Retinol 101: The Secret to Smoother and Brighter Skin

Hello, fellow skincare lovers! I’ve teamed up with Olay to share my thoughts and experience with their new Retinol24 Collection and to give you some insights on the ingredient called retinol.


Olay Retinol24 Night Serum


Retinol has a pretty scary reputation, and I want to shed some light on this amazing skincare ingredient. Whether you’re worried about irritation or sun sensitivity, it can be daunting to add in retinol to your skincare routine.


When I was a teenager, I suffered from acne and I hated how bad my skin looked. No matter how much makeup I applied, I could still notice the bumps. I continued to have acne until my late 20s and although it has improved, it has left some blemishes on my skin. Over the years, I developed age spots and skin discoloration. This was due to poor sunscreen protection, or lack thereof, which is the reason it got me interested in researching this miracle ingredient.


As an esthetician, I often get asked, “What’s the best skin care product for my skin type?” The most important thing I recommend to anyone before trying any products is RESEARCH! Think of your major skin concerns and find out what products and ingredients are best suitable for you. While doing research for my skin type and trying to figure out what I can use to help with my skin concerns, I learned so much about retinol and realized I needed to share what I learned. So in this blog post, I want to debunk any common misconceptions around it. Keep reading to find out why retinol is my new favorite skincare ingredient!


Olay Retinol24 Night Collection




Retinol is a form of vitamin A, a relative to retinoic acid but can be gentler.

It helps to boost collagen, which reduces fine lines, wrinkles and helps to plump the skin. Retinol also brightens dull skin, fades dark spots, and treats acne.



In addition to the numerous benefits retinol has, effective retinol improves the skin’s brightness and smoothness. If you’ve used retinol in the past and didn’t see results, you may have been using the wrong retinol product for your skin. As listed above, retinol can help reduce dark spots and acne scars, evens out your complexion, and minimizes pores. Retinol is truly a universal product that helps bring youthfulness and plumpness to the skin. 



It’s recommended to only use retinol in your nighttime skincare routine because it’s photo-sensitive, and can breakdown when exposed to the sun. So, I really want to emphasize the importance of remembering to *ALWAYS use an SPF during the day to help protect your skin after applying retinol at night. In fact, regardless if you use this product or not, you should always be applying sunscreen all over your face as well as the body.



If you know anything about retinol, you likely know about the common (and totally incorrect) listed side effects: burning, itching, peeling (OH MY!). Previously, I thought these side effects were necessary to get the benefits of retinol. But the truth is, they are totally unnecessary! Retinol should never injure your skin. Once again, if you’ve experienced retinol burn, then you might not be using the right retinol product for your skin. Make sure to do your research, and if possible test it out before you buy.



No way! This is another misconception that I’d like to debunk. With its wide range of benefits, retinol is definitely suitable for adults of all ages and you can start using it as early as your mid-twenties. It’s much better to prevent the early signs of aging instead of trying to fix them later on!


Retinol definitely works to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, but it also does so much more such as brighten the skin, even out the skin tone, smooth skin texture and help diminish the look of dark spots and acne scars. So, if wrinkles are not your top skincare concern, not to worry! This product is universal and flexible – suitable for adults of all skin types and can be easily incorporated into your skincare routine while still producing amazing results.



Selfie Picture before Olay Retinol24 Night Serume use



Picture Selfie after 8 weeks of Olay Retinol24 Night Serum




I’ve been using the Olay Retinol24 Night Serum every night for the past 28 days, and I really want to emphasize that I’m so impressed with it! Unlike my previous experiences with retinol, I didn’t have any irritation with this product. After using the Olay Retinol24 Night Serum for the first time, my skin looked brighter and more hydrated. I also noticed a nice radiant glow to my skin, which I was a big fan of.


Olay Retinol24 is available as a Night Serum, Night Moisturizer or Night Eye Cream, in stores and online! If you want to learn more about Olay’s new retinol line, go to


***Disclaimer: I partnered with Olay for this blog post. I only partner with brands I love and trust before outreach, and all opinions are my own. For more information, visit the disclosure page.

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  1. Jill
    March 3, 2020 / 10:28 am

    Great info! Was looking for such a product as my skin has appeared dull lately! Thanks!

  2. April 22, 2020 / 10:42 pm

    Wow! Thanks for the education on retinol. I haven’t really put that into consideration yet.

  3. April 23, 2020 / 7:30 am

    I always hear good things about this retinol. Once when I had a peeling from a derma clinic, the doctor advised me to have a retinol mask. I googled this and it actually showed the same benefits you posted here. <3

  4. April 23, 2020 / 8:26 am

    serum looks much effective….. Thanks for sharing it…..

  5. April 23, 2020 / 8:41 am

    I need to pick this up. My skin has been looking rather sad lately and this could really help.

  6. April 23, 2020 / 10:22 am

    Love learning about this product line! Thanks for sharing.

  7. April 23, 2020 / 10:32 am

    This is a great review! Using retinol completely changed my skin when I started using it in my late 20’s. I wished I had known about it sooner!

  8. April 23, 2020 / 1:08 pm

    I’ve had problems with my skin since I can remember. Nothing brings me comfort. Can’t wait to try these products out, maybe they’ll help me a bit! 🙂

  9. April 23, 2020 / 2:16 pm

    Olay has some nice skin care products. I have not tried this one yet

  10. April 23, 2020 / 2:34 pm

    I am not sure my wife knows this brand, this is awesome! She is gonna be super excited to try it out.

  11. April 23, 2020 / 5:30 pm

    I have been using Retinol for years and I love it. My skin looks great.

  12. April 23, 2020 / 6:09 pm

    I’ve used the Olay Regenerist stuff for years. I love it! It’s a great value for the money.

  13. April 23, 2020 / 7:44 pm

    I have never used any retinol products. I should probably start looking at them and figure out which one to buy. Thank you for giving me a head start.

  14. April 24, 2020 / 12:53 pm

    This is great! I’ve been looking for a good nighttime moisturizer because my skin gets so dry. Thanks for the recommendation and the review!

  15. Joanna
    April 25, 2020 / 4:38 am

    I like that this is a night range of skincare, and you can leave it to action whilst going to sleep. It definitely brightened your skin.

  16. April 25, 2020 / 10:46 am

    Wow, seems like a great product especially when I looked at your “before” and “after” photo. A must-have skincare product!

  17. April 27, 2020 / 2:07 pm

    Retinal is amazing! We love that Olay has a product. Going to try it ASAP.

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