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What are the benefits of using retinol body lotion?

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Retinols help increase skin cell turnover and build up the collagen layer in the skin to help smoothen out and firm the texture of the skin. This can be used to help combat signs of aging in the skin such as crepiness and other signs of photodamage such as hyperpigmentation. It can also help with “strawberry skin” aka Keratosis Pilaris on the backs of the arms, as well as acne on the chest, back, and shoulders.

Is retinol body lotion effective?

Yes it is, there are many different uses for a body retinol such as anti-aging, acne, hyperpigmentation, and keratosis pilaris. 
 

Are there any drawbacks to using body retinol?

Be careful with sunscreen when you are using a body retinol because it can make you more sensitive to the sun. Also for those with eczema or sensitive skin, a body retinol may be too irritating for them and may cause even more irritation of the skin. 
 

What should you look for when shopping for a body retinol?

You can look for other ingredients in it such as alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic or mandelic acid to help with exfoliation as well. 
 

Please share some body retinol recommendations (lotions, serums, or oils are fine) and explain why you like each of them.

I like the Naturium Body Retinol Lotion and Paula’s Choice Skin Smoothing Retinol Body Treatment . It is very hydrating while still providing the benefits that retinols have. Necessaire has a great body retinol lotion that also has glycolic and mandelic acid to help exfoliate the skin. Gold Bond Age Renewal Retinol Overnight is also a great budget-friendly option. 
If your skin is too sensitive and cannot tolerate retinol, you can try using the Weleda Body Butter which has antioxidants in it such as pomegrante seed oil to help regenerate the skin, as well as centella asiatica which helps with collagen synthesis. It also contains shea butter to help with hydration to help plump and smooth the skin. 
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