After a broad-spectrum sunscreen, Retinol is your second best anti-aging tool. Retinol is a derivativeof Vitamin A and part of the Retinoid family along with retinalderhyde (retinal), retinyl palmitate andretinal acetate. Retinol is considered to be a cosmetic ingredient and found mostly in skincareproducts.
Dr Albert M. Kligman was a dermatologist who, along with his colleagues, first identified the use ofretinoid acid as a treatment for acne and wrinkles in 1986. Over 40 years of established research and more than 700 published studies show that retinoids are helpful in treating ageing skin by increasing firmness, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and improving skin tone and texture. Retinoids
have also been shown to reduce acne and pore size appearance. The benefits of retinol can benoticed in as little as 6-8 weeks
All forms of Vitamin A eventually breakdown and oxidize when exposed to air. Only buy a retinoid product if it is packaged in an opaque pump container.
Start low and go slow
If you’re new to retinoids, start using it every 2-3 days or mix it with your moisturiser. Gradually increase frequency as your skin adjusts.
Look for encapsulated retinol
A polymer or wax encases the retinol, which protects it while on the shelf and then slowly releases it into the skin. The time release delivery system reduces the irritation and gives the body more time to covert the retinol into retinoic acid.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF30 +
Daily use of sunscreen can help prevent the premature signs of ageing.
Use retinoids in the evening only and wash your face in the morning
Vitamin A in all forms is destroyed by UV light and can make skin more sensitive to the sun.
Do not use retinoids if you are pregnant, lactating or planning to become pregnant.
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