Retinol Components: Beyond the A

Generally, retinol is the active ingredients in anti aging skin care and face creams. Retinol is a form of animal derived vitamin A that is able to permeate the skin’s surface and work below for maximum anti-aging effects. Anti aging skin creams that contain retinol are often a little bit more expensive than those that don’t but you’ll find them well worth the price, the results have been known to be exceptional.

Because retinol molecules are physically smaller than other types of vitamin A, retinol gets to where it needs to go, deep beneath the surface layers of the skin. Those deep under layers are what need the most help, as far as maintaining a youthful appearance is concerned. This is where the collagen and elastin, quantities essential in maintaining a firm, lifted appearance in your skin, reside. Retinol encourages your skin to produce greater amounts of collagen and elastin, thereby giving your skin what it needs to stay young and healthy looking.

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There are a couple of different types of topical retinol, so do make sure that you’re picking the one that’s right for you. Though most retinol cream available for commercial sale is designed with anti aging benefits in mind, retinol is also used to treat acne. The type of retinol that’s known as tretinoin, or retin-a should be avoided as it may be drying to older skin in need of moisture.

Skin irritation is a common complaint suffered by commercial and prescriptive retinol users. Because of its high potency, it’s not for everybody. Make sure that before you embark on a skin care routine that includes retinol, you do a patch test. This means that you’ll apply a small portion of the retinol product to the skin of your inner arm (this is the skin that’s most similar to that of your face) every day for a few days to be sure that there’s no irritation. While you may feel that some redness means that your skin is being exfoliated or that the product is working, this is not the case. Redness and irritation can be permanently damaging and drying to skin. Don’t let this scare you off of using retinol, though. If you can get away with it, you should. Your skin will thank you and so will your mirror.

Another important thing to remember while using retinol is that your sensitivity to the sun is increased. So do not use your retinol cream in the daytime, before sleep only. This is a better strategy anyway because your skin uses the hours in which you are sleeping to regenerate itself, so whatever you put on your skin at night will be more efficiently used, and it won’t be fighting with your make-up. You’ll also want to make sure that you use a higher SPF; it’s better to be safe than sorry. In the better safe than sorry category, retinol is not recommended for women who are expecting. Though no studies are conclusive yet, there’s no reason to take chances as far as your health during pregnancy is concerned. Besides, babies don’t face the same skin care issues that we do.

Beauty scientists are making a big fuss about retinol for a reason; it really works. It smoothes wrinkles, reduces the look of age spots and improves brightness. When shopping for a retinol cream, look for something that lists retinol as one of the first ingredients. This is insurance that you get what you’re paying for. You’ll also want to make sure that it lists retinol rather than vitamin A. Don’t be fooled. Retinol is great, but ultimately, it’s retinol that produces the big results. Different products all make different claims, and though there are some that promise everything, it’s still a good idea to look at our Editor Top Picks and see what really delivers for your skin.You can view a complete range of Retinols products at our partner store, Dermstore.

As with any cream that contains active ingredients, you’ll want to smooth it on with circular, upward motions, giving your face a quick massage and stimulating blood flow. You should also make sure you store your retinol cream in a cool, dark place, like the medicine cabinet, or the fridge. Get ready to see some big changes in your efforts against anti-aging.

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