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Do you need a Retinol serum?

It seems like everyone is using a retinol serum. We know that you’re used to hearing your dermatologist, esthetician, and favorite social media enthusiasts talk about it. So WHY do you need one and should you start one?

What are the benefits of using a retinol serum?

Retinol serums can help with anti-aging, scarring, collagen induction, and treating pimples/discoloration. Our retinol serum is also formulated with bakuchiol to give it an additive effect. Our Retinoath serum  is a great place to start for a beginner or if you cannot tolerate traditional prescription retinoids. If you’re TRULY a beginner or consider yourself one with sensitive skin or rosacea, consider our bakuchiol and alpha hydroxy acid serum instead: the TBH serum.

What makes our serum special?

This contains three forms of vitamin A. Our granactive retinoid (hydroxypinacolone retinoate plus dimethyl isosorbide) is the next generation of anti-aging products by offering the performance of a retinol and retinoid derivatives with less irritation and visibly more youthful looking skin. Retinyl linoleate, a derivative of retinol, helps reduce skin imperfections, improves skin hydration, exfoliates the skin, and also helps brighten the skin. It also contains bakuchio, which further helps refine and resurface the skin for a clearer complexion without adding any added irritation.

How should I use this product?

If you have oily/combination skin: Apply 1-2 pumps to a clean, dry, face at night. Then top off with your favorite moisturizer.

If you have sensitive/dry skin: Apply 1 pump to clean, dry face every OTHER night until nightly tolerance is achieved. Don’t forget to top off with your favorite moisturizer.

If you have REALLY sensitive/dry skin: Apply 1 pump to clean, dry face and wash off after 15 minutes. This is known as the short contact method. You can do this 2-3 times per week until you can leave it on for longer and then nightly tolerance is achieved. Again, yes we know we sound like a broken record, but don’t forget to moisturize. We also love a good “retinoid sandwich” in which you can moisturizer first, apply retinoid, and then reapply your moisturizer.

Can I use this if I am pregnant?

Most dermatologists do not recommend the use of Vitamin A derivatives during pregnancy. Consider checking out our retinol free formulation, the TBH serum and as always, please discuss with your physician before adding any new products to your skincare routine.

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