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Here’s the thing about being over 30: at some point you realize that the aging process is as real as it gets because you see it in the mirror every day. According to experts, up until your early 30s, the cellular turnover takes place every 28 days. This means you get fresh, supple skin every month.

Once you hit mid-30s, this process slows down to 50 to 70 days, making your skin look dull and dry. You may start to develop fine lines, or your pores may look a lot larger because of all the dead skin. The solution that dermatologists recommend? Retinol cream.

What is Retinol and How Does it Address Skin Aging?

Retinol is a low-grade vitamin A derivative that is available over the counter. It addresses a number of skin issues, including acne, and sun damage, and signs of aging through topical application. It does this by increasing collagen production, which supports cellular turnover, , and skin elasticity.

This results in benefits such as improvement in skin texture, reduced fine lines, and increased brightness. Experts suggest incorporating retinol into a skincare routine as early as your mid-20s, but you can still reap benefits even if start your retinol journey in your 30s.

How Do I Choose the Right Retinol Cream?

Retinol is one of many retinoids or vitamin A derivatives and the formulas available over the counter come in different strength levels. If you’re going to introduce your skin to retinol for the first time, whether you’re in your 20s or 30s, start with gentle products that won’t irritate your skin. Use only a pea-sized amount of product a couple of times a week to gradually build up your tolerance, until your skin can absorb the retinol daily without irritation.

POND’S Age Miracle Night Cream contains the most advanced anti-aging technology, Retinol-C Complex, which allows the product to continuously release retinol actives for 24 hours. It hastens the cell renewal process and stimulates skin from within to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains ingredients that prevent dryness. At night, take a small amount of product and spread all over the face and neck. 

Should I Avoid the Sun When Using Retinol?

Retinol makes skin sensitive to the sun, so make sure you liberally slather on SPF 30 (or higher) during the day. Avoid using retinol cream when you’re on vacation or when you know you’re going to be exposed to the sun more often than usual. Sunlight reduces the effectiveness of retinol. There are new retinol formulas that don’t become less effective when exposed to sunlight, however, it’s always better to wear sunscreen anyway.

POND’S Age Miracle Day Cream also contains Retinol-C Complex and is formulated for day-time use. Bonus: It contains SPF for extra protection!

What Ingredients Should I Avoid While Using Retinol?

Since first-time retinol users can experience dryness and sensitivity, it’s best to avoid other ingredients that can have the same effect, such as . These side effects go away as your skin builds up tolerance.

Now you’re ready to start your retinol journey with the right retinol cream. If you’re thrilled about this (because we are!), share this article with your friends to spread the word.