In Your 20's.
This is a great age to start life-long habits that will pay off hugely later in life. Depending on your skin and history of sun exposure, the first signs of aging start to appear in your 20's because that's when your collagen production starts to slow down. Collagen is the protein in your skin that keeps it firm and plump - and fine lines start to form when it decreases. It's important to choose a lower concentration of retinol when you first start, until your skin has become accustomed to the retinol process - or retinization.
In Your 30's
If you haven’t started using a treatment at night, now is the time to start the life-long habit with retinol. Your 30's are when environmental and genetic aging, along with stress, lead to a sallow, fatigued-looking complexion. It's also when your body stops naturally producing collagen, leading to thinner skin and accelerated fine line formation. Retinol boosts collagen production and thickens skin, to help plump up lines, prevent deeper ones from forming.
In Your 40's
Now is when the difference between those who have taken care of their skin and those who haven’t becomes increasingly evident. Major changes in firmness and elasticity start to appear in your 40's, as well as more pronounced wrinkles and accumulated discoloration from sun damage. Prevention looms large here with retinol helping fortify elasticity, smooth out texture and keep skin pigment even and spot-free.
In Your 50's and beyond
Ideally, by now you will have a well-established retinol routine, but if you don’t, it’s not too late to start now. Skin in your 50’s will show more irregular pigmentation, age spots and will be thinner and maybe a little drier and more sensitive due to changes in hormones. Starting with a low concentration of retinol and building up retinization is always the best approach at any age – but especially important now. Perseverance pays - stick with it! Daily sunscreen and a nighttime Opulus Retinol+ program will be your best friends here, along with healthy living.
Forever and a Day
There are some exceptions to using retinol non-stop, of course, such as pregnancy or nursing where you’ll need to take a break and check in with your Physician before restarting, once you do start up again, resume with a lower concentration and gradually work your way up to the higher concentration again.
Either way, should you feel a bit of sensitivity coming on, there’s always the ultra-hydrating allantoin and peptide-intense RHR Overnight Mask Opoule Treatments that can be purchased on their own or are automatically included with Retinol+ Ramp-Up Regimens to calm things down.