everything you need to know about retinoids

Everything You Need to Know About Retinoids

With new anti-aging products being released every month or so, one product that has stayed consistent over the past few decades has been Retinoids and Retinols. If you have yet to find that perfect home remedy or Pinterest DIY for glowing and youthful skin, it may be time to introduce a Retinoid into your nightly routine. 

As we get older, our cellular turnover decreases significantly. Cellular turnover refers to the process of shedding dead skin cells and replacing them with younger cells. Retinoids are a vitamin A derivative that promotes cell turnover. This helps your body clear dead skin cells, oil and debris. This also allows your body to thicken the epidermal layer, which causes your skin to be firmer, with less fine lines and wrinkles. 

When introducing a Retinoid into your nightly routine, it may take a few weeks for your skin to adjust. I suggest starting slowly with just a pea-sized amount every 3rd night for a few weeks, then increase to every other night. Do this for a few weeks before trying to use it every night. 

Retinol works within your skin where it boosts collagen synthesis, increases elasticity and will repair connective tissue. Due to the changes that this product causes, your skin has to adjust and your skin cells need to re-learn how to turnover at a much faster pace. This usually leads to retinization. Retinization is the adjustment period in which the skin adapts to retinoid treatment. During this period, you may notice dry, red or peeling skin. While this process can definitely test your patience, it is worth it to push through. 

A prescription retinoid comes in various strengths, most commonly 0.025, 0.05 or 0.1.   I recommend you start out at a low dosage, and you work your way up as your body can handle it. If you notice your skin getting irritated with the prescription retinoid, you may want to choose a medical-grade retinol. 

My personal favorite is the Alpha Ret Overnight by Skin Better Science.  Alpha Ret Overnight causes little to no irritation and is the perfect duo of Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acid. No matter which product you decide on, all Retinols and Retinoids have an active ingredient that is sensitive to sunlight. This is why you should always apply them at night and keep them stored in a darker place. 


While buying every anti-aging skincare product is the first step, adding them into your daily routine is the second. Consistency is key when it comes to seeing results and it all becomes so worth it when you do. If you have always wanted to try a Retinoid but have been wary of the side effects that may come along, this is your sign to try them out. You’re only a few serums and creams away from your dream youthful skin.

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Alex grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Florida in 2016 to attend Florida Gulf Coast University. After graduating in 2020, she attended the University of Miami and received her Masters in Skin Biology. Alex has the long term goal of becoming a PA.

Jordan is another Naples, Florida homegrown! She comes to us with over 8 years of experience, previously specializing in vascular care. Jordan is also a busy mom of THREE boys, who finds her role of MOM as a source of inspiration and joy that fuels her commitment to making a positive impact professionally.

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Sharon is originally from the Boston area and has lived in Southwest Florida for over 20 years. Sharon came to us with 20 plus years of management and customer service experience. After staying at home to raise her twins for seven years she was excited to get back to work joining D-Lux Medspa in 2017. when she’s not working she enjoys cooking, gardening and has a passion for all things organization! Sharon and her husband Wayde also enjoy fishing trips, going diving with there children Carly and Chase or just going for a walk with their dog Ginger.

Alexis is a Naples Florida native who graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2019. Alexis brings her organizational skills along with her experience in the field of aesthetic management. When she’s not busy getting things ship-shape at DLux, you’ll find her soaking up the sun at the beach, enjoying boat trips, traveling and spending quality time with her adorable son Landon and two furry companions, Beau and Riley.

Nichole moved to SouthWest Florida 10 years ago after residing in Albuquerque New Mexico for most of her life. She met Dana not long after her arrival and they have been fast friends ever since. With a background in sales and graphic design Nichole brings her passion for delivering impeccable customer/patient service to her role at Dlux Medspa. When she’s not at the office she enjoys cooking (ask her about her old food blog!), being “artsy” and helping curate the Dlux Instagram accounts. She tries to avoid exercise at any cost, but somehow manages to get a work out in every once in a while, even if it is against her will.