Vitamins play a key part in staying healthy -- and your skin is no exception. As the main ingredient in retinol, Vitamin A has a pivotal role in skin health by clearing out clogged pores, smoothing the skin tone and boosting collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines. While prescription-strength Vitamin A-based creams (retinoids) are available through a dermatologist, over-the-counter retinol creams are also an option -- just expect a time span of twelve weeks before you see results.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and towel dry. Before you apply a retinol cream to your face, be sure your skin is clean to allow for the best absorption.
Wait 15 minutes after you dry your face to apply a retinol product. Use only a pea-size amount of retinol cream on your entire face, taking care to not get the product too close to the eyes.
Rub a moisturizer with sunscreen over your entire face. Retinol products increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, so be sure to wear a moisturizer with sunscreen under your makeup.