The group of Retinoids often referred to simply as Retinol, represents a family of actives derived from Vitamin A, with several skin benefits.
In the skin, Retinol promotes cell renewal and collagen production, effectively reducing wrinkles and dark spots resulting from sun exposure, combating sagging and diminishing skin discolorations, and transforming the skin’s texture.
Why Is Retinol good for skin?
As we age, skin cell turnover becomes slower and the skin becomes uneven and dull. Skin collagen production declines, leading to loss of firmness, expression wrinkles become more marked, and dehydration wrinkles become permanent.
Daily use of a cream with Retinol boosts cell renewal stimulating the skin to produce collagen and other components that contribute to maintaining the skin’s firmness and hydration levels.
Can Retinol be used to Help treat acne?
Retinol is an ally in acne treatment for its ability to unclog pores and regulate sebum production, helping to reduce pimples and blackheads and controlling skin oiliness.
What is the difference between retinol and retinoic acid?
Retinoic Acid is the active form of Retinol.
This means all the other forms of Retinol must be transformed into Retinoic Acid by the skin in order to exert their actions.
The active form, Retinoic Acid is also the Retinoid with the greatest irritating potential, often causing scaling, redness, and heat sensations.
To avoid these side effects, especially on sensitive skin and begginer users, Retinoic Acid derivatives such as Retinal or Retinol Palmitate are recommended.
How to use Retinol?
Skincare containing Retinol is usually applied once a day, preferably at night, as some formulations can be inactivated by sunlight.
Beginner users of Retinol should ideally apply the active every other night for a few weeks to avoid or minimize possible skin irritation. After the skin becomes more tolerant to Retinol, you can use it daily to fully benefit from its skin benefits.
The cream or serum with Retinol can be applied by itself, on a previously clean and dry face, or after a light moisturizing care. This helps to reduce skin irritation occasionally caused by this active ingredient.
A moisturizing cream can also be used after the application of Retinol to help moisturize and soothe the skin.
We recommend you to read the product’s instructions of use recommended by the brand.
When to start using Retinol?
There is no exact age to start using Retinol, as it can be used to tackle different skin concerns.
Retinol skincare is typically used in adolescence to treat acne and acne marks. From late 20s on, Retinol is most commonly used to correct and prevent aging, smooth skin texture, reduce wrinkles and dark spots.