Anti-aging skincare: the worst mistakes and best tips for using retinoids according to a pro

Anti-aging skincare: the worst mistakes and best tips for using retinoids according to a pro


If you are looking to implement an anti-aging skincare routine, in addition to a healthy lifestyle and daily SPF50 sunscreen, you may be considering using retinoids. To get the best out of it, The Ordinary’s scientific director, Pruvdi Kaa, gives us some key advice on mistakes to avoid.

Integrating retinoids into your skincare routine, the family of the most well-known and recognized anti-aging active ingredients, cannot be improvised, as Pruvdi Kaa, the scientific director of The Ordinary, explains to us. “When choosing between our retinoids, we recommend selecting your product based on your level of experience using retinoids”, advises Pruvdi Kaa, the scientific director of The Ordinary. He specifies

For beginners, we recommend choosing Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion, Granactive 2% in Squalane or Retinol 0.2% in Squalane.

For intermediate userswe recommend choosing Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane, Retinol 0.5% in Squalane or Retinol 1% in Squalane.

Finally, for advanced retinoid userswe recommend Retinal Emulsion 0.2%.

Don’t: Use a highly concentrated retinoid every day from the start

As it is a powerful active ingredient, using a highly concentrated retinoid daily, overnight, can cause irritation or even burns. Especially if you do not follow its application in the evening by using an SPF50 the next morning.

Do: gradually build your tolerance to retinoids in the evening, and use SPF during the day

Start with a low concentration of retinoids and gradually increase concentration if necessary, advises Pruvdi Kaa, the scientific director of The Ordinary:

“If you’re new to retinoids, we recommend building up your skin’s tolerance with the lowest concentration possible (you can explore our formulas containing retinol or Granactive Retinoide, for example), and gradually increasing concentration if and when needed. We recommend starting by using Retinal Emulsion 0.2% once a week in the evening, then gradually increasing to twice a week. »

Always use retinoids in the evening and sunscreen in the morning to protect skin from UV sensitivity.

Don’t: overload your skin with other active ingredients

It is also important to keep in mind all ingredient conflicts with retinoids to avoid triggering skin sensitivities and increasing their potential for irritation. Here is the list of active ingredients that it is best to avoid combining with the use of retinoids, according to the scientific director of The Ordinary, Pruvdi Kaa:

Exfoliating acids: As retinoids and direct acids have the ability to support the skin’s natural exfoliation mechanism, combining the two in the same routine can increase the risks of developing skin sensitivities. If you want to combine retinoids and exfoliating acids into a routine, we recommend using them every other day and/or night.

Direct vitamin C: For reasons of skin tolerance, we do not recommend combining retinoids with direct vitamin C (LAA), as this could increase the risk of developing skin sensitivities. If you want to incorporate both into your routine, we suggest using them every other evening and waiting until your skin has adapted to one of the products before introducing another.

Copper peptides: Since both retinoids and copper peptides have the ability to support the skin’s natural exfoliation mechanism, combining them in the same regimen may increase the risk of developing skin sensitivities. If you want to combine both products in a regimen, we recommend using them every other day and/or night.

Other retinoids: Retinoids have the ability to support the skin’s natural exfoliation mechanisms. This is why we do not recommend combining multiple retinoids in the same regimen, as this could increase the risk of overexfoliation of the skin and the development of skin sensitivities.

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Do: be patient and lighten your routine around retinoids

Unless you are an expert in skincare, it is therefore better lighten your routine, making do with a good double cleanse in the evening, a possible moisturizing lotion, then a retinoid treatment. If your skin feels the need, you can add a moisturizing and soothing cream, after waiting a good minute, or you can try retinol sandwich. And in the morning, possible cleansing, an optional lotion, and the essential SPF50 sunscreen.

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Retinal Emulsion 0.2% — The Ordinary — €21 for 15 ml.


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