Quick Answer: When Should I Apply Retinol?

Start off with once or twice a week to see if your skin reacts and gradually work up to every other day or three times a week.

Another key tip for using retinol is to apply it at night and not during the day.

(Retinol can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.)

Do you put retinol on before or after moisturizer?

This is important, because if your skin is at all damp, the retinol will be able to absorb more deeply into your skin and might cause irritation. We want to apply moisturizers and serums to slightly damp skin, but never retinol.

When should I start using a retinol?

Begin in Your Mid ’20s or Early ’30s

“Your mid-twenties are a great time to start using retinol,” says Ellen Marmur, M.D. “Many patients who have used it for years swear by it.”

Should you use retinol in your 20s?

says Nichols. “Retinol is safe to use for men or women in their 20s to help boost collagen and reduce signs of premature aging, such as creepiness, age spots, and fine lines.” Darden agrees: “That’s when signs of aging (like fine lines) start to appear, so it’s best to ensure you’re on a good skin care routine early.”

Can you use retinol twice a day?

FACT: Retinol can be used every day.

“Because retinol is a powerful antioxidant,” says Dr. Emer, “it is important to use it every day.” And because retinol exfoliates the skin and produces new collagen, the initial results may be overwhelming.