Does it deserve the hype?

Retinol is not new, in fact, it has been around since 1971. Yup, it’s probably much older than you and me! Despite the technological advances in skincare ingredients throughout the years, this anti-ageing ingredient is still constantly recommended by skincare experts and dermatologists for the treatment of acne, wrinkles and even hyperpigmentation.

Why do doctors swear by it and why is this OG skincare ingredient still going viral on social media? The answer’s simple. It works.

But before you jump on the retinol bandwagon, be sure to read this blog to better understand what retinol is—and whether it’s for you.

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What is retinol?

First things first, retinol is one of the most potent and transformative skincare ingredients currently available off the shelves. It is an over-the-counter (OTC) version of retinoids, which is a derivative of vitamin A that is primarily used to prevent signs of premature ageing, lighten hyperpigmentation and clear pesky acne. 

And why exactly do you need it? As vitamin A can’t be produced by the body, it can only be absorbed into the body when you consume it in your diet or through topical application of skincare. Consider it an ace amongst the other regenerative skincare ingredients that is prized to support you in maintaining a youthful and perfect complexion.

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How does it work?

Let’s dive right in to uncover the secret behind this hero ingredient.

In a nutshell, retinol is a skin regenerator which gently prompts the surface skin cells to turnover and make way for new cell growth beneath. By doing so, it speeds up the process of cellular turnover and prevents the buildup of skin cells, which keeps your pores clean and clear. 

Bid farewell to those annoying breakouts!

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And that’s not all! The small molecules of retinol can go deep beneath the epidermis layer to your dermis layer to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which are those essential proteins that keep your skin looking bouncy and youthful. In short, it improves skin elasticity and creates a plumping effect to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Oh, and did we mention that retinol is also a pro at reversing environmental skin damage? Yep, it’s true! 

Those pesky sunspots and pigmentation issues don’t stand a chance against the mighty powers of retinol. It’s like hitting the rewind button on your skin, restoring its natural radiance and healthy glow. If you’ve any acne marks or an uneven complexion, it works to even out any discolouration and leaves you with a smooth, even-toned and radiant complexion. It’s as good as having your own personal photo editor! 

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So, if you wish to smooth out expression lines and improve your overall skin tone, retinol promises to give you that dramatic transformation.

It can’t be all good…

As powerful as it may seem, some people do experience some side effects so proceed with caution when you incorporate retinol into your skincare routine.

If it’s your first time trying retinol, you may experience temporary dryness, redness, itchiness, flaking and/or increased skin sensitivity. Do not panic just yet as this is completely normal. While it might put you off continuing using retinol, you should know that these effects are usually temporary and can be managed with some extra TLC. 

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Pro tip: for first-timers, instead of applying it daily, use it on alternate days to gradually integrate retinol into your skincare routine to help your skin build up its tolerance. Also, never forget to protect your skin with sunscreen because it may become hypersensitive under the influence of retinol. 

For mums-to-be, unfortunately, retinol might not be the right choice for you just yet. It’s not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding as high levels of vitamin A may interfere with the baby’s development. Don’t worry though, you can still get on the retinol action postpartum!

Feeling intrigued to try retinol for the first time? Yes, please! 

If you’re apprehensive of using retinol due to its harsh side effects, Heure’s Ageless Night Treatment might be just what you need. It’s formulated with retinol, together with a potent blend of peptides, vitamins C and E, and Sodium Hyaluronate. 

It works wonders in softening your skin’s texture, reversing signs of ageing and restoring radiance and vitality to your complexion. It also improves moisture retention ability in the skin.

And the best part?

Heure’s Ageless Night Treatment isn’t like the other retinol products, where dryness and irritation may occur.

Yep, gone are the days of worrying about dry, flaking skin and irritating side effects caused by retinol. Thanks to innovative advancements, the top retinol products available today have overcome these concerns. 

What makes the Heure Ageless range different is its groundbreaking SPHR™ technology. This proprietary transdermal delivery system safely encapsulates high efficacy active ingredients and delivers them beyond the skin’s surface, deep into the dermis where collagen and elastin reside.

The slow-release encapsulation of the active ingredients ensures sustained efficacy to areas where your skin needs it most. This slow-release is vital to ensure that the product does not irritate or aggravate your skin, which leaves even the most sensitive skins comfortable after application.

That’s right! Say hello to an age-defying treatment that delivers what matters to where it truly matters, without the worry of irritation. Indeed, this also makes Heure’s Ageless Night Treatment the perfect choice for those who are looking for an effective, yet gentle retinol product.

You can now reap the benefits of retinol without worrying about dryness, redness or discomfort. Fantastic!

If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding and can’t use retinol at all, don’t worry! We’ve a pregnancy-safe alternative, the ést.lab’s LumiWhite 10% PHA Skin Resurfacing Glow Serum

Even though it’s less potent than retinol, this magical serum provides comparable results in the long-run. Thanks to its 10% PHA formula that effectively smooths skin texture, enhances clarity, boosts radiance, refines pores and minimises breakouts. Unlike AHA, which may cause irritations overtime, PHA is the gentlest exfoliating acid of all time to achieve poreless and luminous skin, negating any potential sensitivity.

A perfect all-rounder serum— we love it!

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And there you have it – the beginner’s guide to retinol! To say we’re obsessed is an understatement.

It’s time to incorporate this magical ingredient into your skincare regimen to transform your complexion and jumpstart your skincare journey to smoother, brighter and firmer skin!

In good hands,