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Let's talk retinol...

01 Jul 2023
Ready to try retinol but not quite sure what to expect?
Prone to sensitivity and worried your skin will suffer?

Even we know that sometimes the horror can outweigh the hype when it comes to retinol reviews. We hear you, and we're here to help!
Firstly, why retinol?
In skincare, retinol can help address concerns such as acne and signs of aging, specifically by assistsing with our epidermal cell turnover.
When used consistently, retinol has the power to smooth and plump skin, and help promote a clearer complexion.

So, what are the downsides?
There's nothing to be scared of! More just things to keep in mind with retinol use.
Retinol products are almost exclusively recommended for night time use as they can cause increased sensitivity to UV light.
There's also a precaution surrounding frequency of use, with most retinol products encouraging application just once or twice a week depending on your skin's 'tolerance'.
Retinol has earned a reputation for causing some nasty skin side effects such as dryness, itchiness, inflammation and peeling, amongst others.
This is why we're told to avoid slugging, using exfoliating ingredients and high concentration actives like vitamin C when using retinol.
Though,at the same time, we're told to practice techniques such as sandwiching, skin cycling and so on.

But who wants to worry about all of this at once? Not us!
Enter: innisfree's Retinol Cica Repair Ampoule, whose concentration is key.
At a very, very mild 0.015%, our Retinol Cica Repair Ampoule is a daily-use retinol (yes, daily-use, you read that right), suitable even for dry or sensitive skin.
And the best part? We've infused the formula with hydrating, soothing and glow-enhancing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, cica, niacinamide and more!

So, what can it do for your skin?
Through consistent use (we recommend applying every evening for the best results!), our Retinol Cica Repair Ampoule works to address skin concerns such as breakouts, texture, inflammation and the appearance of enlarged pores.
But it doesn't quite stop there - this unique formula also helps hydrate and care for our skin barrier, whilst providing protection from environmental damage (thanks to antioxidant ingredients like betaglucan and betacarotene!)
If you're wondering where the ampoule fits into your routine, it's as easy as swapping it out for your serum step or using in conjunction with - whichever you prefer!
Here are a few of our favourite 4-step routines that feature our Retinol Cica Repair Ampoule (remembering not to skip SPF during the daytime!):

For dry, sensitive skin
2. Green Tea Hyaluronic Skin (applied with hands)

For acne-prone skin
1. Bija Trouble Toner (applied with a cotton pad)

For combination-oily skin
1. Green Tea Hyaluronic Skin (applied with a cotton pad)

For dull-looking skin
Whether you're looking to target breakouts and texture, or simply maintain clear-looking skin, try adding our Retinol Cica Repair Ampoule into your routine today!

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