Retinol is a word bounded around the beauty industry but not everyone really understands the power behind a real retinol product or the amazing effects it can have on the skin. So lets break it down, what is retinol and how will truly benefit you.
In off-the-shelf formulas, the ingredient called retinol is the only derivative of vitamin A worth using. Some may know this a retinoic acid but lets be clear there is a small difference. Certain prescription formulas contain retinoic acid, the magic ingredient that fights visible aging; nonprescription alternatives need to be converted into retinoic acid by the skin at the cellular level.
One of the biggest myths around is that Retinoids work by exfoliating your skin.
Honestly, we thought they swept away dead skin cells, too. Sometimes the use of a retinoid can cause some form of peeling and dryness. The peeling is certainly not why people start looking better. In fact, it's why most people give it up. Retinoids work at a much more profound level by affecting gene expression and causing enhanced collagen production, skin smoothing, and evening out of pigmentation.
In fact if you do feel small patches of irritation this is completely normal and you should push through it. Irritation that flares up after adding vitamin A to your regimen is "all part of the process,". We are only talking about reasonably flushed, drier-than-usual, lightly peeling skin. If the discomfort is prolonged or very uncomfortable, use it once a week or switch to a weaker formula. But it is important to stay consistent. In order to do some of our more advanced facial peels many of you will already know you need to be on some form of retinol in your home care and that is for good reason. your skin needs time to get used to the use of a retinol and be prepped for that next extreme level in order to get the best results.