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Navigating the “Ugly Phase” of Retinol: Tips for Dryness, Peeling, and Redness

Entering the world of retinol often comes with its share of challenges, commonly referred to as the “ugly phase.” Dealing with dryness, peeling, and redness can be discouraging, but fear not – there are strategies to help you gracefully navigate this transformative journey.

Start Slowly: Introduce retinol gradually into your skincare routine. Begin with a lower concentration and increase over time to allow your skin to acclimate, minimizing the intensity of the side effects.

Hydration is Key: Combat dryness by hydrating your skin from the inside out. Drink plenty of water and incorporate a rich, non-comedogenic moisturizer into your daily routine such as CLIQUE Beauty’s REGENERATE to lock in moisture.

Moisture Barrier Support: Strengthen your skin’s natural barrier by using products containing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and fatty acids. These ingredients help retain moisture and protect your skin from excessive dryness. CLIQUE Beauty’s RESTORE serum and SKIN RECOVERY sleeping mask aid in supporting the skins barrier while your retinol is hard at work.

Skip Harsh Products: During the ugly phase, simplify your skincare routine. Avoid using harsh exfoliants or products with potent active ingredients that may exacerbate irritation. Stick to a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and retinol.

Apply Retinol Correctly: Ensure you’re applying retinol to dry skin. Start with a pea-sized amount for the entire face, avoiding the eye area. Consider buffering – applying moisturizer before retinol – to minimize irritation.

Sunscreen is Non-Negotiable: Protect your skin from further damage by religiously applying broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day. Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, and proper sun protection is crucial.

Patience is Virtue: Understand that the ugly phase is temporary. It signifies your skin adjusting to the retinol, and improvements will follow. Be patient, and resist the urge to abandon the journey prematurely.

Remember, everyone’s skin reacts differently, so tailor these tips to your unique needs. With a thoughtful approach and a bit of patience, you can emerge from the retinol ugly phase with a radiant and revitalized complexion.