Retinol is a form of Vitamin A. It is also referred as retinoid, Retin A or tretinoin, tretinoin is usually stronger. Retinol is a powerhouse anti-aging ingredient. Retinol is the only anti-ager scientifically shown to work on a molecular level. Retinol has 25 years of scientific evidence to support their effects. It has recently made a comeback as a superior anti-aging ingredient. Over the counter Retinoids are usually weaker than prescription strength but are still effective and may take a little longer to see results.
WHAT DOES RETINOL DO?
It helps diminish fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and brown spots. It also helps to shrink large pores, helps with acne, unclogs pores and improves the overall skin texture. “When people use retinol as part of their skin care regimen, their skin is glowing and has luminosity”. Says beauty expert and Glowing Skin author, Tammie Grant. “I believe retinol should be apart of everyones daily regimen, especially for anti-aging.”
Retinol works on a molecular level because the skin cells have retinoid receptors that help to regulate certain skin functions. As your skin begins to deteriorate with age or sun damage, using retinol daily will help to normalize those functions. Specifically the production of collagen which is the building blocks of the skin and it speeds up the skins cell turnover which slows down with age.
DOES RETINOL IRRITATE THE SKIN
Since retinol is the most powerful anti-aging ingredient available, it is recommended for almost every skin type. However, retinol can cause irritation to the skin. It can cause the skin to be dry, flaky and cause redness. The key is to slowly ease in the retinol into your skincare regimen until your skin tolerates it. Begin using just a small pea size amount every other night and gradually use it every night. You can also begin with using an over the counter retinoid and ease up to a stronger prescription one. Always use a moisturizer after using a retinol to help with dryness. If you have flakiness, a daily mild exfoliation will help, sometimes the flakiness is not a bad thing, it is the results from the retinoids causing your skin to shed the sun damaged skin and promoting skin cell turnover.
RETINOL AND SUN EXPOSURE
Retinol itself is very sensitive to sunlight. Using retinol doesn’t really make your skin more vulnerable to UV rays, no more than if you just scrubbed your face and removed all your dead skin cells. Because retinol the ingredient is sensitive to sun exposure, its always good to use retinol at night. No matter what, you should still use a sunscreen, 30 SPF or higher.
WHEN NOT TO USE RETINOL
- Don’t use any type of a retinol if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Don’t use retinol after waxing, it can cause more irritation. Wait a couple of days after waxing before using retinol.
- Benzoyl peroxide and alpha hydroxy acids may deactivate retinoids, so don’t use them together.
- If you can’t reduce skin irritation from the use of Retinol, then you may have super sensitive skin and should not use a Retinoid. A small percentage of people will not be able to use Retinol because of this.
Tammie Grant is a respected beauty expert and author of soon to be released, How to get glowing skin. With 15 years experience in the beauty and skincare business, she is CEO and Co-founder of Tammie Grant Cosmetics, a flourishing business including makeup and advanced skincare.