For many women aging can be a difficult thing to swallow. A silver strand or two in a mane of dark hair can go unnoticed, which at most means extra time at the hair salon getting a dye job. But wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and those fine lines that look like canyons up close, are harder to hide. Though they are often considered a sign of wisdom, wrinkles can make us appear much, much wiser than our years.
Depending on your lifestyle and genetics you may see wrinkles at 20. As your skin changes you may spend time on careful makeup application to cover up wrinkles around your lips, a spot on the cheek and wrinkles on your forehead. Along with these signs of age comes hyperpigmentation, which is when dark patches and discoloration appear on the skin. Women in the Middle East will be more sensitive to hyperpigmentation as it is also caused by sun exposure. Even smiling, one of the most pleasurable acts known to humans, can cause wrinkles!
Dermatologists and cosmetics companies have been teaming up to perfect anti-aging products for all skin types. Almost all of these anti-aging products share one super power ingredient: retinol.
Retinol has been lauded by leading women’s magazines like Vogue, which spoke to several dermatologists about its wonders. “Vitamin A is the go-to skin-care ingredient,” Arizona dermatologist Jennifer Linder told Vogue when referring to Retinol. Retinol is derived from Vitamin A, which naturally occurs in fish oil and liver and can be found in our own bodies as an important nutrient. Oprah also suggests using retinol, especially in the cosmeceutical over-the-counter format that won’t require a dermatologist prescription. Over-the-counter retinol treatments are less potent than prescription options and work slowly but comfortably towards healthy skin. More intense prescription products may cause redness and sensitivity to light, which is why anyone using a product containing retinol should apply it at night before going to sleep.
Retinol is at the core of all anti-aging skincare products that promise to rebuild collagen, stimulate cell growth and reproduction and renew skin’s youthfulness. These anti-aging functions fight fine lines, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles, as well as acne.
Who should use it?
Although sunscreen is the best way to prevent wrinkles, it’s often too late when we look in the mirror and see fine lines pop up. Here in Dubai and the Middle East women are especially susceptible to the harmful rays of the sun. Whether GCC-bred or expats, Gulf ladies face constantly dry and flaky skin due to this. Skin ages faster and ingredients like retinol become more valuable.
We all search for methods to retain the firmness of our skin’s youth in an easy way. When dealing with wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, retinol has been formulated in various concentrations to suit all skin types. It’s an ingredient that has been around for many years and has proven itself to be a powerful cosmeceutical that yields results.
Thinking about trying products that contain retinol? Check out Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles or SkinMedica Tri-Retinol Complex and see which works for you.