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What is retinol?

Retinol for Anti-Aging

Research clearly shows that retinol (technical name for vitamin A) has numerous truly astounding benefits for skin. To make sure you’re getting the best of what this superstar ingredient has to offer, here’s what you need to know.

Retinol’s Anti-Aging Benefits for Skin

Vitamin A is an extremely effective skin-transforming ingredient that seems to know just what your skin needs to help diminish visible signs of aging.

Over 40 years of established research shows it can help visibly increase the appearance of firmness, diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, significantly improve uneven skin tone, smooth and refine the surface of skin (yes, that includes pores), and much, much more.

When skin’s appearance is affected by environmental assault (and everyone’s skin is) or you have signs of aging, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, or an apparent loss of firmness, retinol steps in to minimize those concerns. Studies have clearly shown that retinol naturally turns around how skin appears—which makes it one of the most exciting skincare ingredients in use today!

Even better, a retinol product, be it in the form of a serum, moisturizer, or targeted solution, is easy to work into your daily skincare routine. But before you start shopping, read on for some essential retinol tips!

What You Need to Know Before Buying and Using Retinol

If you are new to using retinol, start slowly. Instead of daily application, apply your retinol product every other day and/or mix it with your usual moisturizer or serum to see how your skin does. Some people need to use a retinol product more frequently, while others only need to use it every other day. And be sure to apply it around your eyes, too, and follow with an eye cream, if preferred.

Make sure the rest of your skincare routine is soothing and gentle. Use a gentle cleanser, soothing toner, well-formulated moisturizers, and serums loaded with antioxidants and skin-restoring ingredients to help your skin get maximum benefits from the retinol.

Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater. If you aren’t diligent about sun protection, even the most effective, proven anti-aging ingredients won’t be able to deliver the results you want. Unprotected sun exposure and getting a tan (indoors or outside) is just bad for skin. Daily use of sunscreen as directed, along with other sun protection measures, decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

Avoid retinol products that only give your skin retinol. As great as retinol is for all skin types, everyone’s skin needs more than just one brilliant ingredient to look and feel better. Think of it like your diet: If you only ate carrots, you’d soon become malnourished, even though carrots and the vitamin A they contain are good for you. The same is true for your skin: It needs a mix of beneficial ingredients to thrive and look younger, longer!

Retinol is one of those skin care terms you may have heard bandied about, but may have no idea exactly what it means.

In a nutshell, retinol is an incredibly powerful skin care ingredient that can offer huge benefits.  There is copious research evidence that illustrates that vitamin A plays an important role in regulating cell production in the skin, and enhancing epidermal cell growth that may be sluggish in certain skins.Known as the ‘normalising vitamin’, retinol is a real workhorse when it comes to reversing the signs of ageing and acne and lightening pigment, and is great as an anti-ageing product. Retinol works as an antioxidant to protect the skin from free radicals, increase collagen production, and speed up cell turnover – which slows down as we age – to even out skin tone, reduce wrinkles and in the case of acne, unclog pores.

Did you catch all that? The superstar vitamin A ingredient you’ve been hearing all about can help with wrinkles, acne, pigmentation, and even enlarged pores. Retinol is also an incredibly handy ingredient for those with oily skin, as it can help balance sebum production.

Retinol has the remarkable ability to reprogram skin cells into behaving as if they were young cells, making the skin look younger and rejuvenated. The cells will, instead of producing collagen-degrading enzymes, produce more collagen. As a result, the lower layer of the skin plumps up, and fine lines and brown spots are reduced among many other things. I encourage everyone to use at least one vitamin A product every day in their daily routine.”

When you should start using retinol?

It is not so much about age, but more about when your skin needs to re-establish ‘balance’ to restore the skin back into a healthy state.”

If you’re not entirely sure if you should or shouldn’t start incorporating retinol or a retinol-based products into your skin care routine, your best bet is to go and chat to a skin care professional. As products feature different potencies of retinol, an expert can also help guide you on how much you should be looking to use.

Who should and shouldn’t use retinol ?

Retinol is an ingredient that can be used by everyone to maintain the health of their skin, but it’s important to note that as it is a vitamin A, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid the anti-ageing ingredient altogether.

It’s also a good idea for those with reactive or inflamed skin to be wary of using retinol products, as they can cause temporary redness, dryness and tingling (but rest assured, this is actually part of the process

Those with sun-damaged and more aged skin should look to use retinol products more frequently and seek formulas with a higher concentration of retinol.