Are We Still Loving Retinol?

Short answer: “Yes!” “Retinol is a gold standard skincare ingredient and can address multiple concerns such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and skin texture,” explains Ruan Winter, marketing manager for local skincare brand Vitaderm.

With spring signifying renewal and rejuvenation, one ingredient that can truly work magic on your skin during this season is retinol. Winter shares some insights below as to why spring is the ideal season to incorporate retinol into your routine.


Less sun exposure  – Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, which is why it’s often recommended for use in the evening. During spring, the sun’s intensity is not as strong as in the summer months. Starting retinol in spring allows your skin to acclimate to the ingredient and minimise the risk of sunburn.

 Recovery from winter damage – Winter can be harsh on your skin, leading to dryness, flakiness, and redness. Retinol’s exfoliating and rejuvenating properties can help reverse this damage, leaving your skin looking refreshed and revitalised for spring.

 Preparation for summer – By incorporating retinol into your spring skincare routine, you’re prepping your skin for the sun-exposed days of summer. It helps in achieving a smoother and more even complexion, making your sunscreen and makeup application easier and more effective.

 Long-term benefits – Consistency is key with retinol, and starting in spring allows you to build a routine that you can maintain throughout the year. Over time, retinol can provide cumulative benefits, such as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Retinol Serum is Vitaderm’s most rejuvenating serum. This tri-active skin-perfecting formulation contains a 2.5% blend of Vitamin A derivatives which offer super antioxidant properties that protect cell DNA and enhance skin regeneration. The Retinol Serum should only be applied at night to a clean face and, when using any retinol product, it’s essential to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 as it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Winter adds that retinol can be incorporated into a well-rounded skincare routine alongside other ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and sunscreen and when used in combination with these products, retinol can enhance their effectiveness and boost overall skincare results.

 If you are new to using retinol formulations, it’s recommended you perform a patch test and introduce this product into your skincare routine gradually. Vitaderm’s Retinol Step-Up Programme will show you how.

For more information visit Vitaderm’s website

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