Most of us have heard of Retinol, or Retinoids and their amazing benefits. Retinol, otherwise known as Vitamin A is clinically proven to help improve the appearance of aging skin. Retinol is shown to help improve uneven skin tone, promote cell turnover, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This substance can greatly help in slowing the aging process or minimize the effects of aging on skin.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a synthetic derivative of vitamin A. Vitamin A is a group of fat-soluble vitamins commonly found in carrots, eggs, and sweet potatoes. Vitamin A was one of the first vitamins approved by the FDA as an anti-wrinkle agent that can help to improve the appearance of the skin surface due to skin aging. (3)
Why is Retinol good for skin?:
Vitamin A and its derivatives (retinol, retinoid) are some of the most effective substances in slowing the aging process. Retinoids help regulate cell turnover and promote something called “keratinocytes proliferation” which aids in the anti-wrinkle properties of retinol. The anti-wrinkle properties of retinol help restrain water loss and protect collagen.
A keratinocyte is an epidermal cell which produces keratin. Keratin is the main protein in the skin and makes up hair, nails and the surface layer of the epidermis. The definition of Proliferation is a “rapid increase in numbers”. This process of “keratinocyte proliferation” helps increase the keratin in our skin and therefore skin protection. (3)
Is Retinol safe?
When used correctly and incorporated into your skin care routine appropriately, Retinol is an amazing addition to your skincare routine. To figure out the best Retinol product for you, it is important to consult with your Skincare Specialist.
When and how should I apply Retionol?
Retinol is applied at night after cleansing. Always apply your skincare products with your fingertips in upward and outward motions, finishing with a moisturizer like SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid 2:4:2. During the day, it is always recommended to wear a physical sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA/UVB damage.
A few of our favorite Skinceuticals Retinol products: