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The Ordinary Retinol

The Ordinary Retinol solution is formulated to slow down the ageing effects on the skin and improve its texture. It is available in 3 strengths-0.2%, 0.5% and 1%. This provides a good opportunity for people with sensitive skin to begin their journey of anti-ageing with 0.2% strength.

What is it? Retinol based anti-ageing night serum.

Who can use it? Normal to oily skin for delaying signs of ageing.

Can I use it for sensitive skin? Yes, you can begin with 0.2% The Ordinary retinol once your sensitive skin is calm for some time. Upgrade to the higher version gradually.

Goodies: Retinol, Squalene

Not so good: None

Brands:: The Ordinary

Description

Description

The Ordinary Retinol benefits

Rejuvenates Skin: The small molecules of retinol penetrate through the outer layer of skin called the epidermis and into the dermis, repairing existing skin cells and creating new healthier ones. Retinol neutralizes free radicals, boosting the production of elastin and collagen, which makes the skin supple and spotless.

Boosts Anti-Ageing: Daily usage of The Ordinary retinol solution reduces the fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone, thus retaining youthfulness.

Prevents skin damage: The antioxidant Squalane helps in protecting the skin from UV damage, and sunspots. It also helps in killing harmful bacteria and fungi, causing fewer breakouts.

Repairs skin: Along with Squalane and retinol, the product also contains Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato Fruit Extract) which helps balance the pH of the skin. Tomatoes contain antioxidants and are rich in vitamins and minerals. Solanum Lycopersicum helps fight cellular damage and nullifies free radicals, repairs the skin and keeps it wrinkle-free.

How to use it?

The Ordinary Retnol should be used at night after washing your face. Put a few drops on the face and gently massage until it gets absorbed. Wait for 15-30 minutes. If your skin feels dry and stretched, put on a layer of bland moisturiser.

 

Dermatocare recommendations

Additional information

Gender

Female, Male

Skin Type

Normal/Combination, Oily

Skin concern

Acne & Blemishes, Ageing/Wrinkles, Pores/Blackheads/Whiteheads

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Price range

$$

Regime

Night

Quick Comparison

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DescriptionThe Ordinary Retinol solution is formulated to slow down the ageing effects on the skin and improve its texture. It is available in 3 strengths-0.2%, 0.5% and 1%. This provides a good opportunity for people with sensitive skin to begin their journey of anti-ageing with 0.2% strength. What is it? Retinol based anti-ageing night serum. Who can use it? Normal to oily skin for delaying signs of ageing. Can I use it for sensitive skin? Yes, you can begin with 0.2% The Ordinary retinol once your sensitive skin is calm for some time. Upgrade to the higher version gradually. Goodies: Retinol, Squalene Not so good: None
Worried about oily skin, post acne marks, open pores and anti-ageing? CeraVe Retinol Serum is at your rescue. What is it? Retinol based anti-ageing serum to be used at night. Who can use? Normal to oily skin to hydrate, lighten, and rejuvenate your skin. Can it be used for sensitive skin? CeraVe retinol serum has sotting and skin repairing agent. It can be tried in mildly sensitive skin if it is calm. Avoid in super-sensitive skin. Goodies:  Retinol, Niacinamide, Ceramides, Hyaluronic acid Not so good: None
Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting cream with SPF 30 in your anti-ageing routine after the age of 30 in the morning as described article, Anti-ageing skincare routine. The best part is that you can rely on just one product to protect and rejuvenate your skin in the morning. What is it? Sunscreen with SPF 30 with anti-ageing and skin lightening action Who can use it? Who can use it? All skin type Sensitive skin: Unlikely to irritate, however, chances of reaction cant be ruled outIf you are a fan of K Beauty, then Dr Different Vita A Cream Forte is a must try. It enriched with Retinaldehyde, Hyaluronic acid, adenosine, ceramide and safflower oil. What is it? Anti-ageing cream with Retinaldehyde and Hyaluronic acid Who can use? Normal to oily skin types for reducing signs of ageing skin Sensitive skin: Might not suit

Beginning your anti-ageing journey as early as 20 years with a combination of retinol at night and Vitamin C in the morning is highly beneficial. While Vitamin C promotes skin repair and even skin tone, retinol keeps a check on the oil secretions. Moreover, we have chosen agents that have salicylic acid and Niacinamides. Both prevent acne, open pores and black/whiteheads.

