Symptoms of over exfoliation - is Retinol safe - RD Alchemy

With countless skincare products on the market, you may be inclined to want to incorporate all of the popular ingredients into your regimen all at once. While having a great skincare routine with a lineup of amazing products is key to achieving your best skin, it is important to know what and how much of the ingredients that your products contain to ensure that you aren't overdoing it.

An over abundance of ingredients like Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's), Citric Acid, Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA's) such as Salicylic Acid and Retinol (strong Vitamin A) can actually be breaking your skin barrier and causing your skin to freak out. These ingredients can be highly beneficial in proper doses, so resisting the urge to over-use your skincare products can actually be much healthier for your skin. If your skin isn't feeling it's best, it may be due to incorporating too much for your skin to handle - so surprisingly, less can be more!

Here are some of our tips to avoid harming your skin...

Are you supposed to exfoliate every day?

In order to avoid over-exfoliating, be sure to exfoliate 2-3x a week or less if your skin is sensitive, dry or raw. You'll want to change up the type of exfoliator you are using to a gentler, physical exfoliator as opposed to a chemical exfoliator. Our exfoliators soothe, nourish and detoxify the skin without being too rough. For all skin types but especially for sensitive skin, you'll love our Rich Exfoliating Cream Scrub. For all non-sensitive skin types, our Renewing Polisher is for you.

Natural face scrub - Renewing Polisher - Rich Exfoliating Cream Scrub - RD Alchemy

How to get rid of sun spots or breakouts...

This could be a sign you are doing too much exfoliating at this time. Give your skin a rest by taking out harsh exfoliants from your skincare routine to give your skin a chance to rebalance. Grab our Blemish Pen for targeted breakouts and our Acne Control Serum or Vitamin C Serum for short-term flare ups. For long-term, amp up your hydration and moisturization by alternating our Renew Exfoliating Serum and Hydrating Serum.

Best serum for sun spots - Vitamin C Serum - RD Alchemy

Is Retinol safe for your skin?

Consider reducing the use of Retinol and instead using the gentle derivative Retinyl Palmitate, which we formulate into our products as it is much less aggressive on the skin. While Retinol is commonly known for being beneficial in skincare, many experience side effects such as redness and flaky, peeling skin. Retinyl Palmitate (also known as Vitamin A Palmitate) can increase collagen, reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone without being as harsh on the skin. Many studies have shown that derivatives of Retinol can share similar positive effects without the harshness of strong or prescription Retinods. Find it in our Rejuvenating Oil Complex, Wrinkle and Line Correcting Serum and Eye Cream Complex.

Facial oil for dry skin - Rejuvenating Oil Complex Serum - RD Alchemy

Does not wearing sunscreen cause damage?

Wearing sunscreen or SPF daily to shield your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays is extremely important. It is especially crucial to use sunscreen if you are using Retinol, as sun exposure and Retinol do not mix and can actually cause more damage to the skin. For moisturization and protection, grab our Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen for oily/acneic skin or our Vitamin C Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen for dry skin. For all over protection, quickly apply our Sunscreen SPF 30 Face & Body Mist.

Reef safe sunscreens - Vitamin C Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF30 - RD Alchemy

What does toner do?

Toner is a step that you won't want to skip, as it clears pores from excess dirt and oil and preps the skin for your moisturizer. Toner can reduce pore size, restore your skin's pH balance and keep your skin refreshed and extra cleansed. However, there are many toners that are on the dryer, more astringent side (usually containing alcohol), which can cause the skin to become more irritated. Try switching to a cream based formula for your cleanser like our Calming Cream Cleanser and a gentle toner like our Soothing Toner.

Soothing Toner - toner for dry skin - best toner for sensitive skin - RD Alchemy


 Applying these tips to your skincare routine can make a huge difference in how your skin feels (and looks). Even if you only have to change one thing in your regimen, the results can lead to much healthier skin in the short and long term.