Marcelle Cosmetics is continuing its mission to bust buzzwords and educate Canadians on the importance of protecting the skin’s microbiome, and has enlisted the help of Canadian Dermatologist, Dr. Katie Beleznay, Marcelle's Skin Health Expert, to break down the ABCs of glowing skin. Dr. Katie outlines the benefits of using Retinol, and her simple tips and tricks for incorporating it into your skincare routine below.
What’s a microbiome and why is it important?
- Your microbiome is an invisible bacteria ecosystem found on the surface of your skin
- The good bacteria protect your skin from environmental impacts
- You can stabilize your skin’s microbiome with probiotics to maintain a balanced complexion and healthy-looking skin
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a type of retinoid derived from Vitamin A*. Retinol is typically found in many high-volume foods, such as kale and hard-boiled eggs. Our bodies naturally produce Retinol but overtime those levels decrease, which is why retinoids are great for helping prevent visible signs of aging on our skin.
*Vitamin A is an important nutrient for vision growth, cell division and supports a healthy immune system.
The Benefits of Retinol
Often referred to as a “holy grail” skincare ingredient, Retinol can help with everything from photoaging and skin texture, to pigmentation and acne. Retinol can stimulate the production of collagen, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by smoothing your skin. It can also fade hyperpigmentation and may help with acne by accelerating skin cell renewal, preventing pores from clogging.
How to Apply
- Always apply at night.
- Cleanse skin first and ensure it is dry prior to applying Marcelle’s Retinol³ + Probiotic Night Serum*.
*This is important because if your skin is damp, the retinol will absorb more deeply into your skin and might cause irritation.
Marcelle’s Retinol³ + Probiotic Night Serum
- Apply a pea-sized amount of serum evenly around your face. Be careful around the eyes and neck, which can be more sensitive.
- Follow with a moisturizer to hydrate your skin and reduce risk of irritation.
- Wear a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen daily to protect your skin.
- When starting out, use Retinol 2-3 nights per week and build up to nightly use if your skin tolerates it. Your skin will see benefits if you use Retinol consistently over the long term, even if you only use it 1-3 nights per week.
Tips & Tricks
- Wait 10 minutes after cleansing before applying Retinol.
- Using the Sandwich Technique*, layer Retinol between two applications of moisturizer.
*Sandwich Technique: A product layering method that traps hydration into the skin. It involves placing lighter formulas on a damp face, then layering on thicker ones to seal in the moisture.
- Counteract dryness or redness from Retinol by adding additional ingredients to your routine, like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, ceramides, and niacinamide, which can help repair your skin’s barrier.
- Avoid use of exfoliating acids, like AHA/BHA acids or benzoyl peroxide, at the same time as Retinol application, as these treatments can become less effective and increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
- If you develop significant irritation, stop using the product, moisturize, then restart once your skin has settled.