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Retinol is the best skincare product you can use for youthful glowing skin, preventing acne, and fading out hyperpigmentation. And it gets expert approval – almost every top dermatologist recommends using it!

It’s basically like a lucky charm for your skin.

But you need to use retinol, a top notch anti-ageing agent, effectively to get the sparkling flawless look. Here are the common retinol mistakes that we see:

Biggest Retinol Mistakes 

#1 You Think Retinol & Vitamin C Are A No-No Together

This myth originates from the fact that Vitamin C, especially Ascorbic Acid, exists in its stable form in an acidic pH and an acidic pH can deactivate retinol. But there is no scientific evidence to back this claim. Retinol occurs naturally in our skin, which itself has a slightly acidic pH. According to a recent research study, not only is Retinol + Vitamin C pairing effective, but a match made in heaven as Vitamin C stabilizes Retinol. They work together to protect and brighten the skin. Recent research tells us that skincare is rarely about one superhero ingredient since our skin requirements are many, so choose your skincare playmates wisely!

Best Retinol Product With Vitamin C

Red Vine Night Gel Crème

With Retinol, Mulberries & Vitamin C


#2 You Mistake Skin Reactions For Intolerance

People often think they should drop retinol from their skincare arsenal because they experience flaking, redness, or skin irritation when they first start using it. This potent product can definitely cause peeling but don’t stop usage completely – just switch to a lower strength formula or reduce the frequency of application. That’s how your skin becomes bright, clear, and luminous. Dermatologists say that clinically, it takes 2-3 weeks for skin cells to adapt to retinol but the key is consistency.

If you are a retinol virgin, you should begin with a low concentration product, no matter what your skin goals are. It’s advisable to start with a 0.1% retinol product twice a week. After a couple of weeks, increase the application to thrice a week. Once your skin begins to tolerate it, increase the usage till you eventually apply it every single day. Similarly, you can slowly graduate to a higher concentration of retinol.

Pro-tip: if you have dry or mature skin, it is recommended you use heavier retinol cream while lighter serums like the Retinol & Hyaluronic Acid LIFT & FIRM serum are best suited for oily, acne-prone, or dull skin.

Best Retinol Serum For Youthful Skin

Lift & Firm Serum

With Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid & Pomegranate


#3 You Think Retinol Is A Skin Exfoliant

It’s a common myth that retinol is an exfoliant. This Vitamin A derivative is actually a powerful antioxidant that occurs naturally in our skin. A key skincare player, retinol works by accelerating cellular turnover rate to reveal new, brighter, and even-toned skin, armed with increased levels of collagen and elastin. The result is radiant skin that is stronger and smoother.

#4 You Assume Retinol Shouldn’t Be Used During The Day

Retinol can be used during the day but only under broad spectrum sunscreen, including retinol products that are combined with Vitamins A, C, and E complex. The key here is that no matter what superhero ingredients you use, a broad spectrum sunscreen like White Lotus Sunscreen SPF 50 is your skin’s best friend as it also protects your skin from photo-ageing.

#5 You Avoid Using Retinol & Chemical Exfoliants Together

There is no research that says chemical exfoliants (AHAs and BHAs) cannot be used in the same skincare regime. And neither do AHAs and BHAs render the retinol ineffective. AHAs and BHAs exfoliate the dead cells from the surface of the skin, prepping it for the absorption of Retinol more effectively.

We have several Retinol options at Pilgrim and would love to help you out with one that’s perfect for you

Best K-Beauty Retinol Night Cream

Retinol Night Cream

With Vitamin C & Hyaluronic Acid


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How to choose the best face mist for your skin

Face toner is a very important part of your skincare routine. It provides extra hydration to your skin and helps you get rid of oil and dirt. It balances the pH level of your skin, allows better penetration of skincare products, and gives perfect radiant and glowing skin. Some of the other benefits of toners are-

  •  It will give you a squeaky-clean face.
  •   It gets rid of all the dirt and bacteria from your face.
  •   It will help shrink your pores and tighten cell gaps, thus reducing the penetration of oil, pollution, dirt, and other impurities. 
  •   It prevents redness and skin inflammation. 
  •   It helps get rid of blemishes. 
  •   It helps repair damaged skin.
  •   It contains glycolic acid that helps prevent ingrown hair. 
  •   It revitalizes your skin when you are on-the-go.
  •   It helps bind moisture to your skin.
  •   It prevents future breakouts. 

