So, what is retinol?
Answer: a vitamin A derivative that stimulates collagen production which in turn helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Who can use retinol?
Answer: Anyone! However, it is most recommended to people in their early twenties.
Are there any side effects?
Answer: First-time users may experience irritation, which will eventually go away as the skin becomes more accustomed.
Now that all commonly asked questions are answered, let's jump right up to the products, shall we?
1. The Ordinary's Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
The Ordinary has been known to deliver high-quality products at affordable prices. TO's Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane is perfectly designed for beginners as it has the lowest concentration of retinol compared to their other retinol product variants. Squalane in the formula helps to reduce inflammation and irritation that may occur as a result of using retinol for the first time.
As your skin builds tolerance, you may upgrade to a higher concentration. Read the review here, if you're curious. What's great is that this product typically costs less than RM70. You can get this product from Shopee's authorized sellers, Zalora, Puff Studio, and more. (subject to stock availability.)
2. Elizabeth Arden's Retinol Ceramide Capsules
This particular retinol product is formulated with ceramide, an incredible agent of moisture; meaning it will combat irritation that comes with using retinol. Plus, the retinol in this product exists in low concentration which makes it suitable for beginners. read more on the review here.
While the price may be a bit steep, it's worth mentioning that Zalora, Shopee, and Lazada often offer skincare deals for this brand, so look out for that. Why pay more when you can pay less?
3. PIXI's Collagen & Retinol Serum
Pixi is quite an affordable brand that you can find on Sephora and this serum, in particular, does its job well with its non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula. It is best incorporated in your night routine, paired with a moisturizer to seal it in. This product receives four out of five stars review on the Sephora website, and many users claimed to be happy with the product.
To conclude, it is never too early to start an anti-aging routine so perhaps retinol could be your next best friend.