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Please Do Not Use Day Creams With Retinol

I was shocked to read in the July, 2012 issue of a popular fashion magazine, that they recommended many day cream products with Retinol, such as Skincare Cosmetics Day Cream with Retinol.

Retinol should never be used during the day according to WebMD and what I learned in studying for my Cosmetology degree. Web MD says "Retinol causes skin turnover and the new skin is delicate and should NOT (emphasis addded) be exposed to the sun.  That is why Retinol should only be found in products intended for night use.  They break down when exposed to the sun and air.  That's why Retinol-containing products should always come in a pump or tube with a tight fitting cap.  Once opened, these products do not keep well and should be used.  ...in daytime products, Retinol will have the OPPOSITE (emphasis added) effect and actually make skin age faster because it (the skin) is more susceptible to the sun no matter the amount of SPF protection promised on the product.  A good rule of thumb is never buy a product with SPF and retinol in its list of ingredients.  To learn more about this, Google should Retinol be used during the day.


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Very informative. Thank you

by Dmarie333 3 weeks, 4 days ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Thanks for the great information, I have been using retinol since I was a teen and they always recommend that you use a sunscreen even though you apply retinol at night. Supposedly it makes your skin extremely sensitive to the sun. I have seen my mom get a crazy sunburn when she didn't apply a strong enough sunscreen and then spent the weekend at the river. Even if you think that you are using a high SPF, you have to be sure to apply enough to actually create a barrier or else you are still susceptible to skin damage.

by RoleModel 7 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Wow that is interesting! I won't be doing that (again)

by bekkibek 10 months, 3 weeks ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

I've also read the WebMD article, and I believe it is misleading. Using retinols during the daytime is not going to have the opposite effect- this is a common myth. The reason that retinol products should not be used during the day is that they are very unstable in UV light and will breakdown. Bottom line- they wont work when exposed to light (sunblock does not protect the molecules from degrading) and you'll be wasting your money. So it's better to use them at night since they will be more effective. Which brings me to my next point.... retinols do promote skin turnover, which is why you should always use a sunscreen- whether your applying the product during the day or night. The skin turnover process is gradual, which is why a lot of retinol products say that it may take 8 weeks to see results. The skin is not immediately more delicate after applying the product. So if you are using a retinol product everynight (or everyday) your skin is constantly renewing and will always be more vulnerable to UV rays. It doesn't matter what time of day you apply it, you always need to use a sunscreen. Using a retinol product during the day will not make you more wrinkly. Logically think about it- if the sun is degrading the product so that is it not effective, then it's not working and not promoting skin turnover... and if it's not doing what it's supposed to be doing, then you can't be more vulnerable to more damage. But if you want to get the most benefit from a retinol product, use it at night. There is a lot of innacurate information on the internet about retinol, mine info is based on my PhD in physiology and articles published in scientific journals.

by smitinjaw324 1 year, 2 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

what? I had no idea. This article on total beauty says you should use daytime retinols because there is a difference between retinoic acid and retinols... The article is called: WHY YOU NEED A DAYTIME RETINOL NOW

by charbonn 1 year, 3 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Thank you for the great retinol advice. Will definitely keep this in mind.

by EricaF123 1 year, 5 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Really informative blog...

by browsecart 1 year, 6 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Hi Ladies! She is absolutely right. On staying out of sunlight when Retinal is applied and Once it is opened to use right away. A wonderful product containing retinol and Peptides to boost collagen product check out Rodan + Fields Night renewing Serum. They come in small capsules. It is amazing. It also has a 60 day empty bottle money back guarantee if you do not like that product(which i doubt will happen) Email me if you are interested in them or google: Tara Barel Rodan and Fields :)

by tara_barel 1 year, 7 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Just remember that the fashion mags are the same ones that photo shop everything. I don't think they worry about anything other than sales.

by alictasia 1 year, 8 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

I read this as well. Why would the sunscreen not protect you?

by veryvanilla 1 year, 9 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

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