Retinol is a skincare ingredient that you don't really need to know about until your 30's are in sight, however, it's helpful to know of its existence and benefits for when that time comes. Unlike many skincare ingredients recommended for skin concerns associated with ageing, retinol does not remove dead skin cells. Instead, it works its way through the outer later of skin, to the middle layer.


Retinol is a concentrated form of vitamin A which works fantastically for mature skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and those younger looking for prevention.

Tip: Retinol is a great ingredient to look out for in products, however experts recommend that you don’t start using retinol until your mid- late 20’s.


How do you know if retinol is an important ingredient to integrate into your skincare routine? Common men's skin concerns as the move towards middle age include sun damage, wrinkles and rough skin. Before looking at the benefits of retinol in relation to your skin concerns, you need to know a few things about this ingredient...

4 things you must know before using retinol

  1. Start off with a small dosage and gradually increasing the strength over time.

  2. Only use it in the evening as part of your evening skincare routine.

  3. ALWAYS use SPF when using retinol.

  4. Start with a low dosage and work your way up. This gives your skin time to adjust and prevents the possibility of damaging side effects.

Benefits of retinol

If your skin concerns fall in line with any of those below, you may wish to look out for products containing retinol.

  1. Reduces signs of sun damage

  2. Improves pigmentation

  3. Reduces signs of acne

  4. Smooths and regenerates skin

  5. Reduces signs of fine lines and wrinkles