Retinol + Waxing = Major Ouch Retinol is the powerhouse of anti-aging products. It's a form of vitamin A that encourages skin cell turnover, increasing new cell production and collagen. However, it also loosens the outer dead skin cell layer, making skin more delicate and susceptible to tearing. When hot wax is applied on top of this delicate skin, not only does it burn more easily, it can also be torn when the hot wax is removed. To avoid scabs and bloodshed at your next Brow Bar appointment, Dr. Graf recommends easing up on the retinol a week before any waxing treatment.
Readers like Rodan + Fields Night-Renewing Serum, since it contains retinol and peptides in a capsule form, giving you the same dose every application. For a stronger concentration of retinol, talk to your dermatologist about getting a prescription of Retin-A. If you've got sensitive skin, you may want to start with a gateway retinol product like RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream.
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