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Retinol: the skin superhero we all need

A derivative of Vitamin A, retinol is a key and powerful ingredient in fighting signs of ageing. At Real You, Dr Kathryn supplies Retriderm – a serum that targets skin cells to promote skin renewal.

With continued use, results include reduced fine lines and wrinkles, improved elasticity and tightness, and enhanced texture and tone.

Vitamin A is great for skin and naturally occurs in the body, but over time skin renewal slows; that’s where Retriderm comes in. Retinol has been used for over 40 years and is recommended by dermatologists for its abilities to promote skin cell production.

Better skin cell production ultimately means better skin structure in the epidermis and enhanced collagen in the dermis, giving a plumper, smoother appearance.

Because retinol is clinically proven as a powerful ingredient, you should start building up use gradually if you’re new to the product. Retriderm is available in different strengths; it’s best to start applying 0.5% serum twice a week in the evening for the first two weeks before upping your applications to three or four times a week.

When the 0.5% serum is finished, you can move on to Retriderm Max 1% and gradually increase your applications to every evening.

Retriderm Serum is also recommended by BBC One’s “The Truth About… Looking Good”!

Who should use Retriderm?

Almost everyone can use Retriderm! Because skin ageing really starts in your late 20s, it makes sense to add retinol into your skincare regime to start protecting and renewing your skin early. It can even delay the onset of fine lines! Otherwise, retinol is recommended once you turn 30.

If you have ultra-sensitive skin, you’ll want to build up your retinol tolerance slowly. Use a low concentration or less frequent application to start with. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their doctor prior to using a retinol serum.

Irritation can occur when using retinol, including tingling, redness or peeling. But, once your skin is accustomed to the serum, any irritation should subside.

Retriderm also contains hyaluronic acid for extra hydration, and Vitamin E for anti-oxidant protection, to help minimise irritation. You should use an SPF such as Heliocare 360 in the mornings to combat photosensitivity and prevent dryness.

How should I use Retriderm?

  1. Less is more. A pea sized amount should be plenty to cover your face.
  2. Apply at night for best results, as sunlight can make retinol ineffective.
  3. Moisturise with an SPF inclusive formula in the morning to combat dryness and protect against photosensitivity. Dr Kathryn recommends Heliocare 360.
  4. Consistency is key. It is important to remember that a little sensitivity is normal with a powerful ingredient like retinol, but your skin will adjust, and any discomfort should subside after a couple of weeks. If not, reduce applications or use a lower strength.
  5. Patience is a virtue! It can take a few weeks to start noticing the results of Retriderm. Many people see great results after 8 weeks. It may take time, but the benefits are worth it.

If you’re looking for a miracle worker that will combat signs of aging skin, Retriderm is the one for you. Get in touch with Dr Kathryn if you’d like to get your hands on it.

To find out more about any of our products or treatments, contact the clinic today on 0208 901 6444 or email