Hello skincare junkies!!
I hope you are all well on this gloomy Monday afternoon.
Today I want to share with you one of my all-time favorite products: Paula’s choice 1% retinol treatment, which I have been using on and off for over 2 years.
First of all, let’s get a few things out of the way :
1- Retinol is, in the simplest sense, an antioxidant derivative of vitamin A. The powerful ingredient speeds up cell turnover for existing skin damage, and cleverly interrupts the free-radical damage process – from the environment, and general aging – to prevent the likes of wrinkles and spots from forming.
2- Retinol might not be for everyone and caution needs to be used when starting this product
3- Only use Retinol at night, starting with 2 or 3 times a week, and always wear Spf 30 or higher during daytime.
4- 1% is the highest concentration you can get without a prescription.
Now, Paula’s choice offers a variety of retinol products but I find this one to be the most effective.
It has the consistency of a lightweight cream and spreads very easily, it is mostly aimed at people with brown spots, acne scarring, discoloration or deep set of lines. She recommends using it a few nights a week to begin with and then gradually increasing to skin tolerance( being the skincare junkie I am , I didn’t follow her advice and used it every day for a week resulting in a very big and sore dry patch around my cheek area!ouch).
After a few weeks of use, I noticed my pores were significantly smaller and my skin looked very luminous, also my pigmentation around my orbital bone was reduced.As for fine lines, I didn’t notice a massive improvement, though.
I find this product works best when applied on dry skin at night and used up to 4 times a week, at least this works best for me ( normal to dry skin, not particularly sensitive).
What is great about this product is that it contains several peptides to stimulate collagen production and licorice root extract to lessen pigmentation.
It retails for £53 and it is available at https://www.paulaschoice.co.uk.
I ‘ll attach a picture of my skin that I took last evening after applying the 1% retinol and the Dr. Perricone Face finishing moisturizer.
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