Retinol: The Game Changer

January 30, 2017

Retinol is one of the most important ingredients for all skin types when we discuss anti-aging. But there’s much confusion about this very beneficial ingredient so I’d like to sort out some the misconceptions and hopefully introduce my retinols into your skin care program.

Retinol is a skin restorative revitalizer. It minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, diminishes dark spots, shrinks pores, improves texture and tone, encourages collagen production which restores firmness.

Not many people realize that retinol is Vitamin A.  It can come in various forms. These are Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinaldehyde, Retinyl Retinoate, Retinyl Proprionate, and the prescription medication Retin A (generic name is Tretenion) along with the second and third generation variants. As far as cosmeceuticals goes, pure Retinol is generally considered the most effective.

Retinol is one of the most important ingredient for all skin types

when we discuss anti-aging.

Retinol comes in all forms such as serums. lotions and moisturizers. Regarless of the texture, Retinol is a skin restorative revitalizer. It minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, diminishes dark spots, shrinks pores, improves texture and tone, encourages collagen production which restores firmness.

Retinol works deeper in the dermis to revitalize the skin, creating new collagen. The best skin care regimen uses both of these catagories for the best result.

Some mistake Retinol for an exfoliator and put it in the same category as AHAs because of the flaking they may experience. The difference is AHAs exfoliate the dead layers from the skin, creating a faster cellular turnaround and revealing younger looking skin. Retinol works deeper in the dermis to revitalize the skin, creating new collagen. The best skin care regimen uses both of these catagories for the best result.

My Daily Vitamin Serum contains retinol for all skin types.  My new Retriderm Serum Max 1% packs a bit of a punch but is better tolerated than Retin A.  Satin Slip also contains retinol in a moisturizer for dry and sensitive skin.