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Retinol and AHAs - how they work

Updated: May 21, 2019

Retinol is derived from Vitamin A.

It’s a powerful ingredient that’s been proven unequivocally to do a number of things that minimise the signs of ageing:

  • Boosts collagen production

  • Accelerates cell turnover

  • Brightens skin tone

  • Soothes inflammation and unclogs pores.

Retinol really does help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines because it enhances the production of new skin cells. But it’s also excellent for evening out discolouration and pigmentation, and it can soothe acne prone skin and repair the damage caused by spots.

AHAs are Alpha Hydroxy Acids

And AHAs such as glycolic and lactic acid tackle a multitude of issues. They’re gentle to use and help the skin’s shedding process which slows down as we age.

AHAs are natural exfoliators; they rid the skin of dead surface cells that can make it look dark and dull, revealing a younger, fresher looking complexion underneath. They also help to reduce pigmentation and unclog pores.

Why should you use retinol and AHAs together?

As AHAs exfoliate and remove surface cells, they pave the way for topical skin creams to be absorbed more deeply.

Retinol works by stimulating cells from the deeper layers up, so if you use a product with AHAs such as Millionaire Magic to exfoliate the top layers of the skin, and then apply a retinol-based gel like our 1% retinol MAX, it’s able to really penetrate and do its job more effectively.

Together, retinol and AHAs are also super effective at fading out hyperpigmentation – they work in synergy. AHAs actually make retinol work harder.

Buy MAX and Magic together

You can see how well they work together and save money at the same time. We're offering a special discount on our MAX and Magic bundle.

Things to remember with a retinol-based product:

  • Don’t use a retinol product if you’re pregnant or think you might be. High doses of Vitamin A aren’t recommended but our Vitamin C range is a great alternative.

  • Build up slowly – only use it once or twice a week until your skin acclimatises to it.

  • Stay out of direct sunlight because retinoid-treated skin is very sensitive to UV rays. The sun can also reduce the effectiveness of retinol so to make sure you feel the true benefit, use it before bed and then use a broad-spectrum sunscreen the following day.

  • Less is more. You only need to use a pea-sized amount for your whole face. Too much retinol can cause redness and irritation.

  • Retinol can dry your skin so make sure you use a moisturiser after you’ve applied it. retinol MAX contains hyaluronic acid which is superb for dry skin, as well as aloe vera and jojoba oil so it already has moisturising ingredients.

Pop to our FAQ section for more information about the ingredients we use and other common skin care questions.

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