Dollar Store Treat: Retinol Masks

Don’t I just look hot as hell?? Perhaps I will in 15 minuets or so!!

All kidding aside, this is a cloth mask infused with Retinol. What is retinol? Glad you asked!!

Retinol is Vitamin A. Really. Those in the know tout the benefits of retinal in both anti-aging and acne formulations. Retinol is said to stimulate the production of new cell growth, fade dark spots and acne scars, boost collagen production, and minimize pores.

However, I will likely not be seeing these results in this 15 minuet cloth mask. Beauty experts and dermatologists agree it take 3-6 months to see results. You should be at your personal best within 12 months.

Some side effects of Retinol are dryness, peeling, skin irritation, and acne flare ups. Retinol also makes skin more sensitive to UV rays, so keep an SPF 30 or above with your daytime makeup routine.

Doctors and dermatologists also agree that less is more. Don’t be tempted to use more than a pea size amount on your face. Using more isn’t going to help your skin faster. In fact, you are more than likely going to get skin irritations from overuse.

Here are some widely recommended product that could fit into our budget (based on Amazon’s current pricing)…

Neutrogena Ageless Intensive Deep Wrinkle Cream ($14)

ROC Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($14)

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair ($18)

Saqualane ($10; online only)

Differin Gel ($12)

If you decide to start a Retinol based beauty routine, be aware of the side effects. Start your routine slowly, maybe twice a week, to start. If your skin tolerates the treatment, try for a third night, working your was slowly to daily use.