Benefits of Retinol
Retinol could be your second best anti-aging tool after broad-spectrum sunscreen of course!
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative and part of the retinoid family. It is considered a cosmetic ingredient and found mostly in skin care products. Prescription retinoid products such as Retin-A (tretinoin) and Tazorac (tazarotene) are more potent than retinol, but have a higher chance of irritation.
Over 40 years of established research and more than 700 published studies show that retinoids help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, increase firmness, and create smoother and more even-toned skin.
Avoid jars. All forms of vitamin A break down and deteriorate when exposed to air and light. Only buy a retinol product if it is packaged in an opaque pump container that minimizes exposure to light & air.
Start low and go slow. If you are new to retinol, start using it every 2 to 3 days or mix it with your moisturizer. Gradually increase frequency to nightly as your skin adjusts. Look for encapsulated retinol. Encapsulated retinol allows for a slow release into the skin to minimize irritation. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater. Daily use of sunscreen can help prevent premature signs of aging. Also apply retinol in the evening since retinol can make skin more sensitive to the sun.
Note: Do not use retinoids if you are pregnant, lactating or planning to become pregnant.