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Retinol (Vitamin A)

Retinol is the one skin care ingredient that will really make a difference to your wrinkles-- and it's the same one doctors have been touting for years. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, and is the only ingredient that can back its wrinkle-reducing claims with research. Both prescription and over-the-counter versions receive the thumbs up by dermatologists.

The gold standard for anti-aging, Retinol has the ability to stimulate collagen production to keep skin looking plump and youthful. Retinol is vital for the formation of healthy skin cells. It regulates epidermal cell growth and development that is required for normal reproduction of basal cells. Topical application helps smooth dry, thick, rough skin and improves elasticity by preventing connective tissue atrophy. Studies also indicate that retinol can increase collagen synthesis and epidermal thickness as well as treat dermatological disorders such as acne, follicular and lesion papules, actinic keratosis, oily skin, and rosacea.

With regular use, retinol has been shown over time to:
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves overall skin texture and tone
  • Minimize the appearance of large pores
  • Improves the look of discoloration or unwanted pigmentation
  • Improves the look of acne scarring and blemishes

Whether you are new to Retinol treatments or an experienced vet, ensure you are skin ready. Make sure you have taken a break from your exfoliator 2-7 days before starting on a Retinol –depending on skin sensitivity. Also, make sure you are equipped with a daily sunscreen, one that you are excited about and will want to apply – compliance is key and SPF protection is vital to the maintenance of treatment progress. You should not start retinoid therapy if you are pregnant or nursing.

If you are just starting out on Retinol, treatment a few times a week and low in strength, with a plan to step up, is ideal. Retinol works by exfoliating and breaking down the skin barrier, therefore leaving skin more susceptible to extrinsic aggressors, such as UV light. Because of this, skin may be more vulnerable while wearing a Retinol and it is why we recommend nightly application to maintain healthy skin functionality. You should apply a nighttime moisturizer rich in moisture replenishing ingredients such as ceramides, lipids and antioxidants after you’ve applied your Retinol.

Retinols have been found to make skin extra sensitive to the sun. Make sure to apply your daily SPF when using a retinol treatment in order to avoid skin irritation. During the day, you should apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher after applying your daytime moisturizer. Sunscreen should always be applied during the day, but even more so during your Retinol treatment to protect the skin and your progress.
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