How often should I use it?
Retinol can be used as often as twice daily. If it is your first time to use it, you should start small with a drop or two, 2-3 nights a week. If everything goes well after about two weeks, and you do not experience any redness, dryness, or flaking, you can gradually increase the frequency to everyday. The key is to integrate retinol slowly and gently to give the skin time to adjust to the product.
At what age should I start using retinol?
Thirties is the age when early signs of aging such as sun spots or fine lines start to appear. Your skin will thank you later if you start early. You may begin to incorporate retinol into your regimen in your mid 20s or early 30s.
Can I still use other skin care products after applying retinol serum on my face?
Yes. You can apply the Shiny Leaf Retinol Serum before putting on creams, moisturizers, eye serum, makeup, and other skin care products on your face. It is best used together with the other Skin Pro Series face serums.
CAN IT BE USED AS A MOISTURIZER?
No. Do not use retinol as a substitute for a moisturizer. In fact, using a moisturizer with retinol is advisable because without an added layer of hydration, risk of sensitivity is higher. A moisturizer will also help lock it in and helps with the skin tolerate the product. We recommend to use the Shiny Leaf Hyaluronic Acid Serum on top of the Retinol Serum.
CAN IT BE USED UNDER MAKEUP?
Yes, you may. You can apply the Shiny Leaf Retinol Serum before putting on makeup.
HOW SHOULD I STORE THIS PRODUCT?
Store the Retinol Serum in a cool and dry place and away from direct sunlight. Keep away from children and pets.
Does this product contain fragrance?
No. The Shiny Leaf Retinol Serum is fragrance-free.
IS RETINOL SERUM SAFE ON SENSITIVE SKIN?
Yes, but with proper care and caution. If you have sensitive skin, you should start low and take it slow. Retinol is an ingredient that is known to induce irritation as a side effect during initial use of the product. Although this is just the product starting to work on the skin, proper care must still be taken. Using a hydrator like the Shiny Leaf Hyaluronic Acid Serum helps soothe initial effects.
What should I do if my skin has a bad reaction to retinol?
Typical reactions of retinol to skin are dryness and irritation. But these are common as the skin adjusts to the product and they are not difficult to manage. You may cut down the frequency of retinol application or use a hydrator like hyaluronic acid serum to soothe irritation. Once the reaction lessens, you can try retinol again.
When is the best time to apply the serum?
You can apply the serum any time of the day. For best results, apply it every morning and night as part of your skincare routine. Consistent use helps reverse the signs of skin aging.
Can I use the Vitamin C Serum with Retinol at the same time?
Using Vitamin C Serum together with Retinol or product that have both is not encouraged. Using these products at the same time will make it less effective and may cause irritation. We recommend to use the Vitamin C Serum in the morning and the Retinol Serum together with the Hyaluronic Acid Serum at night.
Does this Retinol Serum contain Vitamin C? Is it safe?
Yes, the Shiny Leaf Retinol Serum contains relatively low amounts of vitamin C for added benefits. It must be used separately from the Shiny Leaf Vitamin C Serum, which you can use for morning application and then the Retinol Serum for evening.
I have pimple-prone skin. Will this product help with pimples and acne?
Yes. One of the amazing benefits of retinol is its ability to control oil and reduce acne with regular use. It also helps shed off damaged cells caused by acne or pimples to bring out a healthier complexion.
How soon can I expect to see results?
When used regularly, some results may be seen in a few weeks. Results may vary depending on your skincare routine and exposure to external factors like sunlight, stress, and pollution. We recommend to use the serum as part of a skincare routine, along with proper skincare habits.
SHOULD I USE COTTON PADS TO APPLY IT?
No need to use cotton pads when applying this Retinol Serum. Just use the pump to take 2-3 drops of the product and apply directly to your clean face. Massage gently to spread on your face, neck, and upper chest area.
Is Benzyl Alcohol considered as an alcohol?
Benzyl alcohol is an aromatic alcohol. This colorless liquid is often used as a fragrance or solvent. It is naturally produced by many plants and is often found in fruits, teas and some varieties of essential oils. Although the term “alcohol” is used in the name, it does not contain any harmful alcohol like “ethanol”, and may be present in products that are considered as “alcohol-free”.
Love this retinol serum! I used to have a very dry skin condition where my skin looks dull and flaky and this serum was a savior!! Great quality and customer service.- Ellie D. (Shiny Leaf Retinol Serum User)