with Vitamin A? Well, for those of you who haven’t been following along, I decided to take a baby step, a baby big toe dip, in to the world of retinol because I figured it’s about time.  And what better way to do it, than with a brand like Tata Harper!  Which by the way, I have noticed some differences in my skin so I will definitely be talking about the product below.

But wait a minute, what exactly is retinol?  So before I get in to my review of the Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil with Vitamin A, I think it’s best we start with the laying out what retinol is.  First things first, we should talk about retinoids.  According to Harvard Health Publishing, retinoid is a vitamin A derivative.  Retinoids have shown to help promote skin cell renewal, help fight acne, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, increase collagen production.  In addition, retinol helps fade age spots, skin texture, and helps stimulate the production of new blood vessels in the skin.  Examples of prescription retinoids are tretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene.  However, due to the potency of retinoids they are normally prescribed by dermatologists. 

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On the other hand, retinol, is available over the counter and therefore not as strong and less irritating to your skin.  My first retinol product was the Chantecaille Retinol Intense a couple years ago and I never fully incorporated it in to my skincare routine.  I mean I did try it out a little, but I was honestly intimidated by it.  I was told to use it every few days, and then see how my skin reacts and then move to maybe every other day and then every day.  I was also told that a “purge” session will more than likely occur, and that I’ll possibly experience redness and dryness.  Which was also very important for me to wear sunscreen every day.  So you see how someone can be pretty intimidated as well as hesitant to incorporate retinol in to their routine?   Needless to say, I veered away from retinol and decided to go without.  I’ll admit I would dabble every now and then and when I say dabble, I legit mean like I would use the Chantecaille Retinol one night and then maybe again two to three weeks later.

Fast forward to now, retinol is becoming more and more popular and skincare products are starting to incorporate bakuchiol into their products.  Kind of a funky word right?  Well bakuchiol is a natural alternative to retinol and unlike it’s counterpart, has no harsh side effects on the skin and is a much more gentle.  Bakuchiol is a plant extract and like I said, it’s natural and less-irritating…but get this, it’s also vegan.  Bakuchiol is an antioxidant that’s found in the seeds and leaves of the plant psoralea corylifolia. I’m sure you started seeing more natural skincare products advertise that they have bakuchiol as their leading ingredient to help achieve the same effects as retinol and all the while, still be able to achieve the same affects.  After reading some articles, it seems as though bakuchiol is a little slower to achieving the same effects of retinol since it is a natural alternative.  Honestly, I think it’s a better alternative to start using in your mid to late 20s, and 30s.  I personally think retinol would be better for people in their mid to late 30s and for those who have dark spots, age spots, sun spots, pretty much just pigmentation in general.  

Now that we got a pretty good understanding of retinol and bakuchiol, let’s get in to my review of the Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil with Vitamin A!  Let me know if you use retinol or bakuchiol in your skincare routine and how that journey has been for you –

Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil with Vitamin A ($132)

I started using the Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil with Vitamin A every night as the last step of my skincare routine for the past month or so.  It wasn’t until recently that I noticed that the wrinkle on the bridge of my nose wasn’t as obvious and damn near gone.  I mean, not really but pretty much ☺.  But I will say, the neat thing about the Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil with Vitamin A is that it a natural face oil that has rosehip seed oil, neroli, and an estate grown beauty complex.  So how is the Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil with Vitamin A a retinol product?  Well you know that rosehip seed oil?  That stuff delivers a natural form of retinoic acid from vitamin A which helps reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines.  Oh and what exactly is the estate grown beauty complex?  If you don’t know, Tata Harper grows all their ingredients on their farm and this complex is a blend of botanicals that provides skin with 11 vitamins, 18 nutrients, and six minerals.  Let’s get down to it, the Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil with Vitamin A is a magical concoction in a beautiful glass green bottle.  Like all Tata Harper products, the Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil with Vitamin A smells amazing.  The only gripe I have about this product is the packaging.  The bottle has this neat feature when you twist it closed, the oil automatically gets sucked into the dropper.  When you go to twist the bottle open, the top pops open, which is pretty neat because you press the top down to dispense the oil from the dropper.  So the gripe?  Well when you press the top down, the oil like aggressively exits the dropper.  I was so thrown off by this!  I went to drop the Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil on my face and yeah, not all of it got on my face.  I’m probably making this sound way more aggressive than it actually was, but when you’re used to a light drip.  It definitely throws you off.  My solution?  I now put the Tata Harper Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil on to my palm and rub it on my face, neck and back of my hands.  Minor gripe, for such a great product.

Like I admitted above, my experience is very limited but below are some popular recommendations to try out if you’re interested in incorporating retinol into your skincare routine.

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Drunk Elephant A-PassioniTM Retinol Cream ($28-$74)

The great thing about the Drunk Elephant A- PassioniTM Retinol Cream is that it comes in a mini version, so you don’t have to commit to the whole bottle.  The Drunk Elephant A-PassioniTM Retinol Cream has one percent of vegan retinol but has to be slowly introduced to your skincare routine.

Shani Darden Skin Care Retinol Reform®

Shani Darden is one of the top estheticians in LA and her skincare line is fairly new but her Retinol Reform® has a huge celebrity following.  The Shani Darden Skin Care Retinol Reform® is a little higher in retinol at 2.2%, but also comes in a mini size and also needs to be slowly introduced into your skincare routine.  The Shani Darden Skin Care Retinol Reform® is the next product that I am definitely thinking of purchasing.

Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum ($72)

The Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum has bakuchiol, hyaluronic acid, and squalane.  Unlike the other products, the Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum doesn’t have to be slowly incorporated but based off of what I read, I would use it at night.

Olay Regenerist Retinol24 

Olay seems to have come out with their new Retinol24 line with the following products:

The Olay Regenerist Retinol24 line is definitely more budget friendly and doesn’t appear to have any precautions as far as incorporation for your skincare routine are concerned.  The 24 in Olay Regenerist Retinol24 means that it hydrates for 24 hours so it may be worth a try.

Do you think you will consider retinol in your skincare routine? Let me know in the comments below!


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