Makeup Tips — The Best Retinol Duo (For Those Who Are Scared of…

For years “clinical” style and “Active” ingredient style products have seemed scary. Even for myself – a person who has been writing about beauty for over 12 years, but recently I took the plunge into retinol and I don’t regret it. 

Sensitive skin, dry skin, and skin prone to eczema – it is no surprise I’ve kept away from Retinol for a while. 

Retinol is a form of vitamin A and it’s an ingredient I’ve long wanted to incorporate into my anti-aging routine. It can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone.  In addition, retinol has exfoliating properties, which can help to unclog pores and prevent breakouts (some people have great results with using retinol when they’ve got mila seeds around the eyes).Starting slow and avoiding products with too higher of a concentration – this is my ultimate skincare duo for those who are afraid of retinol but still want to enjoy the benefits. 



With gentle in the name and a $8 USD price tag I had to try this retinol cream. Not to mention it’s virtually ALWAYS sold out which speaks volumes for its efficacy and importance as a retinol cream in your skincare routine. I use this approx. 3x a week after cleansing my skin. 

The cream has a smooth, lightweight texture that absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy residue and I’ve noticed a visible improvement in the glow of my skin and any uneven texture that lurks around. With a formulation of 0.1% retinol my dry sensitive skin is very tolerable to it. 



This was the first Retinol product I ever tried and I LOVE it to pieces. As someone who is lazy with eye cream this is the perfect product to use – swipe it under the eye area and around the eye area a few times a week and see the results. As my skin starts to show signs of aging the biggest concern area I have is underneath my eyes and more specifically discoloration/dark spots. This has made a visible improvement in that area – I also like to swipe it over my forehead to help reduce the look of my fine lines. With micro-encapsulated retinol it’s not harsh like other retinol products and the smooth creamy balm feels nice on the eye area (and you don’t even need to tap it out under the eye area – talk about a lazy persons dream eye cream). 


If you’re using retinol I cannot stress the importance enough of wearing sunscreen. My go-to is the Ultraceuticals Mattifying Sunscreen with SPF 50+. If you’re in the states Supergoop Unseen Screen is a great option. You’ll also want to skip out on your AHA and BHA products like glycolic acid or salicylic acid to avoid skin irritation. 

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