There is no magic cure for wrinkles and aging skin. People keep trying to find one, but every search leads to another treatment with an even balance of pros and cons. That’s always been the case so far, but one recent discovery looks like it could be the answer to that fabled elixir of youth. This exciting new discovery does it all. It naturally unclogs pores, boosts collagen counts, and reduces fine lines to smooth out the skin. It works fast too, sometimes in as short a time as four weeks. Retinol, the moniker chosen for these vitamin A derivatives, still aren’t the entire answer when it comes to anti-aging skincare and acne treatments, but they’re the closest thorough cure so far. If you’re looking for a fresh ingredient to boost your youth-preserving regimen, retinoids may be the answer.
HOW RETINOL WORK
Retinol, as you now know, is a vitamin A derivative that unclog pores. This active little vitamin also boosts collagen to help reduce fine lines and speed up cell turnover to correct discoloration and smooth your skin. It can accomplish all this and more in as little as four weeks, so get ready. When you embrace this healthy ingredient, change is going to come swiftly. If you use it right, retinol offers a one-month journey from tired skin to refreshed complexion.
Retinol was first FDA-approved as a prescription acne treatment almost 40 years ago. This ingredient, nicknamed Retin-A by the distributing company, soon became a point of interest for dermatologists worldwide. These experts noted that patients on Retin-A experienced brighter, softer skin with fewer wrinkles after a few weeks of treatment. This led to the more research and a slew of new prescription products all reliant on the clearing and anti-aging qualities of one original retinoid.
THREE TYPES OF RETINOIDS
After the break-through with Retin-A, three distinct varieties of retinoids became common. There was the original derivative known as tretinoin, the stronger tazarotene, and the gentle cousin to those two, adapalene. You might be wondering why these technical terms are of any important to you. These names mostly describe specific chemical makeups more useful to scientists, but knowing the names and qualities of each will help you pick the right products for your skin. Tretinoin is used in products like Atralin, Retin-A, and Renova. It’s the dependable type of retinol, tried-and-true from the beginning. Tazarotene, uses in Avage and Tazorac creams, works harder than tretinoin but it can be more irritating too if you have sensitive skin. Adapalene is the best option for sensitive patients, though it’s gentle approach isn’t quite as effective as the other two stronger varieties.
FEARS ABOUT RETINOIDS
There are a few myths about retinoids that may make you reluctant to try the ingredient right away. One popular belief is that it makes your skin more sun-sensitive. Another is that your skin will go through a phase where it looks worse before it gets better. These myths are based on truths, but they distort things a little. Retinol doesn’t make your skin any more vulnerable than buffing your face with a scrub. You just need to apply your normal coat of sunscreen after finishing a treatment. If you’re afraid the ingredient will do more harm than good in the beginning, ease into the treatment. You can start applying your cream every third night and increase the frequency as your body begins to heal.
RETINOL PRODUCTS TO TRY
Since retinol has proven to be so effective, many reputable skincare brands are incorporating them into popular products. There’s the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repaid Cream, packed with hyaluronic acid and easy to slip into your purse, and Perricone’s OVM Serum which uses eggshell membrane to ease on treatment. With multiple options out there to try, there’s really no excuse. Start your journey to a more youthful complexion today!
When it comes to anti-aging solutions, retinol is the closest thing we have to the fountain of youth. One application at a time and it can smooth out those frustrating signs of age.
— Julie Grossman