After a lot of research, I decided to start using a retinol cream.
I did a bit of research and decided that I wanted to go with NeoStrata’s Anti-Wrinkle Complex for night based on the fact that I have never used a NeoStrata product that I wasn’t totally head-over-heels for. A great bonus was that it was hella on sale, and girlfriend loves a sale. Combined with my heavy-duty new cleansing routine and an equally heavy-duty nighttime moisturizer, this product has found itself a new home in my skincare routine.
I started using the product on a Wednesday night – the night before my CTV News promo shoot actually – and didn’t use it again until Saturday night. I now use it 5 nights a week and will soon make the switch to every night. The key to retinol creams is to allow your skin to adjust. For those of you who don’t know, Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A which has the unique ability to get deep into your skin and provide antioxidants. It causes increased cellular growth in the outer layers of skin – this is what causes dryness and peeling – so that fresh, new skin can be exposed. Adding a moisturizer on top of your retinol cream can help with this. If your skin is really dry, try to get it in better shape before you introduce a retinol cream – you’ll be glad you did.
Because Retinol makes your skin incredibly susceptible to sunburns, it’s important to use sunscreen daily. I now use SPF 45 on my hands, neck and face each morning. I also put a little bit of NeoStrata Anti-Wrinkle Complex on the backs of my hands at night time before covering them with a heavy hand cream. Other than my face, my hands probably see the most sunlight as they are always exposed.
My skin feels much smoother and is a lot clearer since I started using the night complex. It takes about 12 weeks to see true results from any new regime, from exercise to diet to skincare, so I’ll be anxious to see what the next few months bring! In the meantime, I’m enjoying the fact that my freckles have actually lightened and my skin is really bright and fresh looking! The most important part of my regime is making sure that my practices and products are complementing each other, and not working against one another.
Tune in next week when I review my Neutragena “Pore Minimizing” trio – two cleansers and one exfoliating scrub, compliments of Klout!