Retinol is the ingredient of the season and there’s a reason why. It is proven to be effective in managing acne, clogged pores, fine lines, ageing skin and uneven skin tone. Whatever skin type you have, there’s a retinoid for you. Trust that your skin will love you for the decision.
What is Retinol
Retinol is the most common form of vitamin A that can be found in nature. It is a type of retinoid and it can be found in various forms such as retinol, retinal, and tretinoin.
Retinoids are compounds that are structurally related to Vitamin A. They are used to treat acne, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. Retinaldehyde is the most potent form of all retinoids and works by reducing inflammation and increasing collagen production.
Tretinoins are a lot more potent than other forms of vitamin A because they can penetrate the skin more deeply into the dermis where they can repair sun damage, treat acne and manage other skin conditions. Tretinoin should be prescribed by a medical professional as it requires careful use
Retinol is a type of vitamin A found in many over-the-counter products. It is used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and skin discoloration. It requires the skin to break it down further to retinaldehyde so it can be less efficacious but gentler on the skin.
Retinol’s superpower is increasing your skin’s cell turnover rate. That is, increasing the speed at which your skin repairs itself. Because of this effect, the most common side effects of using Retinol are dryness, redness, itching and irritation. These effects can be minimized by what retinoid you use, what product you choose and how you incorporate it into your skincare routine.
How To Incorporate Retinol into Your Skin Care Routine
Before purchasing a retinoid, it is important to be clear about what your skin needs. If you are fairly young with minor skin conditions you may want to try a simple retinol with a low percentage. Retinol is still a powerful ingredient, as such, a 0.1 percentage in a product is great to start with. It is important to choose products with carefully designed formulas. The best retinoids contain emollients and/or humectants to soothe skin and minimize irritation.
Allow yourself a 12-week cycle to judge the efficacy of a retinoid. You may decide to increase your retinoid percentage or try a stronger retinoid such as retinal when you can be certain that your skin is desensitized to the one in use.
If you have moderate or severe skin conditions it may be necessary to visit an aesthetician or dermatologist who will recommend stronger retinoids which may cause more irritation but will be efficacious in managing your skin conditions.
If you wish to manage fine lines and ageing skin, a retinal maybe be most suitable as it penetrates deeper into the skin and will encourage more collagen production and quicker resurfacing of the skin
Retinoids are best applied at night time as they increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun. It is best to begin using retinoids once a week and then increase as sensitivity reduces. On such night and the next morning, your routine should be filled with soothing ingredients our Peptide Quench Serum, Peptide Quench Moisturizer and Ultra Restore Dry Oil to provide your skin with calming ingredients and adequate nourishment. Most importantly, adequate sun protection must be observed to protect your skin