When and how to use a face toner?

Pat dry your face with a clean towel after cleansing and rinsing your skin. Apply an alcohol-free toner with the help of a cotton ball or a cotton pad or simply spray it on your face. Smooth a small amount across your face and neck, applying adequate pressure to reach deep into your pores. Let it dry and then continue your skincare routine normally.

How to choose a proper toner?

There are very many toners available in the market today and you may get overwhelmed because of the options. But for the face toner to benefit your skin thoroughly, you need the right one. Toner is not a “one size deal” and it is very important to identify your skin type before you buy one. 

  •   Dry skin- When you have dry skin, your pores are very small but the skin feels very tight and rough. During winters, your skin tends to get dry and flaky. People with dry skin often experience peeling of the skin, dry patches, and sometimes redness. 
  •   Oily Skin- Oily skin feels coarse, moist, and greasy, which means it is more prone to acne and breakouts. It tends to shine, particularly during midday.  
  •   Combination skin- Combination skin type is neither dry nor oily, it’s generally a mixture of both. Your T-zone area (forehead, nose, and chin) tends to be oily whereas the other areas of your face are dry. 
  •   Normal Skin- You may not experience any change in your skin throughout the day. It is not too oily or too dry. The skin usually feels smooth and clean. 
  •   Sensitive skin- If your skin gets irritated very easily, then you have sensitive skin. It may also feel dry and rough, especially during the afternoon time or night time. 

Toners based on Your Skin Type

  •   Dry Skin- Since you experience dry and flaky skin, you will need a toner that can hydrate as well as moisturize your skin. Choose a toner with moisturizing properties and avoid alcohol-based toners as they will end up drying your skin even more.
  •   Oily skin- Always opt for a gentle toner. Choose refreshing toners while completely avoiding toners with moisturizing properties.
  •   Normal Skin- If your skin tone is normal, you need to buy toners based on the season. In summers, go for a refreshing toner. In winters or when the weather is cold, choose a toner with moisturizing properties.
  •   Combination Skin- You would need to buy toners according to the season. You will need a refreshing and gentle toner during summers to maintain the oil balance and in winter, you will need a hydrating and moisturizing toner.  
  •   Sensitive Skin- Go for an extremely mild toner without any alcohol or acid content in them. Opt for toners that are anti-inflammatory and contain antioxidants. 

Tips for toners

  •   Read the labels carefully before you buy a toner.
  •   For a cooling effect, you can refrigerate your toner.
  •   Completely avoid alcohol-based toners as they are harsh for your skin.
  •   If you are suffering from dull skin, buy a toner that contains caffeine.
  •   For those of you suffering from acne or to prevent acne or breakouts, choose a toner with salicylic acid in it. 
  •   You can mix your foundation with your toner to give you a dewy look. 
  •   Before your workout or any other physical activity, just spray some toner for a fresh looking and hydrated skin. 
  •     Avoid toners with harsh perfumes and fragrances. 

Pilgrim White Lotus Natural Face Mist & Toner is the perfect face toner for dry skin that can put the moisture in your skin cells. It has an alcohol-free formula that will deliver the potent ingredients to your skin. The White Lotus is for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, and tightening and purifying the pores. The natural exfoliants will brighten the skin and restore it back to its youthful form. It controls sebum production and prevents acne and clogged pores without removing the natural moisture of the skin. The face toner uses the ingredient Witch Hazel to prevent blemishes and soothe skin irritations. You can use this face toner for men and women multiple times a day for refreshing and hydrating the skin.

Pilgrim White Lotus Natural Face Mist & Toner

The Ultrafine and Alcohol-free formula is just the right vehicle to deliver natures’ most potent ingredients. White Lotus purifies and tightens pores, moisturizes and hydrates the skin. It contains natural exfoliants to restore the skins youthful look and also has skin brightening and firming properties. Without stripping the skin of its natural moisture, it also controls sebum production, thereby preventing clogged pores and acne.

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