Retinol: An Anti-Aging Powerhouse
What Does Retinol Do?
There are few skincare ingredients that deliver quite as many benefits as retinol. This powerhouse ingredient has been shown to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate the production of collagen, fight acne, even skin tone, and brighten. And while these results are enough to make anyone want to jump on the retinol bandwagon, first read our helpful guide to learn how to safely and effectively add this skin-transformer into your routine.
Where Does Retinol Come From?
Retinol is derived from Vitamin A, which regulates the production of cells, performing functions like making sure things like your vision and immune system are in check.
How Does Retinol Work?
When retinol is applied to skin, it converts to retinoic acid, the active form of vitamin A that effects change in skin at the cellular level. Retinoic acid stimulates cellular turnover, which helps shed dead skin cells before they build up in your pores which can cause acne. This process is also responsible for evening out skin tone and brightening.
Additionally, retinol helps to visibly reverse signs of aging by boosting collagen production. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin its structure, but as you age, collagen production slows, resulting in wrinkles. A healthy amount of collagen means a supple, more youthful complexion.
Will Retinol Irritate My Skin?
Retinol is a very powerful ingredient, and your skin may not be used to its concentrated strength, so you may notice a bit of redness and irritation in the beginning. Take things slow at first: apply retinol 2-3 times a week and always follow with a moisturizer. As your skin gets more accustomed to the ingredient, you can try adding it in more frequently.
How Should I Use a Retinol?
Apply retinol at night after cleansing. There is a common misconception that retinol can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn. While this is a myth, the ingredient does break down in the sunlight which is why it should always be applied at night.
Now you’re ready to experience retinol’s transformative results, but remember, because this ingredient works deep within your skin, it cannot change your complexion overnight. Stick with it for at least a month for smoother, suppler, and more radiant skin.