Should You Add Retinol to Your Routine?

You have probably seen the word ‘retinol’ thrown around in magazines or on beauty blogs. Retinol is known as the ‘superstar’ of skincare ingredients. It is kind of like the Taylor Swift of skincare, always at the top of the charts. There’s a good reason for that; retinol has been proven to not only treat a myriad of skin concerns, but it can also teach the skin to improve itself.

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A. Its makeup is special because it is a ‘cell-communicating ingredient’, meaning it can connect to skin cells and encourage them to recharge and rejuvenate like healthier, younger cells. This ability is just one of the reasons why scientists and dermatologists around the world refer to retinol as one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients. Another big plus for retinol is that it speeds up the skin’s natural cell turnover rate. As we age, it takes longer for our skin to shed dead skin cells and produce fresh ones. Retinol speeds up the process, exfoliating the skin and allowing fresher, younger cells to come to the surface. By improving exfoliation, sun spots and hyperpigmentation are also reduced.  Retinol is also an antioxidant, treating free radical damage and increasing collagen production for plumper, smoother skin.

You may be reading this and think that retinol is only effective when it comes to anti-aging. But retinol has a couple more tricks up its sleeve. It is extremely effective at treating acne, which is actually why it went on the market in the first place. Retinol clears the buildup of dead skin cells in your pores, unclogging them and blasting blackheads. It also helps fade any acne scars, while simultaneously lessening the appearance of large pores.

Now that you know all about retinol and its benefits, the only thing left is choosing the right retinol product. Well, that’s what we’re here for! Here are our retinol picks for different skin concerns.

Dermalogica MultiVitamin Thermafoliant – This powerful exfoliator contains a unique thermal technology to thoroughly polish your skin and ensure proper penetration of the active ingredients. It combines retinol and salicylic acid to even out the skin’s texture, as well as licorice and vitamin C to brighten the skin.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Glow Moisture with Active Vitamin D  experience a subtle burst of color and instant improvement in skin tone and hue within 1-3 hours of application. Use as a daily exfoliating Vitamin D moisturizer to enhance or boost self-tanning benefits.

Neostrata Spot Treatment Gel – Say goodbye to oily, acne-prone skin with this gel. Retinol gently exfoliates the skin to remove impurities and tighten pores, while salicylic acid controls oil and blasts breakouts. Neostrata’s patented NeoHydroxy complex provides a potent blend of antioxidants to protect the skin and minimize inflammation.

SkinMedica TNS Body Lotion – Retinol doesn’t just work on your face, you can also use it to fight the effects of the environment on your body. This body lotion is packed with refining and smoothing retinol, as well as antioxidants, proteins and collagen to soften, hydrate, and even out the skin on your body.

– Rebecca Harrisson