Retinol protocol for WINTER!

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One of our favourite vitamins for the skin is Vitamin A (retinol).


  • It absorbs into the skin more effectively than most other vitamins in skincare
  • Retinol promotes and maintains the ‘scaffolding’ in our skin which is lost as we age
  • It reduces pigmentation
  • May have anti-cancer effects. 

Retinol, derived from Vitamin A, is an ingredient used in many skincare routines to aid the health of the skin. Retinol is one of the best and most well-researched ingredients used in skincare to date. It works in the dermal layer of the skin to neutralize free radicals, aids in the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, creating a “plumping effect “and has an exfoliating effect on the skin, thus improving the skin’s tone and texture. 

Retinol loading involves building up a level of vitamin A in your skin thus having boosted effects. One would ideally do this in winter by working on a schedule of gradually easing the ingredient into your usual routine.

With retinol, it’s very important to always consider the possibility of “RETINOL PURGING” meaning that the introduction of the ingredient may initially need an adjustment period. How would you know if this is the case? The skin will appear itchy, with small bumps and sensitivity. This is not something that we need to be concerned about, it just means that the levels of natural vitamin A in the skin are low, rather just take a day or 2 off for the skin to balance out and drop down one week of the schedule. 

The golden rule to having the best and safest use of Retinol is by using as SPF daily, and ensuring the retinol is only applied at night and washed off thoroughly the next morning.

Retinol Protocol Schedule IHASA:

Week 1: use 1 per week

Week 2: use Monday and Thursday (2 per week)

Week 3: use Monday Wednesday Saturday (3 per week)

Week 4: use as week 3

Week 5: use as week 3

Week 6: Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday

Week 7: use as week 6

Week 8: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 

And continue…

We like to recommend a 5-day on and 2-day off (at maximum) for the most beneficial effects. 

Am I eligible to use this product? 

All skin types are safe to use Retinol taking into account that one’s skin barrier function is intact. It is highly recommended that you see your skin therapist, Nina or Bodene to advise accordingly, as there are many forms of retinol available on the market in many different strengths.



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