Hey lovelies, let's talk about retinol. Retinol is not a new skincare ingredient. In fact, it is one of the more promoted ingredients for anti-aging products. However, it is used for more than just anti-aging treatments. And that's not all that you need to know.
What is Retinol?Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. It, along with retinoic acid, is often called a retinoid. According to Carolyn Jacob, MD, retinoids promote skin cell turn over, slow the breakdown of collagen and thicken the deeper layers of skin where wrinkles begin.
Important Retinol Facts
- While often called a retinoid, retinol is not the same as retinoic acid (Retin-A). In fact, retinol is converted into retinoic acid by our skin.
- Retinol is gentler than prescription retinoids but biochemically it does exactly the same thing. It just does it at a slower rate, according to Allure.
- Retinol is not the only vitamin A derivative in the beauty aisle. Ingredients called pro-retinols (retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, and retinyl linoleate) are gentler but much weaker than retinol.
- Retinol is light sensitive. Sunlight can break it down rendering it inactive. This is why products containing retinol are in metal, opaque plastic, or dark glass containers.
- Retinol does not increase sun sensitivity as was previously believed. As explained in fact #4, sunlight renders the ingredient inactive, this is why it is best to use it at night.
- Retinol can be applied to wet or dry skin. It does not increase or decrease the potency of the ingredient.
- Products containing retinol need time to work. While some benefits can be seen within a couple of weeks, the full range of benefits may take anywhere from three to six months to be seen.
- Retinol is safe to use around the eyes. Actually, your eyes probably need it more, due to those fine laugh/expression lines that like to form at the corners of the eyes.
- Retinol is not just used for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is used for acne, to help with psoriasis, warts, sunspots, blotchiness, and reducing the appearance of pore size.
- Yes, you should wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30. While retinol is working to give you a clearer and brighter complexion, you don't want to reverse that work by allowing the sun's UV rays to damage your skin. So protect the hard work that retinol is putting into your skin.
- Even though retinol is much gentler than prescription retinoids it can still cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. So start slowly by using it once every other day or every two days. If you notice any inflammation, sudden severe acne breakouts, or severe peeling then stop using the product and see your doctor.
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Using a Retinol Serum Is a Good Starting PointFace serums are sweet nectar for the face (in my opinion). If you are looking to begin using a retinol skincare product, use a retinol face serum like OZ Naturals 2.5% Retinol Serum. I've been using this serum as I switch up my skincare routine for colder weather. I use this at night after I apply my toner and before I moisturize. The serum is lightweight and a single pump of product is enough and is gentle on skin. I have not had any skin irritation or peeling, as a result.
Right now, the immediate results are the way the serum is helping other treatments readily absorb into my skin. It is helping to speed up skin cell turnover, as minor discoloration is not as prominent as before. Sometime around November, I will begin using the serum during the daytime and use My OZ Naturals Retinol Moisturizer at night. By spring, I will follow up with a report to see how well OZ Naturals' retinol products have done with long term results.
What facts about retinol were you surprised to find out?
Are you ready to begin using a retinol product like OZ Naturals 2.5% Retinol Serum?
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