Retinol

Category

Regenerative

Ingredient

Retinol

Definition

Category: Vitamin A

Type: Ingredient

Definition: Vitamin A, also known as retinol, stimulates skin-cell turnover and helps with skin rejuvenation. Vitamin A and all forms of Retinol are not exfoliants, like AHAs or BHAs, but can help with the shedding of dead skin cells. Although there are several benefits, over-using Vitamin A derivatives can lead to skin sensitivity and cause skin peeling. That said, it is one of the ‘golden’ skincare ingredients for us, and if you can find a formulation that your skin can tolerate it is great to incorporate in your regime.

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Benefits

  • Increases collagen synthesis
  • Improve cell renewal
  • Improve skin texture
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Fights acne
  • Reduces appearance of pores

Danger

  • Over-using Vitamin A can lead to skin sensitivity and even rip-roaring retinoid dermatitis – red scaly patches that usually start around the corners of the nose and trail down to the chin, accompanied by a stinging and burning sensation.
  • It is essential to build-up the usage of the product as your skin needs to get acclimated to the ingredient.
  • The % of Vitamin A (Retinol) in a product is extremely important.

Hint

A generally accepted ballpark number is that retinol is 10-to-20 times less potent than retinoic acid.

Contraindications

Pregnancy & Sensitive Skin

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