The Power of Retinol
Throughout my time at Ashtoria, I can’t tell you how many times clients have asked about a retinol product. Until recently, our retinol product selection was limited to a few products in the Visual Changes line containing low amounts of a retinoid. Now, I’m so pleased to inform you all that we now have added pure retinol serums to our product line! But just what is this magic serum and why should you be using it?
Retinol is the exfoliating, anti-aging, anti-breakout product that skincare professionals swear by. Retinol basically speeds up the exfoliation process by providing rapid skin cell turnover to reveal younger, healthier looking skin. While this product is suitable for most skin types, different strengths are appropriate for different types. For instance, I’m a dry skin type and have been using a 2% retinol product since late January. The results have been amazing, but you do have to pay attention to the instructions. I started out applying a pea-sized amount to my face every third night for two weeks, then switched to every other night, and now I apply every night. Initially, I did experience some flaking, but not enough to bother me. Because retinol makes you photosensitive, you only use these products at night and wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen during the day is imperative. Additionally, locking in the product with a moisturizer is also vital for dry skin types. I feel like now would be the perfect time to try incorporating this into your routine if you’re in search of an anti-aging product while self-isolating!
Most people struggle with deciding which brand to use or which strength, so we’ve eliminated the hard part for you by expanding our product line through Skin Type Solutions (STS). STS is a skin type classification system that places clients into 1 of 16 skin types based on how you answer an in-depth skin questionnaire. The system then assigns you a regimen based on your skin type, and most of these regimens do include the use of a retinol product. The system won’t assign you a retinol that is too harsh for your skin to handle because it takes your answers into account. To take the questionnaire, visit skintypesolutions.com and use our physician code ASH155. You then have the option to order your products remotely through their website. Plus, you can save 20% and get free shipping on your first order when you use the code “STS20” at checkout. If you have additional questions about your particular skin type or retinol products, we are offering virtual consults for the foreseeable future!
Incorporating a retinol serum into my routine definitely upped my skincare game and continued use through my self-isolation has made me feel like I’m still maintaining a youthful complexion despite not being able to get my monthly services. It’s the little things!