I am a retinol virgin no more! I finally decided to incorporate retinol into my daily skincare routine. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve started using this retinol skincare collection, and I wanted to share my thoughts.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with retinol, it is a form of Vitamin A that is an anti-aging compound that helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles and skin discoloration by increasing the production of collagen in the skin. It acts as a skin exfoliant to help improve blemishes by preventing dead skin cells to clog pores. It also promotes cell turnover, stimulating the production of new blood vessels which helps even out skin tone and improves skin color. Its set apart from other skin ingredients because of its potency.
I’ve been told by a few skin doctors that I don’t need to use retinol. I don’t have any dark or sun spots, pores or wrinkles (yet!), and my skin is pretty even and smooth. I know retinol can cause irritation and redness at first, and because it acts as an exfoliant to the skin, it’s advised not to spend so much time in the sun (which you know that’s pretty much impossible for me because of my travels). Therefore, I was always hesitant to getting started on incorporating retinol into my daily skin routine. My sister uses retinol products, and I know A LOT of people who also use retinol and swear by it, so I’ve always been curious about it and tempted to try it but I haven’t until now!
I decided to start my retinol journey with OLAY’s Retinol24 collection for a few reasons. Here’s why:
- First thing, it’s one of the most affordable retinol collections on the skincare market. You can buy the entire collection (Night Moisturizer, Serum & Eye Cream) all for under $100. Retinol products are expensive and one product can start at $100 or more.
- It’s a nighttime collection- meaning you only have to apply once a day before bed, making it an easy habit!
- I read lots of positive reviews about this collection, and 96% of women who tried it did not experience any irritation or redness.
- You get 24 hour hydration using the products, and after 28 days, you are able to see results and a skin transformation!
That was enough to get me to try the collection and I’m so glad I did. I am halfway into my 28 day retinol trial with Olay and am loving the results so far. I was nervous to experience redness or irritation and I did not AT ALL, not even a little. The first thing I noticed was my skin felt more firm and tight. I love how the product feels on my face every night before bed- it feels super hydrating and my skin feels soft and smooth. About a week in, I felt like my skin was glowing and much brighter too. I even caught my mom looking at me and she told me my skin was glowing! I was especially excited and curious to try the eye cream, because my under eyes are a problem area for me and something I’m self conscious about. They are hollow and a little dark which could be due to my genetics, but I think my constant jet lag and lack of sleep from all my traveling doesn’t help either. My under eyes crave moisture and hydration. The Retinol24 Eye Cream feels like it not only hydrates but also helps firm my under eye area.
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Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Eye Cream – I apply the Eye Cream first before bed. I lightly pat under my eyes until blended in. It gives me instant hydration that lasts for 24 hours. It reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles, while visibly firms and brightens under the eye.
I apply this after the eye cream all over my face and neck. A blend of Vitamin B3 + retinol, this moisturizer hydrates for 24 hours, while visibly improving fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots and pores.
Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Facial Moisturizer- I apply this last on top of the eye cream and serum all over my face and neck. A blend of Vitamin B3 + retinol, this moisturizer hydrates for 24 hours, while visibly improving fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots and pores.
I am SUPER into skincare. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, so it’s important for me to feel confident about my skin. I want my skin glowing and always looking bright and refreshed. Traveling a lot, being on airplanes, the constant jet lag and lack of sleep, as well as being in the sun takes a major toll on my skin. That’s why it’s crucial for me to find a skincare routine that works, is easy, and something I enjoy doing. I am so glad I started my retinol journey and I feel like I can never go back now. Olay’s Retinol24 was the perfect starter collection to introduce me to retinol. I go to bed with my skin feeling hydrated, and wake up feeling like my skin is refreshed and glowing. If you are a retinol user I highly recommend trying this collection, and if you’ve never tried it before, I think this is the perfect start.