There is a secret miracle ingredient that has been slowly taking over the beauty world…Starting with an elite group of dermatologists and beauty professionals, this ingredient’s name has been gently whispered passed between friends. Well, now it’s time that you know the secret to gorgeous and youthful skin too: Retinol.
Retinol is an ingredient that is derived from Vitamin A. It first stepped into the spotlight when it was approved by the FDA as an acne treatment, almost forty years ago. Dermatologists soon noticed that retinol wasn’t only curing acne, it was also smoothing out fine lines and fading dark spots. This obviously excited everyone and retinol was on the fast track to fame.
Today, dermatologists, plastic surgeons and aestheticians over the world agree that retinol is the single best proven ingredient when it comes to anti-aging. Retinol acts in several ways: it increases cell turnover, acts as an antioxidant, battles free radicals, stimulates collagen production, and minimizes pores. Thanks to the increased cell turnover, wrinkles and dark spots disappear.
All of this is pretty exciting, but there are a few things you should know before reaching for the retinol. Retinol may cause some dryness, irritation and flaking when you first start using it. Make sure you read the product instructions or ask your dermatologist if this happens to you, and don’t worry, it’s a totally normal transition period and you will soon be on your way to great skin. Retinol can also increase you skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so make sure you avoid excessive sun exposure and always wear SPF 15 or higher. You should also check with your doctor before using retinol if you are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant or lactating.
Alright, now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are a few great retinol-based products for you to try out!
1. SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5 – This anti-aging superstar combines retinol with hydrating algae extract and soothing magnolia to repair damaged skin and promote healthier, younger looking skin.
2. Eve Lom Eye Lift – Retinol can be used around the eyes, but because of the delicate skin around the area, it must be used very carefully. This eye cream uses retinol in the safest amount and combines it with oat kernel and hydrolyzed corn starch to lift, firm and unwrinkle.
3. Phyto-C ACE Serum – This serum provides a targeted treatment to fight sun damage. Retinol (derived from vitamin A), vitamin C and Vitamin E work together to protect against free radicals, fade pigmentation, plump up skin and make wrinkles and fine lines a distant memory. This serum also contains zinc sulfate to treat acne and rosacea.
– Aseya Atiq