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:
Retinols and Sun Don't Mix!
- Diminish the appearance of age spots and blotchy skin
- Enhance the smoothness of the skin
- Even out skin tone
- Minimize pore size
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.