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RETINOL

What exactly is this ingredient so often seen in creams and serums alongside buzzwords like “age-defying”, or “anti-wrinkle”? Is retinol safe? Why should it be used and how does it work?

Here’s everything you need to know about this popular ingredient.

What is Retinol?

Vitamin A (retinol) and its derivatives (retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde and tretinoin) are a group of agents that also have antioxidants effects.

Vitamin A is normally found in large quantities as retinyl palmitate in normal skin but, because it is destroyed by UV-light in its role as a sunscreen, the levels are rapidly depleted. Retinol is the number one skincare ingredient for reducing and preventing lines and wrinkles.

It is a gold-standard ingredient in skin care because it alters the behavior of aged cells so they act in a more youthful manner. t’s a form of synthetic Vitamin A that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and signs of ageing.

How does it work exactly?

When retinol is incorporated into age-preventive skin care routines, it helps accelerate skin renewal, enhance collagen production and reduce the appearance of aging, uneven texture and age spots. Retinol increases cell turnover, which means dead cells are rapidly sloughed off, and skin is left looking radiant and youthful.

It plays a role in increasing the production of epidermal ground substance glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) that bind water, therefore improves epidermal hydration and makes the epidermis thicker.

Think of your skin like a mattress that sags over time. Retinol works to make the mattress firm again, by helping connective tissues weave together and become denser.

What’s the difference between retinol and retinoids?

Retinoid is the umbrella term for any synthetic Vitamin A. Retinol is a type of retinoid that’s gentler, yet highly effective, in combatting signs of ageing.

When should I start using retinol?

When you start seeing signs of ageing, it’s a great ingredient to add to your routine.

For people over 30 who are into skin care, retinol is something they use often, have considered or at least wonder about from time to time.

What are the potential side effects? Should I be worried?

Retinol isn’t scary – just be sure to follow each product’s directions and start slow.

Is retinol safe to use while pregnant?

If you’re expecting or think you might be pregnant, check with your doctor before using retinol.

Retinols are not safe in pregnancy.

Know your limits.

Start with a lower concentration, and go easy with the amount and frequency, then gradually increase application.

Wear sunscreen regularly.

A routine with retinol makes SPF extra essential.

Exfoliate.

Get rid of dead-skin buildup with ingredients like AHAs. Just be sure to alternate with your retinol to avoid increased irritation.

Follow up with a moisturizer.

Your skin may feel drier, so you’ll want to rehydrate and moisturize as necessary.

Be careful with waxing.

Talk to your dermatologist before doing any facial waxing because your skin may be more sensitive.

Know your limits.

Start with a lower concentration, and go easy with the amount and frequency, then gradually increase application.

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