Everything You Need to Know About Retinol

Retinol. A word that invokes fear in the minds of many consumers—but it doesn’t have to. Used correctly and in the right delivery system, retinol is a truly transformative, not-at-all scary ingredient that helps firm, smooth, brighten, and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The key to using retinol is building up your regimen to incorporate this powerhouse ingredient. How do you do this, you ask? We’ve got you covered with a few tips from our experts and products ideal for all skin types and concerns. 

We recommend starting your retinol journey with Define, an age-defying treatment that has a low retinol percentage at 2%, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. Define encourages skin renewal and cell turnover to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while evening skin tone. The luxe formula will have you forgetting you’re spa-treating your skin at home! 

If you’re new to retinol, Serum 16 is another gentle retinol formula with LG-Retinex that’s super safe for sensitive skin. This bestselling serum also features Vitamin E, which works to condition, hydrate and plump the skin. The cooling feel of applying Serum 16 1-3 nights per week is an added benefit of a treatment that works to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while visibly firming the skin. 

For our oily, acne-prone ladies and gents out there, look no further than Refine. Our bestselling Refinishing Treatment helps brighten the skin, diminish the look of blemishes and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and pesky fine lines. The 4% AGP Retinol Complex won’t irritate your skin and can be applied up to 1-3 nights per week. 

Formulated with 8% AGP Retinol Complex, Refine Plus is the highest potency retinol treatment that COSMEDIX has to offer, but rest assured it’s still safe to use weekly once your skin has become accustomed to a more mild retinol formula like Define, Serum 16 or Refine. Its ability to diminish the look of lines and wrinkles to show the world a more youthful, radiant-looking you is worth the deep retinol dive! Refine Plus’s formula works best for normal, oily and dry skin and helps control breakouts, helps even an uneven skin tone as well as give the appearance of younger-looking skin. 

If you’ve never tried a Retinol product or have and want to try something new, you can safely add any COSMEDIX Retinol product to help your skin be a healthier, more youthful version of itself! 

*Because these products contain retinol, each should be used in the evening before bedtime.