Retinol Myths, Debunked
Retinol. You may have heard of it. You may have even used it. But what do you really know about it? Common questions like, “What does retinol face cream do for your skin?” have sparked many retinol myths that can give this powerful anti-aging ingredient a bad rap.
In its simplest terms, retinol is a derivative of vitamin A that is readily absorbed by skin. Retinol gets attention for its ability to stimulate the production of new cells which can help minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s incredible anti-aging benefits have spawned more products than we can count—and just as many myths. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide of myths and facts that dermatologists want you to know so you can make retinol a part of your regimen.
MYTH: You can’t exfoliate while using retinol.
FACT: Yes, you can actually exfoliate and use retinol simultaneously! The key is choosing the exfoliation intensity that works best for your skin. You can choose from many different Murad exfoliation products, from gentle (Renewing Cleanser) to medium (AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser) to intense (Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel).
MYTH: Retinol will dry out my skin.
FACT: As you learn what retinol does for your face, you’ll discover that some users experience dryness. You can help counter this dryness by keeping skin properly hydrated. Embrace Dr. Murad’s philosophy of “eating your water” by eating water-rich foods. (One of our favorites is watermelon.) And, always remember to follow your retinol treatment with a moisturizer to lock in moisture and hydration. And, look for retinols that offer encapsulated technology that slowly releases retinol on skin to help alleviate retinol side effects.
MYTH: You can’t use more than one retinol product at a time.
FACT: Murad’s Retinol Youth Renewal system is designed to work together, and is even clinically proven to deliver results three times better when used together (Retinol Youth Renewal Serum and Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream).
MYTH: Retinol is only for aging skin.
FACT: While retinol should be part of everyone's anti-aging skincare routine, Dr. Murad says, “It’s never too early or too late to start using retinol for your skin.” It’s corrective and preventative, and it helps to maintain smoother, youthful-looking skin.”
MYTH: You can’t use a product with retinol and be in the sun.
FACT: Yes, you can actually use retinol products and still be in the sun! Just be sure to apply a broad-spectrum SPF every day, since retinol can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays. SPF will protect skin treated with retinol and prevent premature skin aging.
MYTH: You should only use retinol at night.
FACT: You can use retinol in the morning or at night. Whether you wear your retinol in the morning or at night, always remember your daily SPF to prevent additional signs of premature aging and protect your skin while you treat it with this powerhouse.
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