What is it? The anti-ageing regime for 20-25 years of age with a focus on acne prevention

Who can use it? Oily to Normal skin types without acne or pigmentation. If you have active acne/ dark spots, you should address those skin concerns first and return to this regime.

Sensitive skin: Yes, you can try if your skin is calm

If you are looking for a mask that soothes and hydrates your skin, then you can try Mamaearth Hyaluronic Bamboo Sheet Mask. What is it? Sheet mask with Hyaluronic acid, rose hip oil and Niacinamide Who can use it? Dry to normal skin for hydration and soothing benefits Sensitive skin: Can be used on inflamed skin, however the chances of sensitivity cannot be ruled out.  
Additional information
Gender

Female, Male

Skin Type

Normal/Combination, Oily

Skin concern

Acne & Blemishes, Ageing/Wrinkles, Pores/Blackheads/Whiteheads

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Price range

$$

Regime

Night

Gender

Female, Male

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Skin concern

Acne & Blemishes, Ageing/Wrinkles, Pigmentation & Dark Spots, Pores/Blackheads/Whiteheads

Skin Type

Normal/Combination, Oily

Price range

$$

Regime

Night

Skin Type

Dry, Normal/Combination, Oily

Skin concern

Ageing/Wrinkles, Pigmentation & Dark Spots

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Gender

Female, Male

Price range

$

Regime

Morning

Gender

Female, Male

Skin Type

Normal/Combination, Oily

Skin concern

Ageing/Wrinkles

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never

Regime

Night

Price range

$$$

Gender

Female, Male

Skin Type

Dry, Normal/Combination

Skin concern

Ageing/Wrinkles

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Price range

$$

Gender

Female, Male

Skin Type

Dry, Normal/Combination

Skin concern

Ageing/Wrinkles

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Frequently(it is irritated now), Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Price range

$

Content

The Ordinary Retinol benefits

Rejuvenates Skin: The small molecules of retinol penetrate through the outer layer of skin called the epidermis and into the dermis, repairing existing skin cells and creating new healthier ones. Retinol neutralizes free radicals, boosting the production of elastin and collagen, which makes the skin supple and spotless. Boosts Anti-Ageing: Daily usage of The Ordinary retinol solution reduces the fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone, thus retaining youthfulness. Prevents skin damage: The antioxidant Squalane helps in protecting the skin from UV damage, and sunspots. It also helps in killing harmful bacteria and fungi, causing fewer breakouts. Repairs skin: Along with Squalane and retinol, the product also contains Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato Fruit Extract) which helps balance the pH of the skin. Tomatoes contain antioxidants and are rich in vitamins and minerals. Solanum Lycopersicum helps fight cellular damage and nullifies free radicals, repairs the skin and keeps it wrinkle-free.

How to use it?

The Ordinary Retnol should be used at night after washing your face. Put a few drops on the face and gently massage until it gets absorbed. Wait for 15-30 minutes. If your skin feels dry and stretched, put on a layer of bland moisturiser.  

Cera Ve retinol Serum Benefits

Anti-ageing: Retinol has numerous studies to back it efficacy in preventing wrinkles, promoting even skin tone and smoothening skin texture. Control sebum secretion: Retinol reduces the activity of oil secreting glands, which in turn reduces pores, and comedones. Anti-acne: Retinoids in form of adapalene and tretinoin are routinely prescribed for reducing pimples. Retinol is mildest form of retinoid that helps in preventing acne by gentle exfoliation and controlling oil secretions. Niacinamide reduces inflammation associated with acne. Post acne dark spots: Retinol, niacinamide and retinoids reduce the dark spots left after acne. Hydrates your skin: Ceramides are hallmark of CeraVe products. They help in repairing skin barrier along with hydrating your skin.

