Why include retinol in your skin care routine?

Posted by Ingrie Williams on

Retinol is often referred to as the gold-standard of anti-aging skincare, and for good reason. When it comes to results, this heavy hitting ingredient delivers on so many levels. If you want to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, transform a dull, dry or uneven texture, or get a handle on everything that comes along with acne (clogged pores, scarring, etc.), then adding retinol to your routine can indeed be game-changing. But this isn’t a relationship you want to rush into blindly. For outstanding results you need to find a formula that’s a perfect fit and follow a few key steps. Here’s what you need to know before you embark on your retinol journey. 


Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative that stimulates cell turnover, which naturally slows down as we get older. The ingredient encourages the creation of new cells that are pushed to the surface of the skin, forcing old dead cells to slough off more rapidly. By giving a boost to collagen and elastin production (aka the key components to a bouncy, firm complexion), retinol also helps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it can impact moisture levels and assist dry skin by allowing it to retain hydration better. And it’s often recommended for acne, too! Why? Because retinol excels at dissolving congestion within pores and reducing inflammation. While the end game in every scenario is better skin, these powerful processes can result in flaking, peeling and irritation – especially if you use too strong a concentration of retinol too soon. Allowing skin to adapt, it’s best to start with a low percentage and work up tolerance.


Level 1

If you’ve never used retinol before and have mild to moderate skin concerns, try Vivier Retinol 0.3% SR Complex. It’s also a great choice for anyone with sensitive skin. Starting here puts you on the path to visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin tone and texture, and reducing imperfections. With steady use you’ll soon see smoother, firmer and more radiant skin.


Level 2

Does your skin already like retinol? Then it will love the new Vivier Retinol 0.5%. Ideal for anyone currently using the mighty ingredient and looking to maintain their results, daily use can lead to plumper, smoother, brighter skin and reduced breakouts. 

As the latest addition to the Vivier retinol collection, it’s also formulated with encapsulated retinol. This means the ingredient is slowly released into the skin over time, which helps to minimize irritation and build retinol tolerance. Better yet, the encapsulation helps to protect retinol from light and air, elements that can degrade it and alter its efficacy. The new 0.5% formula is also blended with additional hardworking antioxidants to create the ultimate anti-aging essential. It includes Vitamin C, which is key to collagen production and helps to reduce free-radical damage and environmental stress on skin. Vitamin E, which can strengthen skin’s barrier function, makes an appearance, too. And last, but certainly not least, there’s squalane. The anti-inflammatory hero offers weightless hydration that softens, soothes and shields skin from redness.


Level 3

For advanced signs of aging, discolouration or acne, the Vivier Retinol 1% Night Complex offers the most potent retinol formulation. Designed to resurface and rejuvenate, it’s also a suitable pick for anyone who wants to see dramatic results ASAP.

Now that you know which retinol formula is for you, a slight adjustment to your skincare routine will secure elevated results. It’s best to use retinol only in the evening to avoid UV exposure which can aggravate irritation. Apply a thin layer of retinol, followed by a dab of reparative moisturizer to keep skin comforted during the night. In the AM, make a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher part of your morning routine. Daily sun protection is always required with any retinol use.


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