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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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Night Serum - How to use it and it's benefits | Blog featured image

How to use a night serum correctly is one of the most common beauty questions. Just owning a night serum won’t be enough if you have no idea about what it does? Don’t worry ‘coz you’re not alone. Serums are not very clear products on the surface. There are so many questions regarding serums – It acts as a moisturizer, but you still need to use a moisturizer. It tends to be oily, but it’s not a face oil. It is watery, but is it a type of essence? 

So, what is night serum?

A serum is basically a skin care product that you can apply to your skin after cleansing your face and before applying moisturizer. It is meant to provide the skin with powerful ingredients directly. As serum is made up of small molecules that can deeply penetrate into the skin and deliver the active ingredients in a high concentration, it is suited for this task. This is why serums are also great for targeting specific skin care issues such as wrinkles.

Is serum a kind of moisturizer?

Yes, serums do contain lots of moisturizing ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which help retain the skin’s moisture. But this doesn’t mean that a serum can replace a moisturizer totally. Creams and face lotions are rich, and to keep all the good stuff in, this helps create a barrier on top of the skin.

What is the difference between face oil and night Serum for face?

There are both water-based and oil-based serums available in the market, and more and more face oils are being marketed as serums. Water-based serums are to be applied under the cream and these are essential because they have small molecules which help them penetrate and nourish the inner layer of the skin. On the other hand, oil-based serums have bigger molecules, so these go on top of moisturizer. These serums let the skin stay moisturized all day. It all depends on you to choose whichever product works for you. You can check the label to know how to use night serum based on your lifestyle. 

What about essence? Is it the same as a serum?

Essences and serums are very similar, based on what function they serve and where they come in your skin care routine. Although, they are different in texture. Essences have a more fluid texture, making them a little watered-down whereas serums are more concentrated and gooey. 

What are the night serum uses?

Knowing how to use a serum and adding it to your skin care routine can make a drastic difference to the way your face feels and looks. This is how-

  1. They are effective

Serums contain the highest concentration of active ingredients that you will get without a prescription. So you are sure to get results, whether you want to reduce fine lines, or tone your skin, or get rid of dark spots and so on.

  1. These don’t contain any fillers

Serums do not contain any fillers like petroleum and mineral oil because these are specifically designed to act as delivery systems. Their job is to ensure that all these fancy active ingredients should reach the innermost layer of the skin and nourish it. So you can stop worrying about your serum containing those cheap blocking agents. 

  1. These provide less oily complexion

The last thing we would wanna do when our skin is oily is to moisturize it and make it even more greasy. But our sebaceous glands are programmed in such a way that they produce more oil than normal to compensate for what it thinks is dryness. This is when serums come into play. As these are much lighter than moisturizers, these help us keep the skin hydrated and goodbye, overproducing sebum!

  1. Lesser breakouts

Unlike most traditional moisturizers, serums have more of a watery consistency which leads them to absorb residue faster, which leaves your skin breakout-free!

  1. It is a long-term investment

Yes, serums are more expensive than most skin care products, then how is it a long-term investment? Once you know how to use serum, you’ll get visible results and so you wouldn’t have to spend money on other products that do just a mediocre job anyway. All in all, it is up to you how you wish to spend your money – whether you want to buy five different, cheaper products or one good product which is a little expensive but works great for your skin. 

How often should you use serum?

Usually, once a day is enough for your skin, but that may change from serum to serum, so you can refer to the label to see the instructions. Gently apply the serum to your face and neck. The serum will repair the skin as you sleep.

Does serum expire quickly?

Serums contain certain ingredients such as ascorbic acid that may become unstable once in contact with air. But with the advancement in science, modified versions of these ingredients are used which last longer and are good for your skin. The bottom line is, you should use up your serum within six months to a year and store your serum vial in a cool, dry place.

Which is the right serum for you?

We suggest that you try our Vitamin C night serum that is lightweight and gets absorbed easily. Through our nongreasy formula, we are able to fight against any environmental damage or premature aging of the skin. Infused with Argan Oil, the serum contains Vitamin C as well as Vitamin E that hydrates the skin, promotes the collagen production, and fades hyperpigmentation. 

Another ingredient of this advanced night repair serum is the Hyaluronic Acid that prevents premature wrinkles and oily skin. Also known as ‘Liquid gold’, you have to use this Vitamin C serum at night so that your skin is repaired while you are asleep.

Serums are like super products, but that doesn’t mean “the more you apply, the better”. There may be a possibility that these powerful ingredients would irritate sensitive skin, so it is better to do a patch test and then use the serum.

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Pilgrim Vitamin C Night Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & White Lotus

This contains lightweight, easily absorbed and non-greasy formula is the perfect warrior to fight against premature aging and signs of environmental damage. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that brightens the skin and combats free radicals. When paired together Vit C and E have a synergistic effect, and the benefits are more rather than when applied alone.

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