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Retinol – Your anti-aging hero

Retinol is one of the only clinically proven anti-aging ingredients to help fight the signs of aging and reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles.

Charlotte TIlbury - Magic Eye Rescue

Do you know the ingredients in your skincare products? If not then read on…

Do you want to know one of the key ingredients that helps to fight fine lines and wrinkles? If so then read on…

Do you want to know the eye cream that I swear by? If so then read on…

We all want that quick fix don’t we? Goodbye lines, goodbye pores, goodbye aging skin – and we want it fast!  However, the reality is that it doesn’t just happen over night. Our skin will naturally age over the years, and in order to turn back the clocks we need to know what we are using, why we are using it and more importantly is it right for our skin?

What is it about your current skincare that you like? Is it actually benefiting your skin and doing what it says it is? The majority of my clients I ask reply with “it’s so good you have to try it”, to which I then ask why it is so good and what’s in it? The response usually being “Um… I am not sure”. This is where we can go so very wrong with our skincare routine. We try and follow trends and what has been advertised in the recent issue of whatever we are reading, and we go and buy it without fully understanding what we are slapping on our skin.  What you actually want to do is know WHAT is in your skincare so you know WHY you are buying what you are buying, and is it doing what you think it should be doing? Just because a product is £300 doesn’t mean it is the best on the market – there are some incredible anti-aging products out there namely by The Ordinary (that has taken social media by storm) which you can pick up for under a tenner!! (omg)!

So…what is there to know? Our two best friends in Skin Care are (drum roll)…Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid (the latter I will talk about in my next post)

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A to help skin cells renew and so much more. A beauty stash with this key ingredient in is what we are looking for.  Retinol is one of the only clinically proven anti-aging ingredients to help fight the signs of aging and reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles.

It stimulates collagen and elastin and increases our cell re-growth – as a hero ingredient for those suffering from Acne it’s no wonder we are getting to know more and more about this wonder. FYI – it’s best used when you reach your 30’s.

What are the side effects?

Retinol can cause side-effects of drying, rosacea, eczema and skin peeling, so please be aware.  It can take a few weeks for your skin to adjust so just be patient!  Make sure you use at night (as Retinol isn’t happy when exposed to the sun’s harmful rays) and apply a low percentage to begin and then increase if need be.  I would suggest to start using it at night time once or twice a week and then slowly increase when your skin has adjusted to every night.

Some of my faves:

La Roche Posay Redermic eyes (I am obsessed with this – it really is amazing and I have seen some great results)!

La Roche Posay – Redermic Eyes

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue – I use this on all my clients as it has fabulous plumping and hydration properties. It protects against anti-aging and “is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help brighten dark circles. Time released retinol molecules work to refine and resurface the skin around the eye to help your eyes appear younger and more radiant, hour-by-hour.” ( – Seriously go and try this….

Charlotte Tilbury – Magic Eye Rescue

Skin Ceuticals – Retinol 0.3 – “Night time concentrate to reduce the appearance of fine lines wrinkles dark spots and blemishes.” (Skin

Skin Ceuticles – Retinol


The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (if you want a lower percentage of Retinol try this one: Retinol 0.1% in Squalane

(If you are really sensitive to Retinol their next line could work for you; Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane)

The Ordinary – Retinol 0.2% in Squalane (image from their own website)


Make sure you stay tuned for my next post on Hyaluronic Acid and its benefits.

What do you use or swear by as your hero products?

Important note:

(If you are pregnant or breastfeeding please make sure you check with your local doctor if you are allowed to use these products)

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