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What the beauty industry don't tell you about retinol



Retinol and microblading


What is retinol?

Retinol is the holy grail of skincare and in recent years, many brands have incorporated this ingredient into their products for those of us seeking more youthful skin. It is a type of retinoid, a derivative of vitamin A, used for fine lines, wrinkles and acne.


How does it work?

Retinol works by increasing cell turnover in the skin, i.e. sweeping away dead skin cells and producing more collagen.


How is the use of retinol implicated in microblading?

Whilst the benefits of retinol sound great in achieving youthful and acne-free skin, the increased cell turnover means the pigment used in semi permanent makeup can fade more quickly. To prolong the longevity of your newly microbladed brows, we suggest not using retinol or exfoliating acids on or around your brow area for two weeks prior to your appointment. The longer you discontinue use of these products in your brow area after microblading, the longer the pigment will last.


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