It has anti-aging effects and can help clear acne when used in various concentrations.
Retinol increases skin cell production (proliferation), as well as unclogging pores.
It exfoliates your skin and increases collagen production, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving your skin a fresher, plump appearance.
Many fear using it as it can lead to skin peeling and can be delicate around the eye area, but if you start slowly and build up to using it every other night, Hannah said you can see great results.
‘Retinol can be used in the eye area and it’s fantastic for dark circles,’ Hannah said.
She recommends Olay’s Retinol 24 ($29.99) for getting started.
A scientist and author working in beauty has revealed the five things she wishes she knew in her 20s, including that you’re not too young for retinol and the SPF in makeup isn’t enough to protect your complexion.
Hannah English, from Sydney, said she always thought she was ‘too young’ to use retinol when she was 20, but in actual fact if you start before you need to, you’re far more likely to see the positive effects.