Although Retinol has been around for a long time, it is something that has been more of a hot topic in recent years. There are so many questions to ask about Retinol, so here is our answer to the FAQs:


  • What is Retinol?
  • How does Retinol work?
  • How often should I use Retinol?
  • What is the difference between Retinol and Retinal?
  • What products should I be using?

What is Retinol?

Retinoids are a derivative of Vitamin A, and Retinols are a milder variant of Retinoid. Retinoid is the strongest version that is only available by prescription to address issues around severe acne.

How does Retinol work?

In a nutshell it reduces the skins cell turnover, which rejuvenates and unclogs cells, cleans pores and promotes collagen production, which minimises fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation.

Retinol is suitable for all skin types and can be used by almost everyone. The two most common skin concerns that we would recommend a client to start using Retinol products for, are ageing skin or acne/ blemish prone skin. Here is a little overview of what it can do for you skin if you suffer with either of these.

Best for anti-ageing

Stimulates collagen production and improves skin elasticity Smooths fine lines and wrinkles Minimises new wrinkles Best for pigmentation or sun damaged skin Encourages cell turnover Evens out hyperpigmentation Helps fade dark spots

Best for acne, acne scars and blemish-prone skin Treats acne Unclogs pores Smooths skin texture Evens out complexion

Best for dull skin Evens out skin tone

These are the main skin concerns but if you are just wanting to brighten your complexion, even out skin tone or even out your pores then Retinol can address a whole lot of other skin issues that you might have.

If you are wondering if it is the right thing for your skin, please ask us any questions you may have either by calling the salon or booking a free consultation with any one of our lovely facialists.

How often should I use Retinol?

If you are new to Retinol we recommend that you ease into it by using it every other day. You then have time to see how your skin reacts, to ensure that it does’t become irritated. 

You may experience some subtle side effects mentioned above. Once your skin adapts to the product you’re using, these side effects will subside. That’s a sign you can increase the frequency to several times a week, every other day, and then eventually daily (if you desire). 


What is the difference between Retinol and Retinal?

The short version is Retinal is a stronger version of Retinol. They are both derivatives of Vitamin C. Retinal is one step closer to Retinoic Acid, so it works quicker than Retinol and has lots of other added benefits.

Good news is Murad have just launched their newest Retinal range which is available at Cedar for you to buy today!


What Products Should I be using?

If you are new to Retinol, you should gradually introduce it into your skincare routine, especially if you have sensitive skin. We would not recommend going straight into a Retinal product, start with a Retinol product to ensure your skin doesn’t react.

With Murad being loved by so many people (including us) we couldn’t recommend their range any higher. We have the full collection available on our website, as well as in all of our salons for you to purchase.

So that is everything you need to know about Retinol! If you are unsure if it would be suitable for you skin or what products you should try, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We have a team full of professionally trained therapists to ensure that you are making the right decision for your skin.