There are dozens of remarkable skincare ingredients having multiple benefits for skin, but Retinol stands out as the Star. Why? Because unbiased, clinical evidence supports Retinol’s amazing benefits. Just for starters, how about an ingredient that can simultaneously stimulate collagen production, reduce wrinkle depth, fade unsightly hyperpigmentation, clear breakouts, build elastin and just for giggles, function as a powerful anti-oxidant, interrupting free-radical damage, the primary cause of premature aging. WOW!
What is Retinol?
How is it related to Retin-A?
Retinol is a non-prescription type of Retinoic Acid. Prescription Retinoic Acid is available by generic and brand names such as Tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, MicroGel), Adapalene (Differin), Tazarotene (Tazorac) and a few others.
Retinol is molecularly once removed from Retin-A. Retinol is converted into trans-Retinoic Acid as it is absorbed by the skin. This one extra step means that the skin has time to assimilate the action of it gradually. Consequently, it is kinder and more user friendly than Retin-A. Think of it as whispering to the complexion. Conversely, Retinoic Acid, delivered directly to the complexion yells at the skin: “BAM! There’s your Retinoic Acid, now deal with it!”
Bottom line: Retinol used in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals has the same ability to radically stop and reverse the aging process and is available without a prescription. It is the single most important ingredient to have in your anti-aging arsenal and used appropriately to the skin type, everyone can tolerate it.
(First published 03/19/16)