Monday, 18 February 2019

How I'm Using Retinol Toner & Glycolic Acid Together

Using Retinol Toner and Glycolic Acid Together HollieAnnBowe
Almost a year ago, I wrote a post talking about how I had finally got around to trying Pixi glycolic acid and why it was working wonders for my skin. Since then, aside from a few trial and error products, my skincare routine hasn't changed. That is until recently when I introduced a retinol toner. 

I'd heard lots about retinoil in cream, serum and toner form but after doing some reading, I started to wonder if they would be safe to use alongside my glycolic acid preferably without having my face melt away. After a lengthy internet search I finally found some useful information and so I thought I'd share in case you were wondering the same thing.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is an over-the-counter form of Vitamin A. It's said to be a multi-tasker that can increase firmness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing cell production. Bonus, it can also help tackle uneven skin-tone - Hallelujah. It should be applied at night and you should always consider using a suncream to protect your skin. Like most products, it shouldn't be used on broken or sensitive skin as it can cause eczema, dryness and flaking. Think of retinol as helping what's underneath the skins surface.

What is Glycolic Acid?

Glycolic acid is a fruit acid exfoliator. It's said to unclog pores and remove the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal fresh and glowing skin. Bonus, it can also help with discolouration, scarring and, like retinol, it can also assist with fine lines and wrinkles. I experienced some minor irritation when I first started using the product but after a week of incorporating it into my nightly skincare routine, it soon went away. Unlike retinol, glycolic acid helps the skins surface as oppose to what's underneath. 

Can they be used together?

Honestly, it depends who you ask. Every skincare expert has a different opinion on whether they should or shouldn't be combined. In my opinion, do your research and take note of the facts. Depending on your skin type is going to depend on whether it will cause excessive dryness so it's all about listening to your skin and stepping up your moisturiser if it's a problem. 

How do I like to use them?

Because of factors like increased dryness, I rotate them within my routine. I use my glycolic acid each night and now that my skin is used to it, I've started to introduce the retinol one night, in place of it. I do notice increased dryness the night of and day after I use retinol but I just ensure I keep on top of moisturiser and sometimes add a hyaluronic acid for extra hydration if  necessary. I absolutely love incorporating both of these products into my skincare routine because they benefit my skin in different ways - I wouldn't be without either of them. It's all about listening to what your skin is telling you and adjusting your products accordingly.

Do you use either of these products? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, what products in your skincare routine could you absolutely not live without?


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