My Nightly Skincare Routine With Tretinoin | Skincare Products Worth Trying

May 20, 2022
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If you’re anything like me, you’re probably obsessed with watching those Vogue Beauty Secret videos featuring your favorite celebs sharing their makeup and skincare routines. Knowing the right products and when/how to use them can be difficult, especially if you’re a beauty beginner. 

When it comes to skincare, I personally try to be as natural as possible and use simple products that won’t irritate my skin. That’s why I enjoy using clean beauty products and stick to a relatively simple makeup look. 

However, as someone who has been through various acne treatments, I find that using Tretinoin (also referred to as Retin-A) has been a miracle product for me. Retin-A helps to prevent fine lines, acne, and sun damage- the only downside is that it can cause a bit of dryness, but after years of using this product, I have found ways to combat this. 

So if you’re looking for a few skincare tips to help combat some of the side effects tat come with using tretinoin, keep reading to find out which products I use during my nightly skincare routine! 

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  1. First, I wash my face with Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser. I find that Cetaphil works great for most skin types, including dry and sensitive skin, which I have. Cetaphil offers facial cleansers and moisturizers for people with dry, sensitive, and all types of skin.
  2. Next, I go in with my eye cream. I’m not really loyal to one particular eye cream, so feel free to experiment. Instead, I prefer to try different ones and figure out which ones work. I know personally that my skin has taken to clean beauty products like  Olehenriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme and Kiehl’s creamy eye cream.
  3. If I feel a breakout coming or haven’t been diligent about applying my Retin-A in the past few days, I’ll apply it before using my moisturizers. Unfortunately, Retin-A is prescription only, so you’ll need to see a dermatologist to get one. It took me the longest time to realize that I only need a small amount of it and to apply it all around problem areas. It is NOT a spot treatment. That was the biggest game changer for me, I used to only apply it to small breakouts and pimples but then would find breakouts in other areas. Now I use this all around my forehead and chin/jaw area because those have always been my breakout areas.
  4. If I’ve been experiencing a lot of dryness, I’ll apply Kiehl’s Corrective Dark Spot Solution, which is one of my favorite serums. Seriously, this serum will get your skin looking bright and has helped heal so many post acne spots  to get my skin looking more natural again.
  5. Next, I apply my Retin-A! Again small amounts go a long way. I make sure to rub and blend it in well and typically will alternate between every other night with applying retin a except when it’s that time of the month and I am most prone to breakouts, then I will use a small amount and apply it all over my possible breakout area as a preventative measure. I also use it in areas that may be more prone to fine lines. There is so much talk about preventative aging and while I understand wanting to age gracefully, I don’t see the need for treatments like botox and feel that retin a has one a great job of keeping skin looking fresh and glowing in a very natural way.
  6. Finally, last but certainly not least, I make sure to moisturize the heck out of my face. I like to use a combination of Cetaphil body lotion and Kiehl’s Super-Multi Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream in areas with a little extra dryness. Another big game changer for my skin has been the way in which I apply these creams. I make sure to really rub it into my skin (gently though) in more circular motions to really allow my skin to absorb it.  Voila, my skin feels great and looks great! So long as I am SUPER diligent and proactive with my sunscreen and protection the following day because retin a does make skin more sensitive to the sun! Check out some of my fav clean sunscreens if you are shopping for some new skin care spf products.

Do you have any skincare holy grails you think I should try? Let me know in the comments!