We know that Retinol is an important skincare ingredient, especially in anti-ageing products. But why? Read on to find out!
What is Retinol?
Ready for a quick Skincare Science 101? Retinol is made up of vitamin A and its derivatives. Because it isn’t a stable molecule, vitamin A is easily broken down once exposed to oxygen. That’s why you will find that the skincare brands such as IMAGE Skincare & Dermalogica will include this ingredient, which breaks on entering the skin to allow it to penetrate the deeper layers by a controlled-release delivery system.
What’s the benefit of that, you ask? Well, this powerful ingredient has been clinically proven to reverse the signs of ageing, stimulating collagen and elastin production (which are both great for plumping up the skin and making it look fresh). It also exfoliates the dermal layers – the deeper layers of the skin.
We advise, when deciding to introduce Retinol to your skin care diet, to always choose a cosmeceutical brand (with this delivery system) rather than purchasing brands you might buy over the counter.
Why is retinol an important part of a skincare regime?
As we age the structure of skin changes, which affects the appearance of our skin. Environmental factors, such as pollution, sun exposure, lifestyle, stress, smoking and lack of regular exercise can all lead to the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. Retinol is the magic ingredient that reverses the signs of ageing.
Retinols are best used at night, and introduced to your skin gradually to get your skin accustomed to this active ingredient. It can definitely take some getting used to. Once you start using retinol, your skin may start to feel tight, drier and experience some light peeling. This happens as your skin cells adapt and begin to tolerate the ingredient.
How to use Retinol in your skincare diet
If you use products containing Retinol or Retinoids 3-4 times a week, you will start to see noticeable changes in your skin by week 12, so do stick with the product you have been prescribed to get the full benefits. And trust us, the benefits are fantastic: from enhanced collagen production and smoother skin, to better skin clarity by way of lighter hyperpigmentation.
If you’re new to using retinol or thinking about including this important anti-ageing ingredient into your skincare regimen, we advise you keep your skin hydrated as much as possible. If you’re using a Retinol serum, then your night cream should be slightly heavier to maintain and hydrate your skin. If you’re using a night cream with retinol, then your daytime hydrating moisturiser must contain a minimum SPF30.
Which Retinol-based products should I use on my skin?
Dermalogica and IMAGE Skincare are both highly-rated skincare brands, creating products that work hard for your skin. Here are some of our favourites:
IMAGE Ageless Total Repair Creme for serious resurfacing
IMAGE Ageless Total Retinol-A Creme contains their exclusive peptide blend for visibly tighter skin
Dermalogica Age Smart Overnight Retinol Repair contains micro-encapsulated ingredients for maximum repair of daytime damage.
Need more advice? Just call our expert – Virginia Williams – for some free skincare advice: 0208 536 4031.