What Is Retinol?

Retinol is a synthetic derivative of vitamin A. According to Dr. Tina Alster of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, when retinol is applied topically, it converts to retinoic acid by specialized enzymes found in the skin.

 

What Does Retinol Do?

Retinol smooths and refines skin’s texture, enhances skin radiance and treats aging. Retinol is a gold standard ingredient in skin care. When incorporated into skincare routines, it helps accelerate skin renewal, collagen production, and reduce the appearance of aging, uneven texture and age spots.

 

Retinol Benefits:

  1. Prevent and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Brighten dull skin by exfoliating at a cellular level.
  3. Regulate oily skin and minimize breakouts.
  4. Fade darkened age spots and sun spots (hyperpigmentation) as well as even out complexion over time.

 

Retinol Side Effects:

Retinol can cause the skin to redden or peel if incorporated into your routine too quickly. Flakiness, dryness and breakouts can occur when first starting. Usually it just takes a little time for skin to adjust. Start adding retinol into your regimen slowly by using nightly one or two times per week, then gradually increase from there as your skin tolerates. Experts recommend wearing sunscreen to protect your skin from exposure while using retinol.

 

When to begin Retinol:

Experts recommend retinol be incorporated into your skincare regimen at age 30. As always, consult your Dermatologist or licenses esthetician for a regimen specific to your skincare needs or if you have any questions or adverse side effects..