Yesterday I shared some tips on skincare from a webinar I had with RoC and Dr. Erin Gilbert and Menas Kizoulis. Today we go a little more in-depth with learning about retinol and reader questions are answered!
How often should you exfoliate? Exfoliating removes dead skin cells. If you’re more sensitive or red then two times a week will be plenty. You don’t want to rub too hard as it can scratch your skin if you push too hard.
Are serums necessary? Serums a lighter, more fluid and can penetrate the skin deeper and allowing the ingredients to work better.
Is there anything you can do for milia? Milia is blockage typically caused from product that is too heavy or inappropriate for the skin type. It’s blocked glands which can occur particularly around the eye area. Using a retinol can help with milia.
What can help dark circles under the eyes? There is no cure-all. Hydrating, drinking water helps as well as using cucumber. Retinol works great for dark circles and puffiness.
What can you do about sagging skin? Start early on in life with sunscreen. The sun is damaging to the skin and sunscreen helps with future firming and elasticity. Of course your lifestyle and healthy food can help, too. The RoC Multi-Correxion Lift Serum can really help with this.
Anything to help sagging eyelids? Again using sunscreen staring early on in life helps prevent this. It’s due to collagen loss. Collagen supports 70% of the skin’s weight. Sun damage causes a loss of collagen and collagen creates the elasticity in skin. Use sunscreen consistently!
Is there a product that can help diminish the look of sun damage? Vitamin A – or over the counter Retinol. I like RoC’s MAX Wrinkle Resurfacing Kit. It’s won beauty awards including an Allure Beauty Breakthrough Award.
I’m aging, yet have acne-prone skin – what can help? Simplify your regimen and using a product with retinol in it. Retinol was originally used for acne-prone skin and it was discovered over time that it’s a great anti-aging product as well so you get both benefits in one.
I have wrinkles along my lip line – any product you can recommend for that? I like to use RoC Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, it works great for that area.
Retinoids make me break out, what can I do? Don’t use too much. All you need is a thin layer – pea sized over the whole face area. You may see some initial breakout in the first 3-4 weeks, which is from the skin getting used to turning over faster now that you are using a retinol. Stick with it! Start out slowly, use every other night, but be sure to use it consistently.
I have combination skin, what can I do for it? Don’t over or under moisturize. Find a cleanser and a moisturizer that is gentle on your skin. Use a little exfoliation and moisturize using a medium weight moisturizer. Retinol can actually help in the oilier parts of your skin because it can be drying.
How can you shrink open pores? The size of pores can increase over age. Retinol can improve pores over time. Pores respond to temperature and environment. Don’t overdo extreme temps on the skin, especially if having a facial.
Can I use my facial skincare on the back of my hands? Yes, and you can use products with retinol on the back of your hands, too. Just be sure to use sunscreen every day – whether using a retinol product on your hands or not. Use sunscreen on your face, neck and hands all year round. In the winter you are not free from wearing sunscreen – it must be all year round.
Can I use a retinol on my neck? Yes, but be careful and start slowly. The skin on the neck is more thin and can make it more sensitive.
What’s the most important tip you have for healthy, beautiful skin? Sunscreen! Retinol is 2nd.
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