Oh, sometimes in beauty, as in life, it’s the little details that make a difference.
I’ve been using French retinol A313 for 3 years now. I use it every night.
Of late, I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my skin. A woman who helped me move my vast wardrobe wanted to know my secret; then whilst chatting to a charming grey-haired gentlemen about his rare BMW he out of the blue, mentioned my “beautiful complexion” (!!!); and my sister, who comes to visit once a year, said I am getting younger- and younger-looking every time she sees me. Ah, you can always trust your sister to “tell it like it is” …ha ha.
Since I haven’t changed my products, I can only attribute this improvement to a refinement of technique. I gleaned some very useful tips from London dermatologist Dr. Sam on YouTube. Watching her actually applying the product is worth a million words. Here is what I learnt:
BUFFER Retinols can be irritating. But instead of enduring the peeling, flaking, and red skin that can result and then ultimately giving up, Dr, Sam advises Buffering by applying the retinol 5 to 10 minutes after moisturising at night with a niacinamide-based cream. Two further comfort measures she suggests are what she calls Moisturiser Googles and a Moisturiser Duvet. Clever!
ESCALATE Begin with a half-fingertip amount (1/4 gram) of product and then once your skin has built up a tolerance, increase the quantity to a full fingertip amount (1/2 gram).
RUB IT IN Retinols are powerful. I was ever so gently applying A313 until Dr. Sam dropped this tidbit of information I had not heard or read elsewhere: retinol needs to be firmly massaged into the skin. If it is just sitting on the top of the skin, it causes irritation. Apply evenly, but thin out the product in the nasolabial folds and areas with fine lines and wrinkles so it doesn’t sit in the creases. Work it into your skin so it can do its magic.
As Dr. Sam says about retinol, It’s a marathon, not a sprint. The first part of winning with retinol is showing up; and secondly, not giving up.
Now you know how to do it.
WATCH: Dr Sam Bunting
NIACINAMIDE MOISTURISERS: Dr. Sam’s Flawless Moisturiser; CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream; CeraVe PM; La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer
FOR OTHER FRENCH BEAUTY PRODUCTS SEE MY POST: FRENCH PHARMACY