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The Power of Retinol: When to inform your therapist of using it!

Let’s delve into the world of retinol, its benefits, and the importance of communicating with your skincare therapist about your at-home regimen.

To maximize its benefits and ensure the safety of your skin, communication with your skincare therapist is key. Whether you’re planning a spa treatment, facial, or waxing session, informing your therapist about your retinol use allows them to tailor the treatment to your skin’s needs, avoiding potential complications and enhancing the results.


The Magic of Retinol

Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, benefits have been extensively studied and proven over the years, making it a staple in countless skincare routines. Here are some of the fantastic effects it can have on your skin:

  1. Smoother, Younger-looking Skin

Retinol stimulates collagen production, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a more youthful complexion.

  1. Acne Fighter Extraordinaire

By regulating skin cell turnover, retinol helps to unclog pores and prevent acne breakouts. It also fades acne scars and marks over time, giving you clearer, smoother skin.

  1. Brighter, More Even Skin Tone

Not only does it remove dullness and gives radiance, Retinol helps to fade dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage, revealing a more even skin tone.

  1. Improved Texture and Elasticity

With regular use, retinol can refine skin texture, making it smoother and softer. It also enhances skin elasticity, keeping it firm and supple.


Using Retinol Safely

While the benefits of retinol are undeniable, it’s crucial to use it correctly to avoid potential side effects such as redness, dryness, and sensitivity. Here are some tips for incorporating retinol into your skincare routine:

  1. Start Slowly

If you’re new to retinol, begin by using it once or twice a week to allow your skin to acclimate. Gradually increase frequency as your skin builds tolerance.

  1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Retinol can be drying, especially in the initial stages. Always follow up with a hydrating moisturiser to keep your skin nourished and balanced.

  1. Use Sunscreen Religious

Retinol increases skin sensitivity to the sun, so wearing sunscreen daily is non-negotiable. Opt for a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.

  1. Avoid Mixing with Harsh Ingredients

To prevent irritation, avoid using retinol alongside harsh exfoliants, acids, or other potent skincare ingredients.


Communicating with Your Skincare Therapist

Now, let’s talk about why it’s crucial to inform your skincare therapist if you’re using retinol at home, especially before certain spa treatments:

  1. Waxing and Retinol: A No-Go Combination

One treatment that should never be paired with retinol is waxing. Retinol thins the top layer of your skin, making it more susceptible to irritation and even tearing during waxing. This can lead to painful and unsightly results. It’s generally recommended to stop using retinol at least one week before your waxing appointment.

  1. Face Peels and Microdermabrasion

Retinol enhances the effects of face peels (especially chemical) and microdermabrasion. While this can be beneficial for skin renewal, it also means that your skin may be more sensitive during and after these treatments. The timing of when to stop using retinol before a face peel can vary, so it’s best to consult with your skincare professional for personalized advice. However, a general guideline is as follows:

  • Mild Peels (such as superficial peels): Stop using retinol at least 1 week before the peel.

  • Medium Peels: Pause retinol for about 1 to 2 weeks before the peel.

  • Deep Peels: Depending on the strength and depth of the peel, you may need to stop retinol anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks before the treatment.

  1. Facials and Extractions

If you’re scheduled for a facial that includes a manual exfoliation and extractions, retinol can make your skin more fragile so it is best to stop using 5-7 days before your facial. Your therapist needs to know to handle your skin gently to avoid unnecessary irritation.

  1. Microneedling and Laser Treatments

Both microneedling and laser treatments create micro-injuries to stimulate collagen production. When combined with retinol, these treatments can amplify results. However, your therapist needs to adjust settings and aftercare recommendations accordingly so please consult your specialist before having one of these treatments. 



Retinol is undoubtedly a powerhouse ingredient in the world of skincare, offering a myriad of benefits for your skin. When used correctly, it can transform your complexion, revealing smoother, clearer, and more youthful-looking skin.

So, the next time you book a spa appointment, remember to share your retinol regimen with your therapist. Your skin will thank you for it, glowing with health and radiance for days to come!

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