Should You Stop Using Retinol During The Summer?

Should You Stop Using Retinol During The Summer?

You've worked through the peel, managed the post-purge breakout and retinol is your skin's best friend. But now summer has come around, do you need to throw all that hard work away and ditch your favourite retinol for the warmer months? Read on for the summer guide to retinol.

What is retinol?

Retinol is the technical name for Vitamin A and is an outstanding skin care ingredient. Retinol can help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone, increase skin firmness and fight the effects of environmental aggressors.If you don't know about retinol (Vitamin A) yet, you need to knownow! Have a read of some past blogs that will give you the key facts, tips & product recommendations you need to start your journey to better skin. Not sure where to start? Speak to our skin experts who will be able to answer any questions you may have. Call 0113 282 7744 or email

Do I need to ditch the Vit A?

In the majority of cases, retinol is suitable for most skin types and is particularly effective when treating acne prone, sun damaged and ageing skin. Consistency is important when treating these specific skin concerns, so we recommend continuing to use your retinol as normal during the summer.After you've put all the hard work in getting your skin used to retinol and seen the incredible results that Vitamin A has delivered to your skin, it would be a shame to throw it all away!


We've said it many times before; you all know the rules with SPF! Every. Single. Day. SPF must be applied, to protect skin against harmful UV rays and when used in conjunction with retinol, you have the ultimate anti-ageing duo.It is important to boost your protection against the sun when using a retinol and even more so during the hot summer months. Check out our top tips for keeping your skin protected during summer.
  • Layer your SPF “ start with a moisturiser and finish with a powder or setting spray, both with built in SPF
  • Reapply frequently “ you must ensure you reapply SPF every 2 hours when in direct sunlight
  • Seek shade “ seek shade between 11am “ 3pm where possible
  • Cover up “ wear a hat, sunglasses & cover easily burnt areas such as shoulders

Find an SPF that makes application and re-application simple, easy & enjoyable! We've chosen the best of the best, from a wash-on cleanser with SPF 30 to a handy touch-up stick for fast re-application on the go.Protect your skin from the moment you cleanse first thing in a morning! Dr Russo - SPF 30 Sun Protective Day Cleanser is a gentle cleansing milk that emulsifies on contact with water, once rinsed off and patted dry, skin is shielded with a protective layer of three of the most advanced UV sunscreen filters.Coola Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 comes in a variety of tropical, fruity scents as well as an unscented version. The convenient spray delivery system is ideal for on the go application and is completely clear so can be applied on top of makeup.It's also infused with antioxidants to protect skin against free radical damage caused by environmental pollutants.Those who suffer with melasma and pigmentation can often find it difficult to get targeted SPF coverage for the small areas of the face that need extra protection from UV rays. Mesoestetic Mesoprotech Sun Protective Repairing Stick is a handy solid stick applicator, offering targeted and easy application on the go. It is perfect for application on the forehead, upper lip and around the eyes. The superior high sun protection provides targeted defense against UVB and UVA radiation as well as visible light (HEV) and infrared radiation (IR).Available in four shades and delivering lightweight coverage, Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen SPF 50 is a brush-on mineral sunscreen that protects skin with a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50 whilst also creating a smoother, more even complexion and no greasy residue that can sometimes be experienced with liquid SPFs.The mineral formula is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin and can be used on post-treatment skin to minimise redness and offer much-needed UV protection.

To speak to one of our skin experts about retinol, SPF or to find the right skincare products for you, call 0113 282 7744 or shop online now!

Written for you by: Alex, Face the Future

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