Retinol, an amazing anti ageing ingredient

You’ve probably heard the word Retinol used when referring to skin care products but you might not know just how amazing it is, and what it can do for you.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a type of Vitamin A which is commonly used in skin care and with good reason. It offers a range of skin care benefits.

It can help

  • minimise and reduce wrinkles and fine lines
  • improve skin elasticity and firmness
  • improve uneven skin tone

What does Retinol do?

Retinol works on the outermost layer of the skin, stimulating cells to turn over faster so that new cells can generate.

It boosts blood flow to the skin, which increases the production of collagen, while also helps preserve existing collagen from natural deterioration.

Another benefit of retinol is it helps balance sebum production in people with oily skin.

Similarly it’s a very effective ingredient for people suffering from acne. The oil and dead skin cells which collect inside hair follicles causing pimples are shed and replaced more rapidly.

Together the combination of reduced oil production and cell turnover helps prevent acne Although results will start to be seen within the first two weeks of use, it can take up to three months of treatment to see the full results.

Is Retinol safe?

Retinol is a form of Retinoid, which also includes Retin-A.  Retin-A is a much stronger ingredient and generally is not available with a doctor’s prescription. Retinol can be purchased in off the shelf skin care products because it is gentler, but still highly effective.

While Retinol is generally well-tolerated by everyone there are a few exceptions and words of warning.

  • Do not use while you are pregnant or breast feeding
  • If you have dry skin, ensure you are using hydrating products to avoid the skin drying out even further
  • Sometimes, Retinol can cause a mild irritation, tingling or redness.  This is often mistaken as a reaction, where in fact this is the skin’s response while it is rejuvenating.

Retinol is best used in products at night time as it can make the skin more photosensitive. It’s best to make sure you are also using a good SPF if you are using Retinol.

If your skin is new to Retinol, it’s also a good idea to incorporate any Retinol based products into your new routine slowly, while your skin adapts to the increase in cell turnover.  Start with once or twice a week, and then increase.

A few of our best Retinol products

Retin-oil Peel (in clinic treatment)  A highly effective in-clinic peel to help improve deep wrinkles, oily skin, open pores and photo-ageing.  The treatment also includes Salicylic Acid, which has a strong antiseptic effect, helping control oil flow and minimising pores. Two treatments are recommended, 30 days apart.

Retin-oil booster – the best Retinol serum / night cream to boost and help increase the effectiveness of skin peels. An ideal skin pigmentation treatment. Always apply an SPF such as all day shield when using this product.

Caviar Liquid Mask – contains Retinol and caviar extract to boost skin renewal.  Use one – three times a week.  Simply spray on and leave for 10 minutes, after this time massage in and apply a repair cream, such as ice cream repair, which also contains Retinol.

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