The Beginner’s Guide to Retinol

Retinol (vitamin A) is one of the most effective anti-ageing ingredients. Everybody can benefit from using it. How much retinol your skin needs depends on your skin type, your skin concerns and your skin’s tolerance. Start experimenting with a low strength and build up your usage over time to see how your skin responds.

Retinol creams or moisturisers: lower-strength retinol

If you have never used retinol before or have sensitive skin, it’s best to use a cream with lower-strength retinol. You will see exceptional results, especially when applied daily. These moisturisers with lower retinol percentages are also ideal for combining with our boosters or treatments.

Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer
Retinol strength: 0.01%
Skin type: Normal, Dry skin
Concern: Anti-Aging, Brown spots, Enlarged pores

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Resist Intensive Repair Cream
Retinol strength: 0.01%
Skin type: Dry skin
Concern: Anti-Aging, Brown spots, Very dry skin

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PC4Men Moisturiser
Retinol strength: 0.01%
Skin type: All skin types
Concern: Anti-Aging Brown spots, Enlarged pores

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Skin Recovery Serum
Retinol strength: 0.01%
Skin type: Dry skin
Concern: Anti-Aging Very dry skin, Rosacea-prone skin

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Retinol serums: medium-strength retinol

If you suffer from skin concerns such as uneven skin tone or texture and/or a visible loss of firmness, try adding a stronger retinol product to your routine, like a serum. Start by using 2-3 nights a week and build up usage to see how your skin responds.

Skin Balancing Serum
Retinol strength: 0.03%
Skin type: Combination and oily skin
Concern: Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Blackheads

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Resist Anti-Aging Retinol Serum
Retinol strength: 0.1%
Skin type: All skin types
Concern: Anti-Aging , Brown spots , Rosacea-prone skin

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Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Moisturiser
Retinol strength: 0.1%
Skin type: All skin types
Concern: Anti-Aging , Brown spots , Dull skin

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Retinol treatments: higher-strength retinol

For those with stubborn skin concerns, such as deep wrinkles and pronounced uneven skin tone, you may want to consider a product with a higher percentage of retinol.

Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
Retinol strength: 1%
Skin type: All skin types
Concern: Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Brown spots, Enlarged pores

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Resist 1% Retinol Booster
Retinol strength: 1%
Skin type: All skin types
Concern: Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Brown spots, Enlarged pores

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Clinical 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment
Retinol strength: 0.3%*
Skin type: All skin types
Concern: Anti-Aging, Wrinkles, Brown spots

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*While 0.3% retinol alone is considered a moderate amount, the combination of 0.3% retinol + 2% bakuchiol make this product perform like a high-strength option.

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