When the temperature plummets, it’s necessary to bring out the skincare big guns. You might supplement your routine with ingredients like hydrating hyaluronic acid and repairing ceramides, or switch to a heavier moisturizer to cocoon dry, sensitive skin. But autumn and winter is also the best time to start using one unlikely skincare ingredient.

Whether you’re a skincare obsessive or simply a cleanse-and-moisturise type of person, you’ve probably heard dermatologists extolling the virtues of vitamin A (aka retinol). By speeding up skin cell turnover, the powerful skin ingredient has the ability to unclog pores (lessening breakouts), fade hyperpigmentation and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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