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This is Martha Thomas, head of customer care for Tree of Life Beauty, and I want to welcome you to our weekly newsletter where we discuss important ways to age gracefully, “how-tos” for keeping skin healthy as you age, and so much more about your skincare regimen.
Please be advised that we are not doctors or dermatologists, and this article should not be taken as medical advice or any medical statement. Any questions or issues involving your skin-care needs should be discussed with a physician, and we highly recommend you consult with your doctor before taking up any skin-care regimen.
We all want our skin to look ten years younger. Dewy, smooth skin without wrinkles, lines, or blemishes might feel impossible to achieve, though.
Retinol could very well be the solution you’re looking for.
Retinol has varied reputations, so how do you weed through all of these rumors to figure out if retinol is right for your skin?
Everything you want to know about retinol is right here, demystified and debunked.
What Is Retinol?
Retinol is a specific form of vitamin A known as A1. Vitamin A is crucial to a healthy lifestyle, and a deficiency can cause issues with eyesight, skin maintenance, and overall development. Vitamin A can be found in natural food sources like fish, dairy, and meats. After consumption, the body converts vitamin A to retinol and retinoic acid for usage.
Retinol is the strongest form of vitamin A. It’s even on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines because it is so powerful for treating vitamin A deficiencies and other related illnesses.
Aside from keeping your immune system healthy and your body growing, retinol is also an anti-aging marvel. It is widely accepted throughout the skincare industry as the strongest way to reverse and prevent signs of aging.
Many people think retinol works as an intense exfoliator, but this is not the case. Topically applied retinoids penetrate the skin at a much deeper level than exfoliation. Retinol actually affects gene expression at the molecular level. It has the ability to stimulate collagen production and skin cell turnover, leading to youthful skin stemming from the core of your epidermis.
There are various forms and potencies of vitamin A1. You may see other retinoid ingredients, like retinoic acid, on your product bottle. These retinoids function in the same way as retinol, but they tend to be less powerful. Retinol is the fastest, strongest way to see long-lasting results.
What Are The Benefits of Retinol?
Because retinol is able to influence collagen production so effectively, it has a number of significant benefits for clear, healthy, radiant skin.
Retinol is known for smoothing and evening out skin tone. Because it boosts the natural turnover of cells, it pushes fresh skin cells to the forefront and rids the skin of pigmented or unevenly colored cells.
Retinol may also be able to stop the process of photo-aging in its tracks. Studies have shown that retinoids can block UV-related collagenase, which is the enzyme that breaks down collagen. This means that retinol can actually help prevent the negative effects of sun damage. (P.S. This does NOT mean you should stop wearing SPF. You should always wear sunscreen.)
And of course, as its reputation declares, retinol is great for wrinkles and lines. Because it boosts the body’s natural collagen production, it can help “fill in” those deep-set creases. It also improves skin’s firmness and hydration, which assist in fighting against the wrinkling process.
How Do You Use Retinol?
Retinol is mostly found in serums and moisturizers. While some retinol products might be irritating, organic retinol solutions can actually be soothing and mild. Those products that are natural and contain other healthy ingredients are so gentle, in fact, that you can even apply them to crow’s feet and under-eye skin.
When choosing your retinol product, you should always look at the other elements in the bottle as well. Because retinol can be a little harsher, you want the other ingredients to be chock full of calming and brightening vitamins. For example, if you have naturally dry skin, you may want a retinol product that also has Shea butter and green tea, like our retinol moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. If you have deep pigmentation, you’ll want a product that also has vitamin E and witch hazel, like our retinol serum.
Start introducing retinol into your skincare regimen slowly. Begin with one retinoid product at a time to allow your skin to become accustomed to its effects. Because it penetrates skin cells so deeply, it can be slightly intense at first. You don’t want to shock your skin by bombarding it with retinol too quickly.
Retinol products take an average of 12 weeks to see full results—but the time is worth it! There is no such thing as a magic product, and if something works too quickly, chances are it is not a long-term solution. Retinol products take time to work because they are altering your skin from the inside out.
Take a look at some of our great retinol-based products for youthful, firm, stunning skin:
Ultimate Age-Defying Serum