Benefits

  • Anti-ageing with help of palmitoyl peptide. Peptides help in producing collagen. They reduce fine wrinkles, improve skin barrier and make the skin firm.
  • Skin lightening by Niacinamide and Ceratonia siliqua fruit extract. Niacinamide reduces the transfer of melanin from melanocyte to skin cells. Thus, has skin lightening benefit according to many studies. Ceratonia siliqua fruit extract promotes even skin tone by reducing melanin according to this study.
  • Soothing by Panthenol or Pro-vitamin B5 and Niacinamide. Both help in easing inflammation.
  • Skin repair with help of anti-oxidant action of Green tea and Vitamin E. Daily stress, UV rays, pollution etc produce damaging oxidative stress. Anti-oxidants prevent damage to the skin and promote repair as well.
  • Sunscreen: It provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays with help of the following sunscreens: Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 9.0%, Octisalate 4.5%, Octocrylene 6.0%. SPF of 30 is enough for daily casual exposure. However, you should top up with SPF 50+ while stepping out in the bright sun.

Side effects

There is no side effect of Olay Regenerist. Few hyper sensitive skins might get redness, irritation or rash.

Variants:

Olay Regenerist is an anti-ageing range from the globally renounced company, Proctor and Gamble. Olay Regenerist range includes:
  • Cleanser
  • Day cream with SPF 30
  • Day cream with SPF 15
  • Night Serum
  • Night cream
  • Eye cream
All of the above have similar benefits.  

Benefits:

Anti-ageing: Dr Different Vita A Cream Forte fights ageing with the help of most potent  retinoid available without prescription, called as retinaldehyde. Studies show that Retinaldehyde at concentration of 0.05% show both visible and microscopic reversal in ageing process after 1 year of use. Deep hydration: This cream has many emollients like glycerine, shea butter, ceramides, safflower oil, cholesterol etc. they help in counter acting the dryness cause by retinaldehyde. Plumping effect: Glycerine and Hyaluronic acid absorbs water into epidermis giving plumping effect. Side effects: It can make your skin dry and sensitive, especially if you are new to retinoids. We recommend introducing it gradually.

How to use it?

You should use this cream at night after washing and pat drying your face. Start with 0.5% variant twice a week and then alternate night and finally daily. For detailed instructions on how to use retinoids correctly, read our article: Best retinoid or retinaldehyde cream  

 MORNING REGIME

Step 1 Face wash

The objective of washing is to clean the face without making it dry or oily. Based on your skin type, you can choose from the following:

Best face wash for oily skin

Best face wash for combination or normal skin

Step 2 Vitamin C Serum

After washing and pat drying your face, apply Vitamin C serum. You can either apply Garnier Vitamin c serum or Sesderma C-vit based on your skin concern.

Garnier Vitamin C serum for open pores, oily skin and black/whiteheads.

Sesderma C-vit serum for red and brown marks left after healing of pimples

Step 3: Sunscreen

Put on light-weight sunscreen that does not occlude your pores. Repeat the second application 30 minutes before going out in sun. You can apply make-up on top of sunscreen.

Bioderma Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 30 fluid is a good option for those who have black/whiteheads and open pores because it has AHA and BHA.

Cetaphil Pro Pil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30 is for those who have red or pus-filled pimples. It has Zinc gluconate that reduces acne.

NIGHT REGIME

Remove make-up with micellar water and wash your face. Put Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum on the full face. The combination of retinoid and niacinamide in this serum reduces oil secretion and keeps a check on acne.

WEEKLY REGIME

You can scrub your face gently followed by an application of a sheet mask or face a pack once or twice a week. This help in reducing build-up on your skin and prevent uneven skin tone.

Neutrogena scrub is a great way to reduce oil secretion, exfoliate and prevent build-up.

Mama Earth Vitamin C Sleeping Face Mask brightens your skin with help of Vitamin C, Mulberry extracts, Glycolic acid, turmeric and aloe vera.

Benefits:

Soothes inflamed skin: Allantoin, honey and niacinamide in this mask seep into your skin reducing redness and inflammation. Deep nourishment: Mixture of hyaluronic acid, rose hip oil, glycerin and water hydrate your skin without blocking the pores. Plumping effects: Hyaluronic acid absorbs water into the topmost layer of skin giving a plumping effect to your skin.

Side effects

It is unlikely to irritate unless your skin is super-sensitive.

How to use it?

Scrub or wash your face and pat dry. Put the sheet mask on your face until it dries up in 10-15 minutes.
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