If there’s one essential product that most skin care professionals seem to recommend, it’s the highly effective retinoid compound, Retinol. As the only product approved by the FDA to treat photo-aged skin, retinol can provide incredible anti-aging benefits like tightened pores and smoother, more radiant skin. Retinol, otherwise known as Vitamin A, has remained the gold standard in anti-aging.
What is it?
Retinol has been widely tested and researched, and was “discovered” more than 80 years ago. It is a compound of the retinoid family. Other known retinoids are retinoic acid, retinyl palminate or retinol aldehyde, which are all vitamin A derivatives. Many people are familiar with the product, Retin-A, which is a brand name for retinoic acid (tretinoin) aimed to clear skin and reduce fine lines. When it was first approved by the FDA in 1971 ( as retinioic acid or Retin-A), it was aimed at treating acne – but doctors soon discovered the anti-aging qualities. Patients wrinkles and lines were diminishing, among other things. However, some common side-effects of a Retin-A regimen can include dry, red and irritated skin.
This is where the more gentle, yet still effective compound, Retinol makes the ultimate difference in skin care. Retinol, although less concentrated than aggressive products like Retin-A, still produces the same benefits over a longer period of time, which is easier on the skin. Once applied, the skin transforms the retinol compound into the same retinoic acid ingredient in Retin-A, to a more subtle degree which reduces side effects like peeling or sensitivity. Skin care products do not need to leave skin in a constant state of redness or peeling to produce results.
What are the benefits of using Retinol?
Retinol (Vitamin A) is a multi-tasking ingredient, powerful for skin healing and improvement. It can revitalize skin beautifully while healing it.
- Reduces Wrinkles
- Improves Skin Tone and Quality
- Minimizes Pore size
- Lightens Age Spots
- Heals Hyperpigmentation
- Combats Adult Acne
- Lightly Exfoliates
- Encourages New Collagen Production
Things to Consider When Selecting a Retinol
There are many different forms of retinol and types to choose from. In order to get the most effective potency, opt for a medical grade strength retinol. Medical grade products contain higher potencies of the active ingredient as well as more sophisticated delivery systems. Our H&H Science Retinol Smoothing Serum contains medical grade retinol and 90% green tea polyphenols. This medicinal level of green tea soothes redness and eliminates any of the dry, flaky skin that has been associated with retinol and retinoic acid.
Medical grade retinol treatment serums, like our H&H Science Retinol Smoothing Serum, come in a variety of strengths. This allows even the most sensitive skin types to receive the benefits of retinol without the irritation. If you skin is sensitive, start with our H&H Science Retinol Smoothing Serum 2x. If you do not have sensitive skin, you can start with our H&H Science Retinol Smoothing Serum 3x. Retinol should be used in the evening since it can break down in sunlight.
Medical grade retinol treatment serums should be used in conjunction with an anti-aging skin care regimen that includes your daily skin care essentials. An ideal skin care regimen includes a broad spectrum UVA/UVB Sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of 30 or higher, antioxidants that include Vitamin C and Green Tea as well as skin brightening agents. Refer to our H&H Science Youthful Skin Care Pyramid to see what your skin needs on a daily basis to be healthy.
Retinol remains as the top pick for dermatologists and skin care professionals for healthy skin care. In fact, if you asked skincare practitioners to choose one ingredient that would address all the signs of UV damage and aging of the skin, most would agree that retinol would top the list.
It is an important part of any daily anti-aging skin care regimen. There are many benefits of using retinol as Vitamin A resolves most skin conditions by promoting healthy cell differentiation. When choosing a retinol treatment serum, it is important to opt for one that is medical grade so that you receive the best results and to start on the right strength for your skin type and level of sensitivity. It should be used every evening and is only one component of a healthy anti-aging skin care regimen. It should be used in conjunction with a broad spectrum sunscreen, antioxidants and brightening agents.
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