Retinol has acquired a bad reputation over the years. Many clients fear that retinol is too harsh, thins the skin, and will cause sun damage.
These are myths!
When incorporated correctly, retinol can work miracles on the skin and cure a range of skin conditions.
Let’s begin by defining retinol.
What is Retinol?
Retinol is a synthetic derivative of vitamin A–but falls under a broader category of retinoids.
When applied to the skin, retinoids increase the production of collagen, which helps treat acne, prevent dullness, plump skin, and can erase or minimize fine lines.
With varying levels of retinol, it’s possible to find the best retinol product that is most effective for even the most sensitive skin.
Today, we’re going to break down the top reasons that you should be using retinol in your routine and explore how this wondrous product can transform your skin.
1. Retinol Effectively Fights Signs of Aging
The science says it all.
Retinol is a holy grail anti-aging ingredient, and one of the only active ingredients clinically proven to make long term physiological changes in the skin.
Retinol has the power to reduce common signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, or sunspots, and age spots.
And the best part, it’s not just for older people! Retinol can help to prevent or delay signs of aging when used earlier in life.
2. Retinol increases your cellular turnover rate
Unfortunately, our cellular turnover rate naturally slows down as we age.
Retinol helps to speed up cell turnover, resulting in exfoliation and removal of dull, dry, or damaged skin cells.
New healthy cells formed in the lower layers of the skin are packed with water giving you more hydrated skin and added volume. This naturally helps to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reveals a brighter and more even-toned skin.
3. Retinol Builds Collagen
Collagen is what helps the skin retain moisture and density. Increased collagen production can help to smooth the skin by filling in inconsistencies and rebuilding pore walls to making them shrink in size.
Retinol increases our skin’s natural collagen production in the epidermis and dermis, resulting in reduced fine lines and wrinkles.
4. Retinol Regulates Oil Production
Struggling with acne? Retinol might be the cure you’ve been searching for.
While the ingredient is praised for its’ anti-aging properties, retinol was first developed to reduce acne!
Retinol helps to chemically exfoliate the dry, dead skin cells that clog pores and cause acne.
Incorporating retinol into your skincare routine can unclog pores, clear skin and prevent future breakouts from occurring.
Less acne = less acne scars.
And, retinoids can amplify the effects of other medicated skincare products, ensuring you get the maximum benefits of whichever acne treatment you might be using.
5. Retinol helps fade hyperpigmentation.
When you increase the cellular turnover rate, dark spots will naturally peel and fade away. Retinol also helps to inhibit tyrosinase, which is an enzyme responsible for the developing of pigment in the skin.
To amplify results, you can use retinol in conjunction with skin treatments such as superficial chemical peels, but you will need to discontinue retinol (temporarily) three days prior to your treatment.
Retinol is a powerhouse ingredient that can effectively treat a long list of skin concerns and conditions.
The results you will see from retinol can be truly amazing – but great things take time! It will take about three to six months of regular use to see real improvements in fine lines and wrinkles—and the best results take six to 12 months.
Since retinoids can sometimes cause skin dryness and irritation, it’s recommended to start by using them every other day, and then gradually increasing up to nightly applications.
Also, retinol can increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, so remember to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily!
Retinol products are widely available today, and there is a formulation for everyone.
With retinol, the formulation is key. It’s important to find a retinol that incorporates antioxidants and skin soothing ingredients that strengthen the moisture barrier while the retinol works its’ magic on your skin.
Not sure which retinol products will work best on your skin? Flash Lab can help you!
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