There is no ingredient in skincare more lauded than Retinol, with good reason! The revolutionary youth-enhancing, skin-smoothing, pore-refining power house should be the cornerstone of every anti-ageing skincare regimen.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a retinoid derived from Vitamin A, which is available over the counter. It does not remove dead skin cells, as many other products for mature skin do. Instead, retinoids increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen and elastin production, increase blood vessels, fade hyperpigmentation, and help skin stay hydrated and glowing
The boosted production of collagen and elastin creates a “plumping” effect, which reduces the appearance of:
Topical retinoids can also be used to help treat acne as well as to improve mild acne-related scarring.
Retinol/Retinoids are primarily used to treat the following skin conditions:
▪️Sun spots and other signs of sun damage, sometimes called photoaging
▪️uneven skin texture
▪️Melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation
To minimise irritation from your retinol, gradually increase the frequency of use from every 3rd day, to every 2nd day to every day, slowly over time. It will take approximately six weeks until you begin to see improvements in the texture of your skin.
As Retinols/retinoids are broken down more easily by UV rays, you are advised to use them only at night to ensure they are most effective. Bottles which contain them are often opaque for this reason.