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Did you know retinol is one of the best anti-aging agents on the market? And you don’t even need a prescription for it! But what is retinol exactly and how do we add it to our beauty and skincare routines?
If you’re wondering what retinol is, how it works and the benefits of retinol, then you’ve come to the right place! Retinol is one of the most common ingredients in creams and serums, especially in anti-aging creams and gels. However, even though retinol is highly popular and has been tested and tried over the ages, there are ways to misuse it.
What is Retinol?
Retinol comes from retinoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A. Vitamin A works its magic on our skin by boosting the production of new skin cells and regenerating our youthful skin so that it lingers in its best phase. Retinol is most commonly used in skin care because it is one of the more sensitive types of retinoids, so it is less likely to irritate the skin.
Skin Benefits of Retinol
But what exactly are all the skin benefits of retinol? Great questions and even better answers! Let’s have a look!
Increased Collagen Production
Collagen is a protein naturally produced by the body. It works at keeping the skin firm and supple. Retinol supports collagen production, keeping the skin hydrated, strong and improves the skin’s elasticity.
Evens out skin tone and helps fight hyperpigmentation
As we mentioned earlier, retinal is a derivative of vitamin A, which aids in promoting skin cell rejuvenation. When we shed old skin cells and develop new skin cells, it helps remove scarring or discoloring of the skin that was left behind from sun damage or acne scarring.
Our favorite benefit of retinol is its power to enhance our skin’s glowing appearance. When our skin is even in tone, without fine lines, wrinkles and scarring, it glows. It really glows! Retinol also has the power to shrink our pores, which will give the skin a smoother looking, more even, appearance.
Proven to combat signs of aging
Retinol is clinically proven to decrease fine lines and wrinkles from the skin. It works at reducing early signs of aging, especially when it’s an ingredient in a cream or serum that works with other supportive ingredients to hydrate, cleanse and nourish the skin.
How to safely and effectively us skin care products with retinol
Even though retinol is great for removing fine lines and wrinkles, and can also be used to fight acne and reduce hyperpigmentation, it is not recommended to jump right in and start using it everyday. Yes, it is a sensitive derivative of vitamin A, but your skin may need some time to get used to the new ingredient and learn how to work with it. You’ll want to use creams and gels with retinol every other night, or every two days, for two weeks and then, once your skin is used to the ingredients, you can move to every night.
If you’re eager and interested in finding the perfect beauty product that includes retinol as one of its main ingredients, we recommend going for Vonetta Cosmetics’ GLOW. Glow has found the perfect balance of retinol and other skin improving ingredients that won't irritate the skin, but will rather make your skin glow with youth and vitality!
Are you considering incorporating retinol products as a central part of your beauty routine? If you have any questions about retinol please reach out to us, we’d love to fill you in on what we know!