Why You Should Apply Your Retinol Before Bed

Why You Should Apply Your Retinol Before Bed

Retinol has transformed from a dermatologist-exclusive ingredient to a popular addition to skincare products. Its reputation stems from its ability to rejuvenate and counteract signs of ageing. However, many remain unaware of retinol's properties, mechanisms, and optimal usage.

Derived from vitamin A, retinol stimulates skin cell turnover for a clearer and more radiant complexion. By working deeply within the cells, it enhances collagen and elastin synthesis, minimizes ageing indicators, reduces pore congestion, and regulates sebum production. 

While the body cannot internally generate vitamin A, it can be obtained through diet and topical application in skincare routines. In a nutshell, retinol is magical, but harnessing its powers requires following certain rules. And rule number one is: APPLY RETINOL BEFORE BED.

When To Start A Retinol Treatment

More women are embracing retinol before reaching their thirties, driven by early signs of ageing or a desire to stay ahead with advanced skincare. Dermatologists recommend starting retinol in your mid-twenties for long-term benefits.

How to Introduce Retinol in Your Skincare Routine

Begin with every other day application for the initial weeks, and don't forget to finish with a non-comedogenic moisturizer. Incorporating retinol into your beauty routine may sound daunting, but we've laid out a detailed process below to ensure you get it right every time.

  1. Use it at Night

The number one rule for applying retinol is to apply it only at night. Retinol is highly sensitive to light, hence its packaging is designed to prevent heat exposure. By applying retinol before bedtime, you ensure that it works undisturbed while you sleep, promoting optimal results. 

  1. Start Slow

When incorporating retinol into your skincare routine, it's important to avoid the common mistake of using it every night from the start. Your skin needs time to adjust to this potent ingredient! Listen to your skin and adjust the usage accordingly. By gradually introducing retinol, you allow your skin to acclimate and reap the benefits without unnecessary irritation.

Begin by applying retinol twice a week, with three-day intervals, in the evening. Monitor your skin for any signs of redness or flakiness the following day. If your skin shows no adverse reactions, you can gradually increase the frequency to every other day, and eventually, if tolerated well, to daily application.

  1. Use in Small Amounts

Less is always more when it comes to retinol. Excessive amounts of retinol can do more harm than good. You only need a small, pea-sized amount to effectively cover your entire face. Applying more than necessary won't enhance the results and may even lead to skin irritation. So, be mindful of the quantity you use and focus on using just the right amount for optimal benefits. 

  1. Mix Retinol with Other Products

Consider mixing your retinol with your moisturizer before applying it. This method provides a gentler application, particularly beneficial for those with sensitive skin. By gradually introducing retinol mixed with moisturizer, your skin can gradually adapt to its effects.

Retinol should never be mixed with AHA/BHA or exfoliants and scrubs. "This would make the absorption of retinol stronger and may result in irritated or sensitive skin. The best thing to combine with retinol is a moisturizer because it hydrates the skin while reducing the risk of irritation," explains Dr Mittal Gupta.

Also the American Academy of Dermatology Association mentions, using too many products may irritate the skin, especially if you are using more than one anti-ageing product. This often makes the signs of ageing more noticeable. 

Steps to Incorporate Retinol in Your Skincare

Step 1: Start by cleansing your face with a cleanser or face wash. This step ensures that your skin is clean and ready to absorb important ingredients from skincare products. You can use:

  1. RETINOL Facial Foam
  2. RETINOL Facial Cleanser 

Step 2: The next step involves extra cleansing of your face with a facial toner to remove any residue or gunk left on the face. Use:

  1. RETINOL Rejuvenating Facial Toner

Step 3: The third step is important because this is the step where you give your skin the ingredients it needs to heal, rejuvenate, and work on stopping the signs of ageing. Start with the RETINOL Rejuvenating Night Serum and then apply a moisturizer.

Don't apply retinol directly to the under-eye area. Instead, use the RETINOL Rejuvenating Night Eye Cream formulated especially for delicate and sensitive under-eye areas.


Proper application of retinol is crucial for unlocking its youth-enhancing benefits. It is recommended to apply retinol exclusively at night to maximize its effectiveness. 

Always use sunscreen after applying retinol to protect your skin from increased sensitivity to sunlight if you are using it during the day. Results from using retinol may take at least 12 weeks, so be patient and consistent with your usage. It's time to stop the ageing clock and get glowing with retinol!