How often should I use retinol?
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 RETINOL 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.
HOW MUCH PERCENTAGE OF HYALURONIC ACID DOES THIS PRODUCT HAVE?
Shiny Leaf Hyaluronic Acid Supplement contains 1.6% hyaluronic acid complex. Our Advanced Formula utilized the powerful Actique™ Hyal Matrix Complex, a combination of 7 moisturizing ingredients in one.
DOES THIS PRODUCT CONTAIN PHENOXYETHANOL?
No. Our Skin Pro Serums do not contain Phenoxyethanol. This makes the serums more natural and safer for your skin.
DOES IT CONTAIN FRAGRANCE?
No. Shiny Leaf serums do not contain synthetic fragrances.
Can I use this serum even if I have oily skin?
Yes. Retinol Serum is well-recommended for oily skin. The Shiny Leaf Hyaluronic Acid Serum also contains Green Tea Extract and Salicylic Acid which help regulate oil production to reduce oiliness and keep your skin healthy and acne-free as well.
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.
When is the best time to apply the Retinol Serum?
You can apply the Retinol Serum any time of the day. For best results, apply Vitamin C Serum in the morning and the Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid Serum at night as part of your skincare routine. Just make sure that if using retinol during daytime, use proper sun protection and avoid the sun in peak hours. Consistent use helps reverse the signs of skin aging.
WILL THIS PREVENT WRINKLES?
Yes. Shiny Leaf Hyaluronic Acid Serum helps fill in fine lines and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. This is supported by the cell-regenerating power of Retinol Serum. Retinol helps create new and healthier cells that are smoother and young-looking. They also contain Vitamin C for increased collagen production. Collagen keeps the skin plump to prevent wrinkles formation.
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 MANY DROPS? CAN I USE MORE?
Each drop of Shiny Leaf serums is potent and a little goes a long way. We recommend 2-3 drops of each serum to start. If you feel the need to add more, do so gradually and with care.
CAN I STILL USE OTHER SKIN CARE PRODUCTS AFTER APPLYING THE SERUMS ON MY FACE?
Yes. You can put on creams, sunscreen, moisturizers, eye serum, makeup, and other skin care products on your face after using Shiny Leaf Serums.
SHOULD I USE COTTON PADS TO APPLY THESE?
No. Shiny Leaf Vitamin C Serum is very light and absorbs fast. Cotton pads will just soak up the serum. The best way to apply the serums is by using the pump to take a few drops and apply on the skin using your ring finger. It will help the serums to penetrate your skin better.
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”.
HOW SHOULD I STORE THIS PRODUCT?
Store the Shiny Leaf serums in a cool and dry place and away from direct sunlight. Keep away from children and pets.
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 serums as part of a regular skincare routine, along with proper skincare habits.